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Mr. Simpson

Mark Simpson

President & Founder, Maxymiser

Mark Simpson is Founder and President of Maxymiser, the global leader in conversion optimization. Maxymiser works with leading companies, such as Hertz, Lufthansa, Wyndham Hotels and Time Warner Cable, and across all sectors, digital platforms and media, to improve website and mobile conversion rates, offline customer profiling, visitor insight, customer loyalty, and overall digital experience. Maxymiser is based in New York, San Francisco, and internationally. Prior to Maxymiser, Mr. Simpson headed up online marketing and business development for Travelport, focusing on the acquisition and integration of ebookers, Octopus Travel, Hotel Club and RatesToGo, as well as heading up the company's Business Development, Search and PPC teams. Mr. Simpson was additionally a member of the team that launched Hitwise to the UK market. He graduated with a BCom Honours degree in Commerce from the University of Birmingham.

Mr. Simpson can be contacted at 212-419-0394 or mark@maxymiser.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.