Mr. Ronson

Terence Ronson

Managing Director

Pertlink Ltd.

Terence Ronson began his hospitality career over thirty years ago as a Chef, and has held various management positions with prominent hotels, both in England and Asia. Between 1996 and 2000 Terence was the Asia Operations Director for Hotel Information System (HIS) a leading technology supplier to the hospitality industry, based in Hong Kong. In fact, Mr. Ronson has had exposure to Asia since 1975 when he worked as an Assistant Manager at the Hong Kong Hilton.

Since 20010, when Mr. Ronson started Pertlink in Hong Kong – a Hospitality Consulting firm specializing in IT, he’s been interviewed on CNN’s eBizasia programme, and at one time, was the Technology Editor for HOTEL Asia Pacific magazine where he contributed a regular column on the effective use of Technology in Hotels. Since then, he has authored numerous industry related articles that regularly appear on hospitality related web sites.

Mr. Ronson is a regular speaker and organizer of Hotel TECH conferences in the region, and this year will Chair events in Bangkok, Shanghai and Singapore. In 2013 he’s scheduled to Chair the AHTEC@HOFEX event that will take place during May, in Hong Kong. Mr. Ronson also sits on various Advisory Boards such as for HITEC, HOFEX and IHIF.

Mr. Ronson moderates an online discussion group for in-room technology at: www.wiwih.com and also authored the very popular and helpful “Do’s and Don’ts of Hospitality Technology”. He also finds time to run an active Hotel Technology Blog.

Professional affiliations include membership of the Hospitality Financial Technology Professionals (USA), the Hotel Catering Institute Management Association (UK), HTNG – Hotel Technology Next Generation, and is also a proud Member of the Institute of Hospitality Consultants.

Mr. Ronson is enrolled in the Professor for a Day programme at the HK Polytechnic University where he holds a Visiting Lecturer Position as well as participating in their Mentor programme.

Currently involved in numerous regional projects, Pertlink has recently affiliated itself with the MDIS – Management Development Institute of Singapore to provide various Hospitality related training courses.

Mr. Ronson can be contacted at +852 9468 0848 or terence@pertlink.net

Coming Up In The December Online Hotel Business Review




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Feature Focus
Hotel Law: Issues & Events
There is not a single area of a hotel’s operation that isn’t touched by some aspect of the law. Hotels and management companies employ an army of lawyers to advise and, if necessary, litigate issues which arise in the course of conducting their business. These lawyers typically specialize in specific areas of the law – real estate, construction, development, leasing, liability, franchising, food & beverage, human resources, environmental, insurance, taxes and more. In addition, issues and events can occur within the industry that have a major impact on the whole, and can spur further legal activity. One event which is certain to cause repercussions is Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. This newly combined company is now the largest hotel company in the world, encompassing 30 hotel brands, 5,500 hotels under management, and 1.1 million hotel rooms worldwide. In the hospitality industry, scale is particularly important – the most profitable companies are those with the most rooms in the most locations. As a result, this mega- transaction is likely to provoke an increase in Mergers & Acquisitions industry-wide. Many experts believe other larger hotel companies will now join forces with smaller operators to avoid being outpaced in the market. Companies that had not previously considered consolidation are now more likely to do so. Another legal issue facing the industry is the regulation of alternative lodging companies such as Airbnb and other firms that offer private, short-term rentals. Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica are at the forefront of efforts to legalize and control short-term rentals. However, those cities are finding it’s much easier to adopt regulations on short-term rentals than it is to actually enforce them. The December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine these and other critical issues pertaining to hotel law and how some companies are adapting to them.