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Mr. Devlin

Tuckey Devlin

President, Hemingway Hotels & Resorts

Tuckey Devlin leads the growth and development programming of Hemingway Hotel and Resorts. He is a seasoned real estate and business development professional with over 28 years of experience in all aspects of the industries, including development, project and property management, finance, sales and leasing, food and beverage operations, tax planning, accounting and syndication. Since 1983, Mr. Devlin has been a principal in numerous real property businesses, including a Texas real estate management and syndication firm, two national apartment housing redevelopment companies and an international services company providing a wide array of real estate and financial services now supporting the development of Hemingway Hotel and Resorts projects. As a principal or owner's representative, Mr. Devlin has executed various real estate projects totaling over $350,000,000 and has been responsible for the management and profitability of a diverse real estate portfolio in excess of $1 billion in five states. Mr. Devlin is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance and Real Estate.

Mr. Devlin can be contacted at 305-735-8575 or inquiries@hemingwayhotels.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.