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Ms. Lutz

Didi Lutz

President, Didi Lutz PR

Didi Lutz is an internationally acclaimed hospitality public relations professional specializing in boutique hotels, luxury travel, destination and tourism communications. Prior to starting her own business in February 2005, Ms. Lutz was the Director of Communications for the Hotel Commonwealth, a 150-room luxury property in Boston. Within the first year of the Hotel Commonwealth's opening, she established the media relationship that led to worldwide recognition for the property as one of Ten Best New Business Hotels by Forbes.com. After starting her own consulting practice in 2005, Ms. Lutz expanded her client list. She worked with the historic Century House, the oldest continuously operating inn on Nantucket, and opened the boutique Hotel Providence in Rhode Island's theatre and entertainment district, along with the property's restaurant. Ms. Lutz has worked on various other destination marketing initiatives, including executing a media relations plan for the Provincetown Office of Tourism in cooperation with a Boston-based public relations agency. Her reputation expanded internationally when she started working with the four-star boutique Hotel Heritage in the charming historic city of Bruges in Belgium, and the Zacosta Villa Hotel in Rhodes, Greece. Ms. Lutz has also worked on lifestyle consumer campaigns including Snip-its, the fastest growing children's salon in the nation, which won a Bellringer Award for Best Consumer campaign by the Publicity Club of New England in 2009. Most recently, she assisted in the media relations campaign for the US launch of the luxurious Hotel Chocolat in Boston's Newbury Street.

Ms. Lutz can be contacted at 561-628-7422 or didi.lutz@gmail.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.