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Mr. Sharma

Chinmai Sharma

Vice President Revenue Management, Wyndham Hotel Group

Chinmai Sharma is a successful revenue management leader with more than fourteen years of progressive hospitality experience in the fields of Market Analysis, Revenue Management and Electronic Distribution with companies like Taj Group of Hotels, Hyatt International, Expedia Inc and Wyndham Worldwide. Mr. Sharma joined the Wyndham Hotel Group in 2007 and is responsible for the overall Revenue Management process for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Wingate by Wyndham and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham brands which includes setting strategic direction and alignment for the brands and specific hotels. He also oversees enhancement and delivery of centralized revenue management services to its portfolio of managed and franchised hotels globally. Mr. Sharma holds a B.A with Math from University of Delhi, a Diploma in Economics from the Indian Institute of Planning and Management in India and a joint MBA in Hospitality from ESSEC Business School, Paris and Cornell Hotel School (M.M.H), NY. He is a current board member of HSMAI's Revenue Management Advisory Board and is a regular speaker and panelist at industry conferences. He is based at Wyndham Hotel Group's global headquarters in Parsippany, NJ.

Mr. Sharma can be contacted at 973-753-6848 or chinmai.sharma@wyn.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.