The 2016 AAHOA convention and trade show was an incredible, record-breaking success. We welcomed approximately 5,000 members, vendors and industry professionals to Nashville to kick off AAHOA's 27th year. Click here to view photo highlights on the AAHOA Facebook page, and access even more photos in AAHOA's Event Gallery.
Chairman Bharat (Bruce) Patel officially took the reins from outgoing chair, Jay R. (Jimmy) Patel, on April 1 at the 2016 AAHOA convention. We're excited for his chairmanship and look forward to a successful 2016! Read more about Bruce.
AAHOA welcomes the newest members the Board of Directors: Jagruti Panwala - AAHOA Secretary; Navnit "Nick" Patel - Director at Large; Nishant "Neal" Patel - Young Professional Director at Large, Western Division; Rashmikant "Haji" Patel - North Carolina Regional Director; and Priyesh Patel (re-elected unopposed) - Central Midwest Regional Director. Congratulations, and thank you for your service to AAHOA!
Next AAHOA board meeting: May 4-5, 2016
AAHOA debuted the inaugural issue of its new monthly magazine, Today's Hotelier. Available both in print and online, it includes industry trends and features, AAHOA news and other content designed to help the hotel owner prosper. To learn more, visit the magazine's website at todayshotelier.com, and be on the lookout for the May issue - coming to your mailbox soon!
On Tuesday, April 12, the Los Angeles City Council heard a proposal to exempt union members from a $15 minimum wage that they have spent years fighting for. The exemption proposal was first introduced last year, after the Los Angeles city council passed a bill that would see the city’s minimum wage increase to $15 by 2020. Because California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a law raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, local union workers might see their wages increase potentially two years later than non-union members. For more information on extreme wage proposals in your area, please visit our AAHOA State Legislation Tracker. Also be sure to click here for AAHOA’s stance on pressing workforce and labor issues in your state.
In 2014, 44 ADA (Title III) lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against places of public accommodation. Last year, that number more than doubled to 94 cases, displaying one of the biggest jumps in ADA litigation nationwide. Despite increased awareness and community involvement, the trend is alive and well in 2016. At the end of March, 2016, 29 ADA lawsuits were filed against private businesses in the Chicago federal court. Take Action today by urging your elected officials to support H.R. 3765, the ADA Education and Reform Act. To learn more about policies aimed to curb drive-by lawsuits, be sure to view AAHOA’s online Policy Agenda.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently proposed to more than double the salary threshold for overtime employee exemption. If this proposal turns into law, employees earning up to $50,440 will be entitled to overtime pay when working more than 40 hours per week. AAHOA is opposed to severe overtime expansion because it will decrease workplace flexibility, reduce job-advancement opportunities for employees, and increase the use of part-timer workers in American businesses. For these reasons, AAHOA strongly supports the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (H.R. 4773, S. 2707), which will require the DOL to substantiate its extreme proposal with fact-based economic analysis. Take Action now in support of this legislation in the U.S. House and Senate! For more information on federal overtime regulations, be sure to visit AAHOA’s online Policy Agenda.
By Dennis Nessler, Hotel Interactive
As we get further along the campaign trail, it becomes more and more evident that there is a very real chance the U.S. will elect the first female president in its 240-year history.
By Lisa Terry, Hospitality Technology
Technology has become critical to attracting and retaining hotel guests, and today that means investing in a wide range of solutions that create immediate and personal engagement. With rising expectations, surprise and delight has been replaced by expected and assumed.
By Holly Zoba
When I was a relatively young manager, I stumbled upon a great idea for hiring the right front desk team for a hotel I had recently taken over. I placed an ad asking applicants to tell me which late night talk show host they preferred and why.
By Shama Hyder
The term branding has long been relegated to companies, but today almost every individual has a personal brand. Not many of us have consciously cultivated these brands, but they exist nonetheless, mostly in the form of a digital footprint in the sands of time and space crowd-sourced by friends, colleagues and bosses. According to an AVG study, 92 percent of children under the age of two already have a digital footprint.