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Ms. Christodoulidou

Natasa Christodoulidou

Assistant Professor, California State University

Dr. Christodoulidou is the Director of the Hospitality Technology Research Institute at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). She is an Associate Professor in the Management and Marketing Department at CSUDH where she teaches for the undergraduate and the MBA programs. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), and a Master's of Accounting and a B.Sc. from Arizona State University (ASU). Her research interests are in the areas of Hospitality Technology, Electronic Commerce, Electronic Distribution, and E-Marketing. Her research has appeared in numerous academic and professional journals. Dr. Christodoulidou presents regularly at academic and professional industry conferences around the world. She has recently served as Program Co-chair for the 2015 Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Annual Meeting in Seattle. She is currently serving as President Elect for the 2016 Program Chair for the Western Decision Sciences Institute (WDSI). Dr. Christodoulidou has published over 50 articles in the hospitality area, has been cited 100s of times in publications around the world, and has received a number of research awards. She has visited for research and/or speaking engagements all five continents and this has influenced her approach and writing style in the publishing work she has produced over the last 13 years. Currently Dr. Christodoulidou is investigating the impact of mobile technologies and social media for airlines, hotels, and online Travel Agencies (OTAs) through the various distribution channels. Her speaking engagements recently have included Cyprus, Dubai, France, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Boston, Dallas, and others.

Ms. Christodoulidou can be contacted at 310-243-3502 or Nchristodoulidou@yahoo.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.