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Mr. Taillon

Justin Taillon

Department Head Hospitality & Tourism Management, Highline College

Justin Taillon high school guidance counsellor nailed his professional path when she called him a hospitality personality when handing him his diploma. Mr. Taillon subsequently spent a decade in hospitality operations including stints with Starwood, Marriott, and Hilton.

In 8 years he opened 4 properties, in roles varying from intern in the housekeeping department to Assistant General Manager. In fact, his lodging career began in Food & Beverage operations while he was still in high school, he moved into hotel operations while earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Houston, and his applied lodging career culminated in an Assistant General Manager posting with Hilton.

Mr. Taillon then moved into academia, working toward higher education degrees from the University of Guelph (MBA) in Toronto and Texas A&M University (PhD). The dichotomy of applied and academic work remains integral to him. He maintains this academic and applied focus in his research and outreach by serving as an Editor for Anatolia, being a Global Director for HFTP (Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals), Chairing HITEC in 2019 and 2020, and working with local industry partners through grants and financed projects such as Starbucks, Food Innovation Network, Port of Seattle (i.e. SeaTac Airport), and many more.

Mr. Taillon's primary research areas of emphasis are market-based socio-cultural conservation and negotiation theory. His research is highlighted by projects he has completed in South Korea, Peru, Costa Rica, Canada (e.g. Quebec, Toronto), USA (e.g. Myrtle Beach, Lake Travis), Ireland, Brazil, Bolivia, Kenya, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turks & Caicos, Montenegro, and more.

Please visit http://www.highline.edu for more information.

Mr. Taillon can be contacted at +1 206-878-3710 or jtaillon@highline.edu

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.