Hotelier Weekly
April 20, 2017
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AAHOA would like to thank, once more, our brand partners who promised "no inspections" at this year’s AAHOA convention. The peace of mind our members experienced as a result of these promises is absolutely invaluable. Watch the compilation video of all our cooperating brands, and don’t forget to say "thank you!" in person!
Immediate Past Chairman Bharat (Bruce) Patel, MBA, CHO, passed the torch to 2017-2018 Chairman Bhavesh Patel last week at the AAHOA convention, but not before he sat down with Hotel Management to talk shop and share his insights and perspective on franchising in 2017. 

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AAHOA in the News
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Tuesday that will curb the abuse of ADA lawsuits in Arizona specifically. The bill was strongly supported by AAHOA and our friends at the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association. The new law gives business owners a period of time to fix alleged issues, depending on how severe the issue might be. 
President Donald J. Trump's administration has targeted the Labor Department's overtime rule for rollback or elimination. The rule never went into effect because it was blocked by a Texas judge, but the Obama Administration appealed the ruling. The legal limbo might come to an end if the Trump Administration takes steps to rescind the rule altogether.
Congressman Tom MacArthur (R, NJ) and Congressman Henry Cuellar (D, Texas) join forces in this op-ed to call for the new, expanded joint employer standard to be overturned. Small businesses, they write, thrived under the old joint employer standard because it was clear in what was allowed and what wasn't. The new standard has upended the franchise system and small business owners are suffering as a result.
Events and Happenings join us on Capitol Hill next month for the 2017 Legislative Action Summit! With a new president and an entirely new legislative agenda, there has never been a better time to advocate for issues that directly impact your business. Join us at this legislative conference, and play your part to improve conditions for American hoteliers in 2017.
AAHOA South Carolina members – please join your Regional Director, Mahesh Patel, and the AAHOA Government Affairs team next Wednesday, April 26, at the South Carolina State House Grounds for a day of advocacy. Stand up for hoteliers and make your voice heard! Held in collaboration with the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association. 
April 27: Upper Midwest – Elmhurst, Illinois
AAHOA Education
Andrew (Andy) Mitchell, project manager, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for the U.S. Department of Energy, will share top resources and tools that help hotel owners to capitalize on energy efficiency savings through the Better Buildings Initiative. 
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Featured Member Benefit
AAHOA has partnered with CBRE to supply state and region specific bench marking, trend and forecasting data during the Business Meeting for all our Regional Conferences this year. Please click here to see a listing of all our Regional Conferences so you won’t miss this must-have information.
Industry News
Chabeli Herrera, Miami Herald
March signaled the first bright spot for South Florida hotels after months of declines, according to data released Wednesday by the data and analytics firm STR. In Miami-Dade County, about 7.1 percent more room nights were sold in March compared to the same month last year. The uptick followed positive results reported in February, following four consecutive months of declining statistics.
Deanna Ting, Skift
Extended stay hotels are a particularly bright spot in an otherwise steady hotel industry, especially in the U.S. These properties, often distinguished by having a kitchenette in each room and taking reservations, instead of requiring a lease, saw room night demand go up 5.4 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, according to a U.S. Extended Stay Lodging Market 2017 report from The Highland Group.   PHOTO: MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, ELEMENT BY WESTIN
Brian Bossetta, The New York Times
Though she had previously sponsored legislation in New York to combat sex trafficking, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin said she had not realized how big a role hotels and hotel workers could play in the fight until she met with two activists.
Today's Hotelier: In Case You Missed It
Hans Schmidtner, Today’s Hotelier
From airlines to fast food restaurants, all kinds of businesses use upselling and cross-selling to increase their business’ growth and profitability. However, these are not just tools to boost profits, but also a way of increasing customer satisfaction as you are enhancing their experience. There are several techniques and best practices that can be implemented very simply and are profitable – in every step of the guest cycle.
Rushi Shah, Today’s Hotelier
Maybe not today or even next year, but sometime in the next 10 years you may decide to turn the helm of your hotel over to the next generation, or divest your property. Regardless of your exit strategy, it’s impossible to predict what market conditions will be when you make the transition, or whether your successors will flourish or falter.
Patrick T. Copps, MS, BCE, Today’s Hotelier
As we head into peak travel season, keep in mind that patrons might not be your only guests – this is peak season for pests, as well. When the seasons change and temperatures heat up, pests leave their winter hiding places in greater numbers. Thanks to fast reproduction and a need for shelter, they may turn to your hotel for a new residence. Below are 10 tips to help prevent pest problems at your hotel.


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