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Ms. Berlingeri

Deborah Berlingeri

Spa Director, ELLE Spa at Edin Roc Miami Beach

Deborah Berlinger brings a wealth of experience from many disciplines in the hospitality industry of 16 years to ELLE Spa at Edin Roc Miami Beach. Ms. Berlinger thrives on building and developing teams to passionately produce results and aggressively set themselves apart from the competition in the market. During her tenure, Ms.Berlinger has held several positions of increasing responsibility in spa, operations, events, and sales exceeding revenues and profitability for owners and companies, alike. She began her career in hospitality with Marriott International and with the most recent, BHI Group as Director of Spa for the 48,000 sq.ft. Alaya Spa in Weston FL. Ms. Berlingeri is a graduate of Georgia Southern University, where she earned her Business Administration Degree and resides in Miami.

Ms. Berlingeri can be contacted at 305-674-5585 or ellespa@destinationhotels.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.