Hotelier Weekly
September 1, 2016
The Central Midwest CHO wrapped up last Friday in Broken Arrow, Okla., with more than a dozen new grads. We are so proud of ALL our CHOs’ hard work and excited to see how they use their new certification to help build our industry!
Congratulations to Southeast Texas Regional Director Vikas Desai and his ambassadors on a fantastic regional meeting! We welcomed over 430 attendees to Humble, Texas, and our amazing Southeast Texas members donated almost $30,000 to the AAHOA PAC! We are so grateful for all of their support. Congratulations also to your 2016-2017 Southeast Texas Premier Ambassador, Piyush Bhakta! Way to go, Piyush!
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AAHOA in the News
DOL on Thursday appealed a Texas federal judge’s June injunction blocking its persuader rule, which increased disclosure requirements for the hiring of union-busting consultants and attorneys. Previously companies could avoid disclosing the hiring of such "persuaders" if they strategized with managers but did not interact with workers.
Next week, Sept. 6–7, AAHOA will host its annual Fall National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. Registration ends today at 5 p.m.! 
On Tues., Aug. 30, AAHOA supported candidates in Florida emerged victorious in their respective primary election battles. Candidate for U.S. Senate, Patrick Murphy, along with candidate for the Osceola County Board of Commissioners, Peggy Choudhry, each celebrated wins.
Events and Happenings
The 2016 AAHOA Washington District Regional Meeting is just around the corner! Next Thurs., Sept. 8, we want to see YOU in Springfield, Va. We’ll be talking about the Department of Labor’s final overtime ruling AND we’ll provide an update on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
"The entire Tennessee hospitality and tourism industry is coming together in one exciting conference! Outstanding professional development series, nationally-known keynote speakers, and great networking opportunities!" Best of all? AAHOA members get in to the trade show on Thurs., Sept. 22, absolutely free!* 
*Must register on site the day of the trade show. Free admission is available only on Thursday and applies only to the trade show and to Thursday’s educational sessions. 
We’ve got you covered! All of AAHOA’s past webinars can be found here. Enjoy, and we hope to "see" you at an upcoming webinar soon! 
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Industry News
Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post
As you check into your hotel room this holiday weekend, you may be welcomed by a robot. Hotel companies around the world have been racing to incorporate new innovations into their properties. Here, a look at some futuristic technology that may greet you during your next hotel stay.
Photo courtesy of Hilton Worldwide.
Danielle Hess, Hotel News Now
Independent hoteliers in areas who get a lot of fall business are preparing for the seasonal shift with activities and food-and-beverage offerings centered on fall. The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vt., sees demand spike during the fall season, President and GM Gary Thulander said.
Today's Hotelier: In Case You Missed It
By Bharat (Bruce) Patel, Today’s Hotelier
The sign of a successful business plan is to identify a gap in the market and then find a profitable way to fill it. How many times have we heard people say that they cannot stay in shape because they are always traveling? Well, they are not alone. According to Joel Eisemann, chief development officer, The Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), "Our research showed that there are 17 million travelers in the U.S. who find it hard to stay active and eat right, and that they ‘fall off the wagon’ when traveling."
By Brandon VerVelde, Today’s Hotelier
Mili Shah grew up in her parents’ Days Inn in Milledgeville, Georgia, about 95 miles southeast of Atlanta. Like many children of Indian immigrant hoteliers, that statement is quite literal. Her family lived in the hotel that they owned and ran. Also like many others in the hotel community, Shah chipped in to the business at a young age, learning the ins-and-outs of running a hotel at the front desk and in the back office.


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