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Dr. Singer

Judy Singer

President & Co-Owner, Health Fitness Dynamics, Inc.

Judith L. Singer, Ed.D., ISHC, is the President, Co-Owner & Founder of Pompano Beach, Florida-based Health Fitness Dynamics, Inc. (HFD/HFD Spa). HFD is an internationally recognized and respected full-service spa consulting company that specializes in the planning, marketing and management support services of spas for fine hotels and resorts, day spas and mixed-use developments. In addition to being the consulting company to almost US$800 million of global spa ventures, HFD has been actively involved in conducting economic and consumer spa research and establishing industry benchmarks. HFD is unique in terms of its focus on creating spas that are viable business ventures. Since its inception in 1983, HFD has been the consulting firm to such renowned projects as The Omni Mount Washington Resort, The Umstead, The Allison, Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Rosewood Mayakoba, Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, Little Dix Bay, Four Seasons Hulalai, Four Season Biltmore, Four Seasons New York, Miraval, Malliouhana, Cranwell, Pinehurst, The Homestead, The Greenbrier, Bacara, Silverado, and agua at the Delano and The Sanderson. In HFD's 30 plus years as an international spa consulting/advisory company, its focus has always been on how to help investors, developers and operators create and operate marketable and profitable spas that are stand-alone businesses as well as assets to their "core" business of maximizing the hospitality and real estate venture. Dr. Singer is the past chairperson for The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (www.ISHC.com) and was on the ISPA Committee for the inaugural edition of the Uniform System of Financial Reporting for Spas. Dr. Singer speaks at numerous international hotel and investment conferences and is a guest lecturer at several hospitality schools.

Dr. Singer can be contacted at 954-942-0049 or judysinger@hfdspa.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.