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Ms. Ola

Junvi Ola

Principal, Hospitality Content Studio

Junvi Ola is an industry speaker and leading hospitality copywriter who produces riveting marketing copy for hotels, resorts, and destination management organizations across the globe. She also teaches hospitality sales professionals how to market to modern meeting planners via her articles for Cvent's Hospitality, Hotel and Group Business Blog. Previous articles include: What It Really Means to Build Relationships With Planners, 9 Marketing Tasks You Should Always Be Doing to Reel in Group Business, and *Marketing Your Hotel on LinkedIn: What Works and What Doesn't. She's lauded for her fresh and vivacious speaking style and has presented to hotel marketing and sales professionals across the US, including at the Digital Travel Summit in Las Vegas, Illinois Hotel Lodging Association, HSMAI - Los Angeles, and for TripAdvisor's Social Media & Storytelling for Hotels webinar. Her most popular presentation, How to Win the Hearts and Wallets of Millennial Travelers, showcases marketing strategies that hotels can implement immediately to engage and appeal to Gen Y guests and meeting planners. From a historic hotel in Puerto Rico to a mountain retreat in the Canadian Rockies, Ms. Ola and her team of travel writers have crafted wanderlust-inducing marketing copy for hotel and resort clients all over the world. Her clients include Viceroy Hotels and Resorts, Vail Resorts, Marriott Amman Jordan, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Montage Deer Valley, San Diego Tourism Authority, OLS Hotels & Resorts, Chesapeake Hospitality, Salamander Resort & Spa, and Grand Golf Resorts of Florida. Ms. Ola's background includes several years in destination marketing at the San Diego Tourism Authority, copywriting for hotel management and marketing agencies, and a decade of creating content for print, TV, radio and the Web.

Ms. Ola can be contacted at 619-517-3562 or junvi@hospitalitycontentstudio.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.