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Ms. Lepp

Julie Lepp

Director of Marketing, White Oaks Resort

Julie Lepp has worked in the hospitality industry for just over 20 years and is currently the Director of Marketing at White Oaks Resort and Spa, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Canada. In her role, she oversees the marketing for the entire property including a world class conference center, luxury hotel, two restaurant properties, a private fitness and racquet club and the largest spa in Ontario. In her previous role as Marketing Manager at White Oaks Resort, Ms. Lepp was responsible for starting the social media platforms to communicate to hotel, club and most recently the wedding market for the resort. White Oaks now enjoys a presence on Facebook, twitter, youtube, pinterest, and has an active blog covering all aspects of the brand's available expertise from fitness to conferencing. As well as bringing social media to White Oaks, Ms. Lepp and her onsite team of designers and fitness experts produce WO Magazine, a twice yearly publication which brings healthy living and lifestyle information to 50,000 Niagara region homes.

Ms. Lepp can be contacted at 905-704-5638 or jlepp@whiteoaksresort.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.