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Mr. Lomanno

Mark Lomanno

Executive Board Member, newBrandAnalytics

Mark V. Lomanno is an Executive Board Member at newBrandAnalytics. In that role he not only serves on the company's Board of Directors but also has taken an active role in the management of the company. In that capacity, Mr. Lomanno will help shape the company's strategic direction, creating and enhancing new customer satisfaction research solutions and building relationships with hospitality brands, owners and operators. Mr. Lomanno is the former President and Chief executive officer of Smith Travel Research (STR), the hotel industry's global authority on current trends in supply, demand, occupancy and room rates. Under Mr. Lomanno's 15 years of leadership, the company grew from a U.S. firm to the most respected name in global hotel benchmarking. Prior to leaving STR, Mr. Lomanno co-authored “Distribution Channel analysis: a Guide for Hotels”, the definitive study on the lodging industry's on-line environment. Mr. Lomanno serves on the advisory board of the Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University and the University of Delaware's school of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management, is an active member in the Hotel Development Council of the Urban Land Institute and is a named Conti Professor at Pennsylvania State University. Because of his in-depth understanding and knowledge of current industry issues, Mr. Lomanno is asked to give numerous speeches at industry conferences, industry seminars and company meetings throughout the year. He is also a frequent lecturer at the School of Hotel administration at Cornell University. Mr. Lomanno has published numerous articles in industry publications across the major news outlets.

Mr. Lomanno can be contacted at 202-654-7053 or mark@newbrandanalytics.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.