Editorial Board   

Mr. Filsinger

James Filsinger

Chief Executive Officer, EZYield

A veteran of more than 14 years in the travel industry, James Filsinger was appointed CEO of EZYield in November 2010. EZYield is the originator and industry leader of automated online distribution management solutions for the worldwide hospitality industry. More than 3,500 hotels in 92 countries utilize EZYield's advanced channel management software to streamline the distribution of rates and inventory to 500 forward distribution channels in multiple languages and 168 currencies. Prior to joining EZYield, Mr. Filsinger served as CEO and General Manager for Moneydirect Ltd., an international joint venture between Sabre Inc. and Amadeus IT. As launch CEO, he successfully led the company through an aggressive global expansion to proactively address changing market conditions and anticipate client needs and requests for future product and service capabilities. In his 12 years with Sabre, Mr. Filsinger held a variety of leadership roles, including vice president of new business ventures, director of strategic marketing and director of ecommerce strategy. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's of business degree from Washington State University.

Mr. Filsinger can be contacted at 321-765-8486 or jfilsinger@ezyield.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.