Hotelier Weekly
May 12, 2016
Ishwar Naran, AAHOA Lifetime Member (Florida), has joined the Best Western Board of Directors. Naran, President of CEO of Premier Resorts and Management, has been a hotelier for more than 30 years.
Kalpesh Joshi, AAHOA upper Midwest regional director, has been honored for his achievements and service to the people of Illinois with a 2016 Community Service Award from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. 
The AAHOA Board of Directors has released the list of 2016 regional ambassadors and new committee members. You can find the names of your region’s ambassadors by clicking on your region’s name. Congratulations to all new ambassadors and committee members! (Note: Click on your region to view the new ambassador names.)
Did you take a photo with Peyton Manning, Kevin O’Leary or another speaker at the 2016 AAHOA convention? Visit our events website to find and download it – for free!
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AAHOA in the News

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are preparing to welcome nearly 500 hotel owners and lodging professionals to the nation’s capital next week when the Legislative Action Summit kicks off on May 17. The conference, a joint effort between the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, will bring hoteliers to Congress to urge action on the industry’s top legislative priorities. Registration ends soon – act now before it’s too late!
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The Department of Labor (DOL) is now expected to release new federal overtime regulations sometime next week. The new rule will likely more than double the salary threshold for eligible overtime employees. Join fellow AAHOA members and pro-small business advocates by urging Congress to hold the DOL accountable and limit this federal overreach.  
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOC) this week released a new resource document that guides employers on how to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it comes to granting leave. Click here to review the document.
Senate Republicans are urging Trump to reveal more information about the type of justices he would nominate for the Supreme Court. Click here to read Seung Min Kim’s full article on the trending issue. 
Events and Happenings

Calling all South Central Texas members! Join your regional director, Girish "Gary" Patel, for a town hall meeting on Monday, May 16, in San Antonio. Details and registration available here
The AAHOA CHO workshop is coming to a city near you! Click here to view the 2016 AAHOA CHO calendar.
Industry News

Spring is finally upon us. For California hotels, spring means college students and other guests will be looking to vacation in sunny Southern California. While the influx of guests may be great for business, it also means that your managers and employees need to be trained to handle potential misconduct from hotel guests and coworkers alike.
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By Hotel News Now editorial staff
Some major hotel companies have announced reduced room rates for loyalty program members, and discussion during first-quarter earnings calls turned to the fight against OTAs for direct bookings. 
By Rajesh Rajan, Rethink Hotels
The hospitality industry is one of the few industries that are fortunate enough to have a ‘report card’, AKA ‘STAR Report’, that shows where you stand against your competition on a weekly basis. By reviewing the STR Report, the hotel is able to identify whether their rate strategy had succeeded or not.
Today's Hotelier: In Case You Missed It
By Brian Kaissi
Small Delegation Meetings were first instituted in 2013 under the leadership of former AAHOA Chairman Mehul (Mike) Patel, former Vice President of Government Affairs Chip Rogers and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Tarun Patel. These monthly meetings were created so AAHOA members could maintain relationships with elected officials throughout the year and were designed to mirror national fly-ins on a more targeted level.
By Mike Fitzpatrick
For hoteliers, the long-term cost savings associated with going green has made environmentally friendly landscaping an increasingly attractive option. But for many hotel owners and property managers, going green can seem like an overwhelming task, as they don’t know where to start.


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