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Mr. Bottois

Olivier Bottois

Managing Director & COO, The Whiteface Lodge Resort & Spa

Olivier Bottois is managing director and chief operating officer of the 94-suite luxury resort The Whiteface Lodge Resort & Spa in Lake Placid, New York. A seasoned veteran of the hospitality industry with extensive management experience at luxury properties around the world, including 10 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Bottois oversees all resort operations and plays a key role in real estate sales and marketing for the private residence club. Under the stewardship of Bottois, The Whiteface Lodge, the Adirondack region's only luxury resort with a private residence club, has within its first two years of operation been lauded as a Robb Report "Best of the Best" for 2006, has appeared on Conde Nast Traveler's 2006 "Hot List," and has been awarded the AAA Four-Diamond Award in the first year of operation, among other accolades. In addition, the resort has been branded one of The Leading Hotels of the World and was invited to join Virtuoso and The Kiwi Collection. A native of Normandy, France, Bottois brings a lifetime of luxury hospitality experience to his position: he grew up at the legendary Hotel George V in Paris, where his father was hotel manager. He moved to the United States in the late 1980s and has focused his career in the Lake Placid region since 2002. Prior to joining The Whiteface Lodge in 2005, Bottois served as chief executive officer and managing director of the JPO Group, where he oversaw the repositioning of Long Island"i? 1/2 s Oheka Castle Hotel as a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. He also served as general manager of the exclusive Lake Placid Lodge, a Relaise and Ch'teaux property that was named one of the top 10 resorts in the world by Departures under Bottois' leadership. During his tenure at Four Seasons, he worked at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta from 1997-2000 and at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Bottois also held posts at The Ritz Carlton Hotel Chicago, The Ritz Hotel and the Presidential Palace in Paris, The Connaught in London, The Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg and the Peninsula in New York. Bottios is a graduate of the Ecole de Chambre de Commerce et 'Industrie in Paris and has completed management courses at Cornell University. He served as vice chancellor culinaire of the Atlanta chapter of Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Mr. Bottois can be contacted at 518-523-0520 or o.bottois@thewhitefacelodge.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.