Editorial Board   

Ms. Hou

Judy Hou

Directeur General/CEO , Glion Institute of Higher Education Worldwide

Judy Hou was named Directeur General/CEO of Glion Institute of Higher Education Worldwide by the board of directors in November 2013. Prior to that, Ms. Hou served as the CEO of Les Roches Jin Jiang International Hotel Management College, Shanghai where she was responsible for positioning the school as a valuable resource centre for the hospitality community. Both Glion Institution of Higher Education and Les Roches Hotel Management School are part of the Laureate International Universities network. Before joining Laureate, Ms. Hou was the Director of Human Capital at Hotel ICON and Adjunct Professor for the School of Hotel & Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. During her tenure at the Hong Kong PolyU, Ms. Hou successfully developed the first fully integrated commercial and teaching/research hotel owned by the university. A passionate advocator of education, life-long learning and personal development, Ms. Hou has over 20 year's hospitality and education experience and has worked for leading international hotel brands such as Mandarin Oriental, Park Hyatt and Swiss Hotels. Ms. Hou also taught at the Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne as an Assistant Professor/Researcher. Ms. Hou is deeply committed to high quality hospitality education and positive student outcomes. Ms. Hou earned her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, her master's in Hospitality Administration from Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne, and she is working towards her Doctor of Business Administration from Walden University. She is on the editorial board of HotelExecutive.com and has authored several articles for the Hotel Business Review, and Hotel Management Asia, including “The Future of Hotel Marketing: Social Media,” “Understanding & Profiting from Emotional Factors Behind Hotel Brand Loyalty,” “Managing Gen Y: The Characteristic of Gen Y in the Hospitality Industry,” and “The Role of the General Manager in the 21st Century.”

Ms. Hou can be contacted at judy.hou@laureate.net

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.