Privacy Policy

Hotel Schools of Distinction - Privacy Statement

Effective Date:           June 17, 2020

 Last Updated on:      July 21,2020


Introduction and Scope


Hotel Schools of Distinction (“HSD,” “we,” “us,” “our”) is committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring you have a positive experience on our website. This Privacy Statement (“Statement”) describes how we handle information that can be used to identify you (“Personal Data”), which may include your name, address, email address, phone number, marketing preferences, opinions, etc. This statement applies to this website and provides guidance to visitors and users of the Site, including visitors and users who are residents of the European Union (“EU”) and the European Economic Area (“EEA”), about the nature of the personal data we collect and process about them. Our Statement is designed to comply with applicable laws and regulations, including the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (“GDPR”), to ensure the privacy and security of personal information. All terms referenced in this Statement not otherwise defined are defined by their meaning under the GDPR. 

This Statement does NOT apply to information collected by:

  • Us offline or through any other means, including on any website operated any third party (including our affiliates and subsidiaries); or
  • Any third party (including our affiliates and subsidiaries), including through any application or content (including advertising) that may link to or be accessible from or on the Site.

Please read this policy carefully to understand our policies and practices regarding your information and how we will treat it. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, your choice is not to use our Site. By accessing or using this Site, you agree to this Statement. This Statement may change from time to time. Your continued use of this Site after we make changes is deemed to be acceptance of those changes, so please check the policy periodically for updates. By using our websites and services you hereby consent to these terms.


Sources of Personal Information

How We Use the Information We Collect

How We Share Your Personal Information

Your Choices Regarding Your Personal Information

How We Protect Your Personal Information

European Union (EU) Residents

How to Contact Us

Privacy Statement Updates

Sources of Personal Data

The types of personal data collected and used by HSD depend on specific activities as described below.

Information You Provide Us Directly.  We collect personal data which you provide us directly, for example, when users and visitors to the Site Request More Information on a particular school or program, or when users or visitors use the Contact Us feature on the Site. This data includes a user’s first and last name, email address, and country of residence.

Information Collected Through Automated Technologies.  We use cookies, tags, web beacons and other technologies to track and collect browsing, purchase activity, and personal information. A “cookie” assigns you a unique identifier so that we can recognize you each time you re-enter our Site, allowing us to recall where you’ve previously been on our Site and help you track the pages you view on our Site. Cookies help us deliver a better Site experience to our users.

The information collected from a cookie is sometimes called “clickstream.” We use this information to understand how our users navigate our Sites, and to determine common traffic patterns, including what other external sites the user is visiting from. We may also use this information to make site navigation and product recommendations and to help redesign our Sites, better personalize content, banner ads, and promotions that you and other users will see in an effort to make your experience on our Sites more efficient and enjoyable.

You have choices with respect to information collected from the use of cookies. By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject all cookies, you will be unable to access those services or activities that require the placement of cookies. Further, certain aspects of the Sites may not function properly if you set your browser to reject all cookies.

Information We Receive from Other Parties.  We may obtain information about you from other sources for purposes such as prospecting and/or enhancing the information you have provided.


Our Sites are intended to be used by other businesses and adult customers. We do not knowingly collect any Personal Information about minors under the age of 13. No information should be submitted to or posted on our Sites by minors.


How We Use the Information We Collect

Personal Data may be used for the following purposes:

  • To present our Site and its contents to you.
  • To provide you with information, products, or services that you request from us.
  • To fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it.
  • To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection.
  • To notify you about changes to our Site or any products or services we offer or provide though it.
  • In any other way we may describe when you provide the information.
  • For any other purpose with your consent.

Our Products & Services.  We use Personal Data to process and fulfill your request for additional information or services, to contact the school or program you are interested in, and to provide customer service.

Other Uses.  We use Personal Data for other reasons, including conducting research and analysis; preventing or mitigating fraud; and complying with legal matters, investigations, and applicable laws and regulations.

We may also use your information to contact you about our own and third-parties' goods and services that may be of interest to you. If you do not want us to use your information in this way, please adjust your user preferences in your account profile.

By using our Site or providing any personal data to us, where applicable law permits, you consent to the transfer, processing, and storage of such information outside of your country of residence where data protection standards may be different.

How We Share Your Personal Information

Except as outlined below, where required by applicable laws, we will not disclose your Personal Data to third parties without your consent.

We may share your Personal Data with other parties in the following instances:

With Our Third Parties: To provide information, products, or services on our behalf, including but not limited to providers of product delivery services and website analytics. 

For Marketing Purposes: To notify you of offers for products or services that may be of interest to you. We do not share credit card or other financial information for marketing purposes.

For Corporate Transactions: In connection with a merger, acquisition or sale involving all or a portion of our company.

Other Reasons: To: (a) satisfy applicable law, regulations, legal process or valid governmental request; (b) enforce the terms of use applicable to our services, (c) detect, prevent or mitigate fraud or security or technical issues; or (d) protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of our company, our customers or the public as required or permitted by law.


Your Choices Regarding Your Personal Information


Tracking Technologies and Advertising. You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. To learn how you can manage your Flash cookie settings, visit the Flash player settings page on Adobe's website. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this Site may then be inaccessible or not function properly.

Disclosure of Your Information for Third-Party Advertising. If you do not want us to share your personal information with unaffiliated or non-agent third parties for promotional purposes, you can opt-out. You can also always opt-out by sending us an email with your request to

Promotional Offers from the Company. If you do not wish to have your email address/contact information used by HSD to promote our own or third parties' products or services, you can opt-out by sending us an email stating your request to If we have sent you a promotional email, you may send us a return email asking to be omitted from future email distributions. This opt out does not apply to information provided to the Company as a result of a product purchase, warranty registration, product service experience or other transactions.

Targeted Advertising. If you do not want us to use information that we collect or that you provide to us to deliver advertisements according to our advertisers' target-audience preferences, you can opt-out by emailing us at For this opt-out to function, you must have your browser set to accept all browser cookies.

At any time, you can request access to your personal data, request that any inaccuracies be corrected, or request that comments or explanations be added to records about you.


You may contact us with changes as described in the How to Contact Us section.  To prevent unauthorized changes, we may ask for certain information to verify your identity before we process such requests.


Although we will do our best to make your requested changes, in some cases for example, if it requires a disproportionate technical or practical cost or effort or if it conflicts with our legal obligations or business requirements, we may be unable to do so completely.  Should this occur, we will communicate that to you.




How We Protect Your Personal Information


We employ reasonable technical, physical and administrative safeguards to protect your Personal Data and require Third Parties with whom we work to do the same.   However, we cannot guarantee your information will be completely safe against unauthorized access.  Please use caution when sharing your information with others and take appropriate measures to protect the confidentiality of your username and password.  Some practical tips are available in the Privacy Office.


If you think the Personal Data you provided to us has been improperly accessed or used, or if you suspect that unauthorized purchases have been made on our websites using your Personal Information, please Contact Us immediately.


Our websites may contain links to, or plugins or widgets from, social media or other websites operated and maintained by Third Parties.  These properties, which we do not control, operate independently and have their own privacy practices and statements, which we encourage you to review.


European Union (EU) and/or European Economic Area (EEA) Residents

As residents of the EU and/or EEA, you will have certain additional rights with respect to your Personal Data under the General Data Protection Regulation including:

  • To access the Personal Data we maintain about you;
  • To be provided with information about how we process your Personal Data;
  • To correct your Personal Data;
  • To have your Personal Data erased;
  • To object to or restrict how we process your Personal Data; and
  • To request your Personal Data to be transferred to a third party.

You may file a complaint regarding the Statement by contacting us at the information we provide below.  Additionally, Data Subjects from the EEA may file a complaint with EU data protection authorities (DPAs).  A list of DPAs from the European Commission may be found here:

You may also contact us using the contact information provided above to be directed to the appropriate DPA contact(s).


We will consider and process your request within a reasonable period of time.  Please be aware that under certain circumstances, the GDPR may limit your exercise of these rights.

We will retain your EU Personal Data for as long as your account is active, as needed to provide you services and to fulfill the purposes for which the data was collected, and as necessary to comply with our legal obligations and fulfill our business needs.

How to Contact Us

Please direct any questions, complaints or concerns regarding this Privacy Statement and our treatment of your Personal Data to any of the following:

Email Address: 

Phone:                         +1 201 359 0446  

Mailing Address:       

HSD c/o

International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management

1000 River Road,

Teaneck NJ 07666-1914


Upon receiving a written request, we will contact you directly, investigate your request, and work to address your concerns.   We will respond to your request without undue delay.  We reserve the right to take reasonable steps to verify your identity prior to granting access or processing changes or corrections.

Privacy Statement Updates

This Privacy Statement may change from time to time, and we will post on our websites any updated Privacy Statement.  Recent changes to the Privacy Statement are documented below.  Each version of this Privacy Statement will be identified by its effective date displayed at the top of this Privacy Statement.