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Mr. Freid

Hank Freid

CEO and Founder , Impulsive Group

Hank Freid has been a driving force within New York City's real estate community for over 30 years. As CEO and Founder of the Impulsive Group, a lifestyle hospitality company, this hotelier has built an impressive portfolio of chic and intimate properties throughout Manhattan including: the sophisticated, four-star Ameritania Hotel located in the Broadway theater district; the Moroccan-themed Marrakech Hotel nestled in the Upper West Side; and his newest acquisition, The Sanctuary Hotel situated in the heart of Times Square. An international businessman, each of Mr. Freid's hotels caters to a global audience offering a unique, cosmopolitan design and superior service and accommodations. In addition to a collection of urban retreats, the Impulsive Group owns Impulsive Charters, a fleet of luxury yachts that operate in the Mediterranean and Bahamas and Paramount Buildings, a renovation firm that specializes in residential remodeling and design.

Mr. Freid can be contacted at 212-247-2211 or hank@impulsivegroup.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.