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Mr. Larkin

Enda Larkin

Founder, Dobiquity Inc.

Enda Larkin has over 30 years' experience in hospitality and tourism, first in hotel management and since 1994 as an independent consultant and business mentor with HTC Consulting. Over the past fifteen years, he has led numerous consulting projects for public and private sector clients throughout Europe and the Middle East. Interventions have varied in scope from a strategic review of the Guesthouse Sector in Ireland to supporting the establishment of a National Hotel Training Institute in Sana'a Yemen. His particular areas of expertise include: supporting strategic planning and business development in hospitality SMEs, mentoring enterprises towards attaining business excellence (EFQM), guiding process management activities to deliver operational efficiencies, leadership coaching and development, designing and delivering management development programs, implementing best practice HR policies and procedures, and conducting product and service quality assessments Mr. Larkin holds an MBA from ESCP Paris, a BSc in Management from Trinity College Dublin and a Higher Diploma in Hotel Management from the Dublin College of Catering. He is also a prolific author with the following titles in print: Ready to Lead? (Pearson/Prentice Hall 2007), How to Run a Great Hotel (How to Books 2009), Quick Win Leadership (Oak Tree Press 2010), Short Stories and Tall Tales for Managers (Oak Tree Press 2011) and The Essential Manager (CAI, 2013). In 2015 Mr. Larkin established Dobiquity, a revolutionary software service that is changing the way the global hospitality industry works. Via a user-friendly management portal, Dobiquity offers access to a growing portfolio of customisable apps that enable hospitality SMEs to save time and money, work smarter and make better decisions. Dobiquity provides an easy, affordable and secure way for hospitality managers to improve business performance by digitising important operational tasks. Mr. Larkin was born in Dublin, Ireland and currently lives in Geneva Switzerland.

Please visit http://www.dobiquity.com for more information.

Mr. Larkin can be contacted at 3530872427917 or endalarkin@dobiquity.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.