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Mr. Trabulsi

Larry Trabulsi

Senior Vice President, CHMWarnick

Larry Trabulsi, is a Senior Vice President of CHMWarnick, the leading hotel asset management and owner advisory services firm in the U.S. Mr. Trabulsi brings 20 years of hospitality operations, advisory and asset management experience to CHMWarnick. He is a senior member of a team of asset managers, who oversee a client portfolio of over 65 hotels, 27,000 guestrooms and $15 billion in client investments. Mr. Trabulsi has extensive capital planning and renovation oversight experience and has been involved in single renovation projects of over $30 million. Mr. Trabulsi also has experience asset managing a wide range of property types, brands and markets, bringing collective expertise and time tested best practices to the assets he oversees. He has a proven track record in collaborating with property management teams to identify opportunities for revenue enhancement, cost containment and risk mitigation and is regarded within the industry as a thought leader in asset management. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance/Investments and a Master's in Business Administration from Babson College. He is currently a Board Member of the Hospitality Asset Manager Association (HAMA).

Please visit https://www.CHMWarnick.com for more information.

Mr. Trabulsi can be contacted at 978-522-7000 or ltrabulsi@chmwarnick.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.