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Dr. Scanlon, Ph.D.

Nancy Loman Scanlon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, FIU

Dr. Nancy Loman Scanlon is an Associate Professor at the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Florida International University. She has over thirty years of lodging industry experience with Hilton Hotels, Marriott Corporation and Interstate Hotels. Dr. Scanlon is the Vice-Chair of the Sustainability Committee of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and serves on the Advisory Panel of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) London, England. For the United Nations she serves on the UN Disaster Risk Reduction Words In-to Action Committee: Tourism Sector. At the 2015 Summit, she presented on “Miami, A City Slipping Back In-to the Sea”. Dr. Scanlon is chairperson of the Sustainability Council of the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association. She is also a participant in both the Miami Beach Sea Level Rise Initiative and the Sea Level Rise Institute for Florida International University. Dr. Scanlon speaks internationally on climate change impacts and sustainability issues affecting tourism and is a leader in the application and research of sustainable operating practices and climate change adaptation for the hospitality industry. Her recent travels include several trips to China and Japan. As an advisory board member for MCW Global, Dr. Scanlon recently visited the organizations community centers in Arusha and Songea, Tanzania and Lusaka, Zambia. Dr. Scanlon is the author of several hospitality industry books published by John Wiley and Sons, in addition to refereed conference presentations and journal articles. She holds a PHD in public policy and an MA from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Scanlon, Ph.D. can be contacted at 305-919-4775 or nscanlon@fiu.edu

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.