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Mr. Butler

Stuart Butler

Chief Operating Officer, Fuel Travel

Stuart Butler is the Chief Operating Officer at Fuel Travel, a full-service agency and software provider for the hospitality industry.

A native of Horsmonden, England, Mr. Butler moved to the United States in 2001 and has spent the past 18 years implementing technology and overseeing marketing strategies for hundreds of hotels worldwide.

With a degree in Physics with Space Science and Systems from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a background as a Coldfusion programmer and project manager, Mr. Butler leverages cutting-edge technology and takes a solutions-minded and innovative approach to everyday marketing challenges.

He is also a keynote speaker, a co-host on HSMAI's This Week in Hospitality Digital Marketing show, and has published more than 100 episodes of the industry's #1 weekly marketing podcast - The Fuel Hotel Marketing Podcast. On the podcast, Mr. Butler and his team of Fueligans discuss industry trends and provide tangible marketing advice.

Fuel helps maximize market share and profitability for independent hotels, resorts, condotels, and management groups by providing a comprehensive suite of marketing services, these include website development, SEO, SEM, Email marketing, Social Media, and Analytics.

In addition, the Fuel Booking Engine, Fuel AI-Powered CRM & Marketing Automation, Fuel Mobile App & Digital Key, and Fuel Gauge Analytics Dashboard software products help properties drive more direct bookings and reduce reliance on third-party channels.

Please visit http://www.fueltravel.com for more information.

Mr. Butler can be contacted at +1 843-848-2164 or stuart@fueltravel.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.