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Ms. Buckley

Shruti Buckley

Vice President & Global Brand Manager, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Marriott International, Inc.

Shruti Buckley joined Marriott International, Inc. in 2008 as vice president and global brand manager of the Fairfield Inn & Suites brand. She has accountability for global brand strategy, brand positioning and integrity, and the guest experience for more than 700 hotels worldwide. Ms, Buckley has more than 15 years of experience in brand and business management, marketing, and strategy development across a variety of categories, including luxury cosmetics, apparel, food and toys. Prior to joining Marriott, she worked for National Geographic, leading all global marketing, public relations, product branding and international retail development efforts for the organization's Licensing division. Prior to National Geographic, Shruti held product development and brand management leadership roles at Estee Lauder, Unilever and Nestle. She also brings international experience and perspective, having lived and worked in Switzerland and Japan. Ms, Buckley is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in South East Asian Studies. Ms, Buckley and her family live in Bethesda, Maryland.

Ms. Buckley can be contacted at 301-380-7770 or ffiheadquarters@marriott.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.