Editorial Board   

Mr. King

Robert King

General Manager, Travel & Hospitality, ClickSquared

With more than 20 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry, Robert King has held marketing, sales and senior management positions at a variety of organizations. Mr. King works with ClickSquared clients throughout North America, Asia and Europe to develop and implement highly targeted, timely, interactive customer relationship programs that result in increased ROI. Prior to joining ClickSquared, Mr. King was with Intrawest Corporation in Vancouver, BC where he was senior vice president of marketing and sales. At Intrawest, Mr. King was responsible for creating a fully integrated CRM system that resulted in more than $120 million annually in resort revenue. Before Intrawest, Mr. King was vice president of Turnworks, Inc. a Houston-based private equity/consulting firm. Prior to Turnworks, he held senior-level positions at Neat Group, Inc., a start-up Internet distribution company and Continental Airlines, Inc. At Continental, Mr. King was a staff vice president and managed its North American field sales organization, a network of over 50 city ticket offices and an outbound telesales operation that collectively generated more than $5 billion in annual revenue.

Mr. King can be contacted at 480-603-9403 or bking@clicksquared.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.