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Ms. Walters

Michele Walters

Co-Founder, Origin World Labs

Michele Walters is Co-Founder and Head of Guest Behavior Analytics for Origin World Labs. Ms. Walters is an expert in the field of Consumer Behavioral Analytics for leisure industries. She has led guest behavioral research projects and departments for some of the world's leading entertainment and hospitality companies including Walt Disney, Universal Studios, and Discovery Communications. She has 16 years of experience supplying customer-centric analytic solutions and predictive models in US domestic, US Hispanic, European and Latin American/Caribbean markets. Ms. Walters holds an MBA and a Master's of Science in Marketing from University of Miami. She is responsible for driving the strategy and execution of Origin World Lab's services. Origin World Labs(OWL) creates the customized analytics models that optimize Pricing, Marketing and Operations for the best companies in Hospitality. Our team creates new value by embedding model-driven intelligence into every hotel managerial process. OWL is a lab of Mathematicians, Behavioral Scientists, Information Technology veterans and a bunch of brilliant, energetic, award-winning statisticians united by our passion for analytics. OWL runs the math that runs the best hotels in the world. Learn more by visiting the website at [www.forsmarthotels.com][1] [1]: http://www.forsmarthotels.com

Ms. Walters can be contacted at 305-303-0284 or

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.