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Ms. Fedele

Sara Fedele

Marketing Communications Manager , USI Università Della Svizzera Italiana

Sara Fedele is Marketing Communications Manager of the executive education programs in communication management at USI Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. In 2011 Ms. Fedele has been PR & Communication Manager at the Global Alliance for PR and Communication Management, the umbrella organization of the national PR associations around the globe, which is headquartered in Lugano, Switzerland. As part of her cooperation with Professor Sandro Formica (Florida International University), Ms. Fedele has been coordinator of working groups during Strategic Think Tanks for Tourism Executives, following the Co-Alignment Principle Method by Olsen, West and Tse (2008). She has moderated Think Tank activities both in Switzerland and Italy. After completing her studies, Ms. Fedele worked as a research and project assistant at webatelier.net, a research laboratory of the Università della Svizzera italiana, focused on ICT and New Media for Tourism Communication. Here she was involved in different projects in the fields of Web Tourism Reputation, Web Communication and Destination Marketing, collaborating with the Republic of Malta and the Ticino Region Tourism Boards. Ms. Fedele graduated with a Master in Economics and Communication, (majoring in International Tourism) in 2010. Her thesis dealt with new tourism web marketing strategies through the application of Argumentation Theory in the Web 2.0 domain.

Ms. Fedele can be contacted at sara.fedele@usi.ch

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.