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Ms. Blotter

Jessica Blotter

CEO & Co-Founder Kind Traveler, Kind Traveler

Jessica Blotter is CEO & Co-Founder of Kind Traveler, a speaker, and a journalist. The moment she discovered the love of travel can't be separated from the state of the world after witnessing devastating poverty on a trip to Belize, she wondered how the $7-trillion travel industry could be harnessed to benefit local communities, the environment, and animals.

This experience led Ms. Blotter and her co-founder to harness their entrepreneurial backgrounds to launch KindTraveler.com, a social enterprise that's the first socially-conscious Give + Get hotel booking and responsible travel education platform empowering travelers to positively impact the destinations they visit. As of 2019, Kind Traveler represents 100+ hotels and 60+ charities in 15 countries.

Ms. Blotter has been featured in more than 300 news outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler, and Travel + Leisure. As a speaker, she delivered a TEDx salon talk 'The Future of Travel: Purpose is King,' was a 2019 finalist in the UNWTO Travel Tech Adventure Pitch Competition in Chile, and delivered the 2019 keynote speech for Tahoe Chamber's Annual Summit on Responsible Tourism.

Ms. Blotter is the recipient of the '2017 Rising Star in Travel & Tourism' by WITTI (Women in Travel & Tourism International) and is a member of the Forbes Los Angeles Business Council. She started her career as an earth science educator teaching 130 underserved students each day at UCSD's Preuss School and holds a M.A. in Education from Ottawa University and a B.S. in Biology from Arizona State University.

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

Ms. Blotter can be contacted at +1 310-873-3294 or jblotter@kindtraveler.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.