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Mr. Engels

Gino Engels

Co-Founder, OTA Insight

Gino Engels co-founded OTA Insight in 2012. The business has since grown from a small disrupter challenging an established marketplace, to a business supporting over 30,000 clients in 140 countries.

As co-founder and CCO of OTA Insight, Mr. Engels is driven by working with the industry's most progressive innovators alongside established global and local players to deliver first-class solutions. He leads the delivery and continued development of OTA Insight's dashboard and reporting capabilities to enable hoteliers to support a profitable revenue and distribution strategy.

Mr. Engels' customer-focused objective is to deliver affordable revenue tools to hotels and continuously develop new solutions to help those in the hospitality sector overcome technological barriers.

Mr. Engels regularly contributes his expert knowledge on the hospitality sector to articles on current trending topics for publications including The Washington Post and also frequently speaks at industry events across the globe such as the SmartGuest Analytics and Best Western International Revenue Conferences in the US, HSMAI and Revenue Forums across Europe and Fastbooking Digital Labs across Asia.

Prior to co-founding OTA Insight, Mr. Engels had a successful career with roles at some of the world's largest corporations. These include Sony Pictures Entertainment and AB InBev where he worked with leading global retailers to develop profitable retail strategies both online and offline.

Please visit https://www.otainsight.com/ for more information.

Mr. Engels can be contacted at 929-313-6301 or gino@otainsight.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.