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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 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.