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Mr. Dyer

Andrew Dyer

Vice President of Global Supply, Egencia

Andrew Dyer is Vice President of Global Supply - Lodging at Egencia, where he is responsible for leading Egencia's supplier relations group and overseeing lodging, media, consulting and insurance. Mr. Dyer has been with Expedia, Inc. since 2006, previously serving as Senior Director, Legal where he was the primary legal counsel for Expedia Global Tour & Transport Group.

Prior to that, Mr. Dyer served as Director of Strategy & Business Development for Expedia's Lodging Partner Services group, where he helped lead the development and launch of the Expedia Traveler Preference program. Earlier in his career at Expedia, Mr. Dyer was Corporate Counsel, Expedia Legal & Corporate Affairs, where he supported Egencia and the Expedia Lodging Partner Services group.

Prior to joining Expedia in 2006, Mr. Dyer was an associate at Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Michigan Law School, graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and holds an MACD in Commercial Diplomacy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Mr. Dyer is currently based in Seattle, Washington.

Please visit https://www.egencia.com/public/us/ for more information.

Mr. Dyer can be contacted at 866-816-3534 or adyer@expedia.com

Coming up in December 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.