Hotelier Weekly
May 26, 2016
AAHOA News
In partnership with Texas attorney Rahul Patel, AAHOA has produced a webinar that contains everything you need to know about avoiding, understanding and dealing with ADA ("drive-by") lawsuits. (Don’t forget to read AAHOA member Mili Shah’s testimony before a House subcommittee last week!)
 
Jim Strickland, WSB-TV Atlanta
Some might consider Dean Hagler a crusader. But metro innkeepers hit with his lawsuits surely do not. "It’s harassment for small businesses. It is totally and completely harassment," Chatur Chhabhaya told Channel 2 Consumer Investigator Jim Strickland. Chhabhaya is one of dozens of operators Hagler has sued in the past year over the accessibility of their pools.
  
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AAHOA in the News

The new overtime rule, which the Department of Labor released last week, has left many small business owners puzzled. In the coming months, hoteliers must take important steps in order to ensure full compliance with the regulation. Click here to read some tips and guidelines as you plan for your business. 

  
Tuesday evening, a state court of appeals judge granted Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel’s request to reinstate the law while the appeals court decides whether it is constitutional. This measure bars Wisconsin businesses and unions from reaching labor deals that require workers to pay union fees.
  
Then final count is in. Last week, over 500 AAHOA and AH&LA members stormed Capitol Hill as a part of the hospitality industry’s largest legislative conference to date. Among many monumental steps forward, the LAS team launched a new interactive phone app that gives real-time updates with legislative meeting schedules, policy issues, member biographies and more. Stay tuned for information regarding AAHOA’s Fall National Advocacy Conference on September 6th in Washington, D.C.
Events and Happenings
  
Thirty-six AAHOA member-hoteliers arrived at the GSA Community and Banquet Center this past Monday to begin the five-day CHO program. On Friday, they’ll take the CHO test and find out whether they are among our industry’s elite – a Certified Hotel Owner. Interested in getting certified? 
AAHOA’s North Pacific regional meeting was a resounding success in every way. The trade show was swarming with members and vendors, Kamalesh "KP" Patel became the new North Pacific Premier Ambassador, and North Pacific members donated a whopping $7,000 to the AAHOA PAC. 
 
Industry News
  
Stephanie Ricca, Hotel News Now
Summer is peak travel time, and this year should be no exception. While increased occupancy might be a given during vacation-friendly months, independent hoteliers can do a lot to maximize revenue returns during this busy season. Rick Day, VP of marketing at Real Hospitality Group, answered six questions about how to make summer marketing work for your hotel, including some last-minute tips.
Patrick Clarke, TravelPulse.com
For travelers looking to make a difference over the course of their next hotel stay, Ritz-Carlton has launched Impact Experiences. Developed by its Community Footprints program, the new offerings target group guests seeking to make a positive change.
 
Today's Hotelier: In Case You Missed It
By Steve Visser
A first-hand account of the history and evolution of AAHOA and "The Godfather’s" lasting impact on our community and industry.
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.
 

 

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