Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Dreyfus

Stacy Dreyfus

President, Orchid Resorts & Escapes

With more than 14 years of experience in sales at companies such as Le Parker Meridian, Ian Schrager Hotels, and Hotel Gansevoort, Stacy Dreyfus has been able to build and expand her own company, Orchid Resorts & Escapes, into one of the most respected marketing and sales groups in the World, with a portfolio of properties that reads like a hot list from Conde Nast Traveler. While working for Ian Schrager, she was dedicated to the opening of the stylish Hudson Hotel, and subsequently launched the New York Global Sales Office for Ian Schrager Hotels. Ms. Dreyfus then held the position of Director of Sales & Marketing at Hotel Gansevoort in Manhattan. Ms. Dreyfus founded Orchid Resorts & Escapes in late 2007 as a boutique sales, marketing and partnership agency that based its mission on the ideals of superior customer service and excellent industry relationships. It's her specialty of strategic market positioning and love of connecting her clients with the perfect escape that has kept clients coming back - not to mention her unbelievable portfolio of 22 exquisite properties, that continues to grow. Currently the company is marketing some of the most unique and exclusive resorts and destinations in the world, including Winvian, The Pitcher Inn, Soho House New York, Soho House Berlin, Soho Beach House, Deer Valley Chalet, Tides Beach Club, Tribe Hotel in Nairobi, Villa Feltrinelli in Italy, Caleton Villas in the Dominican Republic and Kauai Island Villas. Ms. Dreyfus holds a B.A. in Travel and Tourism from Clemson University. Ms. Dreyfus is currently a member for Dress for Success, which assists economically disadvantaged women transitioning from unemployment to self-sufficiency by providing clothing, confidence boosts and career development. Orchid Resorts & Escapes are whimsical, refreshing and extraordinary properties and destinations that ultimately create a unique place for a romantic hideaway, a corporate meeting, a special gathering, a refuge, an executive retreat or simply a place to breathe and relax. Our properties are independently owned and operated. Orchid services our clients by providing specific sales strategies and targeted marketing and by creating awareness along with specialized public relations agencies and multiple partners. Through packaging these ideas, visions and relationships together, Orchid's true goal is to produce room nights, buzz and revenue for our clients.

Ms. Dreyfus can be contacted at 646-861-1658 or stacy@orchidworldwide.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.