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Mr. Flack

Andrew Flack

Vice President Global Brand Marketing, Hilton Hotels

Andrew Flack is Vice President - Global Brand Marketing for Hilton Hotels & Resorts and has oversight of all Hilton brand marketing strategies and functions worldwide. Those functional areas include advertising, visual identity, public relations, strategic partnerships and brand promotions for the leisure and business segments, as well as hotel online tools and resources. A 20-year hotel industry veteran, Mr. Flack was previously Vice President Sales and Marketing - Hilton Asia Pacific, where he created a new marketing organization in support of our emerging growth markets and extended Hilton's global sales network into new countries such as India and Korea. Previous assignments for Hilton have taken Flack to Europe and Australia. As Regional Director of Business Development for Australasia, Flack was responsible for all revenue generating activities across Hilton's portfolio in the region and part of the team that re-built and re-launched Hilton Sydney. During this period, the Hilton brand in Australia moved from fourth to first in the BDRC hotel brand rankings, a position that it retains to this day. Mr. Flack's earlier career included seven years as a general manager. His management of Hilton properties includes leadership of Parmelia Hilton Perth, Hilton Sydney and Hilton Swindon. Flack also worked in management positions at six additional hotels in the United Kingdom. Born in Malta, Mr. Flack is a dual citizen of Britain and Australia and holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He and his wife have two daughters and reside in Northern Virginia.

Mr. Flack can be contacted at 703-883-5799 or andrew.flack@hilton.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.