Hotelier Weekly
January 26, 2017
A number of AAHOA & CH&LA members have recently received "demand letters" from Jonathan Asselin-Normand (JAN) about alleged violations of California law regarding renting to minors. JAN has made claims like this against hundreds of lodging establishments in California over several years.
It has been a wonderful week in Los Angeles, where AAHOA officers attended the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) and AAHOA CEO Chip Rogers served as a panelist at the ALIS Law conference. They took time out from learning and networking to snap a photo with Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson (third from left). 
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AAHOA in the News
AAHOA Washington District Regional Director Vinay Patel formally presented at Tuesday’s kickoff event for the bipartisan Congressional Franchise Caucus. During his remarks, Patel expressed to lawmakers and staff that "[His] story demonstrates that a strong franchise model in this country is the true embodiment of the American dream." The caucus was formed last September to emphasize the role that America’s 733,000 franchise businesses and 7.6 million employees play in strengthening our nation’s economy. Click here to read AAHOA’s press release on the event, and here for a copy of Patel’s full statement.
Yesterday, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley easily won confirmation as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. AAHOA congratulates Ambassador Haley, a longtime advocate for our shared community in South Carolina, for this monumental achievement.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee announced that it will conduct a hearing for Andrew Puzder, President-elect Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Labor, on February 2. Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc., which owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. franchise brands. Simply put, Puzder has the proper business experience and policy acumen to lead in Washington, D.C. Sign our action alert and tell congress to support Puzder for U.S. Secretary of Labor!
Events and Happenings
AAHOA's Government Affairs team was on site in Richmond yesterday for a day of advocacy and networking with AAHOA members and other small business owners from around Virginia. These state capitol lobby days are excellent opportunities for you to make your voice heard and to get an update straight from the source on all the legislative happenings in your state government. There are 12 more lobby days scheduled so far for 2017 – click to see if your state is on the calendar!
Hina Desai, Ambassador Snehal Patel, Nishant Patel, Jignesh Patel and Ambassador Mayur Patel attended the New Mexico Hospitality Association meeting this week to hear about and discuss recent changes to the New Mexico Department of Tourism. 

January 31
South Central Texas Town Hall Meeting, San Antonio, Texas 

February 6
Gulf Town Hall Meeting, Little Rock, Arkansas
Washington District Town Hall, Richmond, Virginia 

February 7
South Pacific Town Hall, Artesia, California
Southwest Town Hall, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Gulf Town Hall Meeting, Bentonville, Arkansas 

February 9
Southwest Town Hall, Flagstaff, Arizona 

February 16
Southwest Town Hall, Clovis, New Mexico 

February 20
South Central Texas Town Hall, Corpus Christi, Texas
Washington District Town Hall Meeting, Roanoke, Virginia 

February 21
Mid South Town Hall, Knoxville, Tennessee
Washington District Town Hall, Linthicum Heights, Maryland 

February 27
Mid South Town Hall, Sevierville, Tennessee 

February 28
South Central Texas Town Hall, San Marcos, Texas

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Industry News
Aidan Quigley, Politico
President Donald Trump’s hotel company aims to eventually triple the number of Trump luxury hotels throughout the United States and will begin opening lower-priced hotels this year as well. "There are 26 major metropolitan areas in the U.S., and we’re in five," Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger said on Tuesday after a panel at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles, according to Bloomberg.
Christopher Tkaczyk, Travel+Leisure
Hilton Hotels announced on Monday that it is developing a new chain of hotels called Tapestry. In a statement, Hilton CEO and President Christopher J. Nassetta said, "Tapestry Collection by Hilton will enable us to provide the best of both worlds to travelers who are looking for an independent hotel experience but also want the consistency and reassurance they expect from Hilton." 
Deanna Ting, Skift
Despite being fierce competitors, the CEOs of Marriott and Hilton agree that the current era is a golden age of travel. Speaking separately at the annual Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles, in front of a crowd of more than 3,000 hoteliers on Monday, each pressed their own priorities.
Today's Hotelier: In Case You Missed It
Alicia Hoisington, Today’s Hotelier 
There’s no doubt that online travel agencies (OTAs) have gained market share over the years. And with that, commissions also have grown. According to Kalibri Labs’ recent report "Demystifying the Digital Marketplace," commissions paid to third parties rose at twice the rate of room revenue growth for the period from 2011 through 2015.
Nick Fortuna, Today’s Hotelier
In the mid-1950s, when Howard Johnson and Holiday Inn spearheaded the movement toward hotel franchising, few could have predicted that the experimental business model would enjoy such enduring success. Today, franchisees own about half of the hotels in the United States, and industry experts expect the business model to continue to benefit both franchisor and franchisee in the long term.
Kristin Alexin, Today’s Hotelier 
It’s tough to be a hotelier nowadays – the competition is fierce. Everyone is trying to figure out how to attract more guests. As a hotel owner, you probably wrack your brain on a daily basis wondering, "How can I stand out? Am I generating enough interest? Should I run more ads? Am I tweeting enough? Should I be snapchatting? What even is Snapchat?"


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