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Mr. Wuttke

Mark Wuttke

Principal, The Wuttke Group

Mark Wuttke heads Wuttke Group, LLC, a world-class business development consultancy specializing in natural, organic and sustainable spa and boutique retail with an emphasis on the luxury market. He and his colleagues have assisted more than 15 natural and organic brands globally in their quest to attain and sustain authenticity. Mr. Wuttke's current involvement includes worldwide market development and distribution for two Germany-based award-winning personal care product lines - Amala and Primavera. Wuttke's experience includes 19 years as President/CEO in the USA and Australia within the wellness industry and more than 25 years of strategic and tactical management experience in operations, marketing and sales. He has been associated with luxury spas and high end boutique retail, specializing in biodynamic/organic skin care and natural medicines. Mr. Wuttke is often tapped by the media for his expertise and he is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board of Organic Spa Magazine, for which he authors an ongoing column called Stewardship. His byline appears in industry trade magazines worldwide. Mr. Wuttke is active in a range of industry organizations, including ISPA and he works closely with LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), Green Spa Network, and Natural Beauty Summit in the United States and Europe. He is an international speaker and prolific author. The Australia native operates his business out of Atlanta, Georgia USA and resides there with his wife and two children.

Mr. Wuttke can be contacted at 404-441-4962 or info@wuttkegroup.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.