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Mr. Gourdie

Eric Gourdie

Strategic Revenue Director, Sceptre Hospitality Resources

With extensive revenue and channel management experience, Eric Gourdie, CRME joined the Sceptre team in December of 2002. He assists clients in evaluating the deployment of revenue management strategies and revenue analytics as well as maintaining rate integrity. His main focus is offering insight into increasing revenues through all available booking channels, as well as the full utilization of the Central Reservation System to optimize revenue and channel management. Prior to joining the team, Mr. Gourdie has worked in numerous hotel roles, such as General Manager for Marriott Courtyard and Fairfield Inn Brands in the Southeastern US, Revenue Management and Hotel Operations with Hilton Hotels in Denver, and Hotel Operations at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando. This experience allows Mr. Gourdie to assist with the day-to-day revenue and distribution decisions needed to deliver growth. Mr. Gourdie's expertise in the various technical systems allows clients to streamline processes and gain optimal training in using those programs to their advantage. Mr. Gourdie is a graduate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, and has won numerous management awards from both Marriott and Hilton.

Mr. Gourdie can be contacted at 303-220-2168 or egourdie@sceptrehospitality.com

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.