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Mr. Horner

Ted Horner

Managing Director, E. Horner & Associates

Ted Horner is Managing Director of E. Horner & Associates, a technology consulting practice specializing in the hospitality industry. Mr. Horner is widely respected as Australia's leading consultant in this area. Over the last 22 years Mr. Horner has consulted for a variety of clients from developers and international operators of large resorts, boutique hotels golf clubs, convention center's and licensed clubs covering the full range of technology namely: • PMS • POS • Sales & Catering • Food & Beverage • PABX • In Room Guest Entertainment including Digital Video on Demand • Broadband & Wireless • Golf & Spa Systems • Club Membership

In 1996 Mr. Horner launched Australia's first dedicated hospitality technology exhibition and conference which continues each year as Hotel Operations Technology (HOT). In 2002 he was a founding member of HTNG (Hotel Technology Next Generation) a non-profit body which was established in the US to promote open systems integrations between vendors in the industry and today he is an Executive Advisor to HTNG. In 2004 Mr. Horner was the first non-US person to be elected to the HITEC Technology Hall of Fame for his contribution to the advancement of technology in the hospitality industry. Since the early 90's he has traveled extensively throughout the world to speak at many hospitality technology conferences and has written many articles on technology that have been published all over the world In 2011

Mr. Horner established an alliance with JBA Consulting Engineers, a company started in Las Vegas in the 60's and now has seven offices worldwide with multi-discipline expertise in electrical design, security, AV, fire and safety, data center design and systems integration. In the last 12 months Mr. Horner has formed a strategic alliance with jba consulting engineers in Las Vegas who are a world leader in providing consulting advise to the casino/resort market on a global basis.

Please visit http://www.hornertech.com.au for more information.

Mr. Horner can be contacted at +61 298768119 or ted@hornertech.com.au

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.