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Mr. Poimiroo

John Poimiroo

Principal, Poimiroo & Partners

John Poimiroo has had a 30-year career in travel and tourism marketing and public policy, having directed marketing and public relations programs at ski areas, attractions, national and state parks, hotel companies and destinations. Mr. Poimiroo was California's state tourism director in the 1990s, during which time he is credited for having conceived the California Tourism Marketing Act and helping shape the law that authorized California Welcome Centers. Most recently, he assisted the chair of the President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in facilitating the establishment of the California Cultural Heritage Tourism Council and continues as an advisor to the council. Mr. Poimiroo has won numerous awards in Journalism, photography, marketing and public relations, including the Society of American Travel Writer's Western Chapter Photo Shootout Gold Prize and its Frank Riley Award for travel writing. Among his many honors, John was a member of teams that won two national and state "Take Pride in America" awards and two national tourism industry "Odyssey" awards. In 1998, he was selected as the United States' best State Tourism Director, was inducted to the California Tourism Hall of Fame and received the University of Colorado's first Chancellor's Tourism Award. He is principal of Poimiroo & Partners, an El Dorado Hills, Calif. marketing communications consultancy.

Mr. Poimiroo can be contacted at 916-933-8860 or john@poimiroo.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.