Editorial Board   

Mr. Jordan

Parris Jordan

Managing Director, HVS - Caribbean

Parris Eric Jordan is the Chairman of the Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit (CHICOS) and the Managing Director of HVS in the Caribbean, where he overseas hospitality consulting and valuation assignments in the Caribbean, the United States, Central America and Mexico. CHICOS, which was founded by Mr. Jordan in 2011, is an annual event which brings together international investors and operators as well as leading hotel investment decision makers, including governmental representatives and international industry and opinion leaders, to discuss the markets, developments and opportunities for hotel growth in the Caribbean region. Mr. Jordan's passion for the successful hospitality development in the region is contagious and his leadership of the CHICOS conferences has garnered increasing attendances each year. During his 15 plus years at hospitality consulting giant HVS, Mr. Jordan has performed hundreds of complex hotel consulting and valuation assignments in at least 25 U.S. states and more than 25 countries around the world. His areas of expertise include hotel market and feasibility studies, appraisals, valuations, operator searches, target market and global expansion strategy development for prominent international hotel brands. Owners, operators and developers repeatedly return to Mr. Jordan for his insight, knowledge, responsiveness and trustworthiness, regarding him as one of the leading industry experts on the Caribbean region. A native of Trinidad, and now residing in New Jersey, Mr. Jordan earned his masters degree from the prestigious Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism at New York University where he also lectured for several years as an adjunct professor on lodging development. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at the NYU Tisch Center Alumni Society.

Mr. Jordan can be contacted at 917-902-2314 or pjordan@hvs.com

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.