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Mr. Rosser

Drew Rosser

VP of Business Development, Whiteboard Labs

Drew Rosser joined Whiteboard Labs in March of 2000 then known as Webvertising, to primarily focus on iHotelier CRS sales to hotels. After the sale of iHotelier to TravelCLICK in 2003 Mr. Rosser became the Director of Operations for the iHotelier division of TravelCLICK. Mr. Rosser started his hotel career in Orlando, Florida in 1990 then moved to Atlanta after accepting a position at Holiday Inn's Corporate Flagship Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, as the Assistant Guest Relations Manager. He was then promoted to Guest Relations Manager at another Holiday Inn property in the Atlanta area. Mr. Rosser's hotel operational background coupled with his technological experience gives him a unique insight to how a hotel or hotel chain should manage their online presence and electronic distribution. This covers everything from the hotel's Web site, to the booking engine, SEO and best practices in terms of revenue management for a hotel's overall distribution methodology. Working for a technology development firm, Mr. Rosser's experience level also includes product development, Web based application development, Software as a Service (SaaS) business model and new product launch. Mr. Rosser sits on the Board of Directors for Linx Technologies and Force 10. Both are technology based firms dealing with enterprise level systems for the spa and hotel industries.

Mr. Rosser can be contacted at 713-333-9944 or drosser@whiteboardlabs.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.