Hotelier Weekly
May 19, 2016
Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) Chairman Bharat (Bruce) Patel addressed audiences at the Red Roof Inn regional in Chicago last week. 
AAHOA leaders met with the Choice Hotels executive leadership team last Thursday in Las Vegas at the Choice Hotels Brand Alliance Meeting (BAM). Officers provided AAHOA updates to the 275 attendees and marked the 22nd year of AAHOA's successful relationship with Choice.
AAHOA in the News
This morning, AAHOA Ambassador Mili Shah testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, highlighting her painful experience after receiving an ADA Title III drive-by lawsuit. Shah, whose story resembles that of thousands of American hoteliers and small business owners every year, told federal legislators: "Recently, hotels and other small businesses have come under attack by unscrupulous attorneys and serial plaintiffs seeking to make a quick buck from small business owners like me." 
Congress got an earful this week when over 500 hoteliers descended onto Washington, D.C., for the hotel industry’s largest legislative conference to date. Hotel owners and lodging professionals from AAHOA and AH&LA visited offices on Capitol Hill Wednesday and urged action on the industry’s legislative priorities, which range from labor issues to short-term rental regulations. Attendees of the conference’s education segment Tuesday were taught the ins and outs of lobbying their legislator, the details of each issue and heard remarks from U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD).
Events and Happenings
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Industry News
Jill Greenwood, Hotel Management 
Hotel brokers from across the industry expect the transaction market across the country to remain healthy throughout 2016, though a slowdown is imminent and the effects of increasing supply are beginning to be felt.
Zoe Connolly, Hotel Executive
Corporate culture is critical to ensuring that the experience guests actually receive is representative of the experience that hotel leadership hopes to portray. Culture can be affected in any number of ways, from management implementing employee appreciation programs to maintain top talent, through far less formal interactions like a couple of workers putting together a plan to ensure there's coffee to start a shift together. It can be augmented, strengthened, improved, measured, and yes; culture can be ruined.
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