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Ms. White

Kristi White

Director of Revenue Optimization, TravelCLICK, Inc.

Kristi White is Director of Revenue Optimization for TravelCLICK. An industry veteran, Ms. White leads one of the most unique organizations within TravelCLICK, the Revenue Optimization Team. Her team is dedicated to providing personalized attention to TravelCLICK's iHotelier Central Reservations customers to maximize each hotel's transactions revenue through best practices in marketing and distribution. On a regular basis, Ms. White advises hundred's of hotels across the globe on their business strategy, improving hotel performance and overall profitability. Ms. White has more than twenty years of experience in the hospitality industry with positions ranging from Front Office Operations to Regional Director of Sales at both independent and flagged hotels. Before joining TravelCLICK, she built and managed a Revenue Management organization with Vantis Corporation where she was responsible for growing hotel performance for their 1,000+ hotel portfolio. A recognized expert in her field, she is a frequent speaker on revenue management and distribution at industry conferences and hospitality schools. Ms. White is also a member of the Board of Directors for the HSMAI Revenue Management Special Interest Group. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Louisiana State University and a Certified Hospitality Sales Professional and Certified Hospitality Supervisor certification from the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Ms. White can be contacted at 817-719-2956 or kwhite@travelclick.net

Coming up in September 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.