Editorial Board   

Mr. Redington

Neale Redington

Partner, Deloitte

Redington has been an advisor to major real estate firms for more than 17 years in the REIT and hospitality sectors. He brings opportunities for wealth creation to hotel owner/operators and management companies through performance of annual audits, operations reviews, due diligence procedures, and assistance with initial public offerings. Last year, Redington provided accounting advisory assistance to KSL Recreation with its $2.2 billion sale of luxury resorts, including Grand Wailea and La Quinta Resort, to CNL Hospitality. This was the largest US luxury hospitality transaction during 2004 and was recently awarded "Transaction of the Year" at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit. Redington has been instrumental in many REIT formation transactions, dating back to the early 90s with G&L Realty and Alexander Haagen Properties. More recently, he has worked with Casden Properties, CNL Hotels and Resorts, and CB Richard Ellis. During his career, he has provided due diligence assistance in many major real estate transactions, including Southern California deals such as Cendant's acquisition of Coldwell Banker and Century 21 and national transactions such as Blackstone's acquisition of Homestead Group and KKR's disposition of Red Lion Hotels. Redington is co-author of the Hospitality chapter of the Real Estate Accounting Handbook, and has participated in the development of the 10th Edition of the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry. He frequently speaks on hospitality issues at trade events and with the media. Redington attended Birmingham University where he received his BCom(Acc)(Hons). He is active in the Manhattan Beach community where he lives with his wife Marissa and three children.

Mr. Redington can be contacted at 213-688-4762 or nredington@deloitte.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.