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Ms. Gutman

Adele Gutman

VP Sales, Marketing & Revenue, Library Hotel Collection

Adele Gutman has over 30 years of experience in all areas of hospitality marketing. Ms. Gutman has worked with independent hotelier Henry Kallan for over 17 years and oversees sales, marketing, revenue management, public relations, and new hotel concept strategies and launches at the Library Hotel Collection including brand initiatives, online marketing efforts, social media, electronic distribution, and most importantly, the unique Library Hotel Collection guest experience which makes success in everything else possible. Ms. Gutman is a regularly featured speaker at hospitality conferences including HSMAI events and TripAdvisor's Master Classes and webinars among others as an authority on reputation management. Ms. Gutman orchestrated initiatives that resulted in the all Library Hotel Collection properties maintaining a top 10 position in their cities on TripAdvisor for over a decade, and at one point all four Library Hotel Collection NYC properties in the top four spots on TripAdvisor simultaneously, an achievement that has yet to be matched by any other hotel group. Thanks to the company's “Service is Marketing” approach, in 2017 the Aria Hotel Budapest was awarded the ultimate recognition as the #1 Hotel in the World on the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Awards. The Library Hotel Collection has also been recognized year after having the highest guest satisfaction rating in the world but the Luxury Brand Report prepared by ReviewPro, outshining even the most well known luxury hotel brands. The consistent level of enthusiastic reviews and top ranking over the years on review sites like TripAdvisor has had a powerful impact on demand generation for the hotels, resulting in successful sales without the typical need for traditional advertising. HSMAI Greater New York Chapter awarded the honor of 2011 Sales & Marketing Executive of the Year to Ms. Gutman in June. Ms. Gutman was also awarded a 2011 Gold Adrian Award for Digital Marketing in Social Media. Ms. Gutman has served on the board of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association's New York, Dallas, and University of Houston chapters. Her work in Sales and Marketing has also earned Adrian Awards for Advertising, Brochure Design, website marketing, email marketing and Public Relations. Ms. Gutman and the Aria Hotel Budapest Team were also presented a 2017 Gold “Service Pledge” Award from HSMAI's European Region for their work in Reputation Cultivation. The Adrian Awards are presented by H.S.M.A.I., and Ms. Gutman has also served as a judge for the awards for several years. Ms. Gutman is a graduate of the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management University of Houston as well as the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

Ms. Gutman can be contacted at 212-201-1153 or adele@libraryhotelcollection.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.