Hotelier Weekly
May 11, 2017
Bhavesh Patel, AAHOA’s 2017-2018 chairman, will address hoteliers and brand leaders next Monday, May 15, during a hospitality breakout session at the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s 2017 Better Buildings Summit in Washington, D.C.
AAHOA Northwest Regional Director Komal (Tina) Patel will serve on the InnDependent Lodging Executive Summit’s "Independence Day for Women Execs" panel next Tuesday, May 16, in Las Vegas. Click to find out more about this exciting event for independent hoteliers!
Dina Patel, AAHOA’s Female Director – Western Division, will address attendees next Tuesday, May 16, at the Hospitality International seminar in Houston, Texas. Dina will share her inspiring personal story and path to AAHOA and provide an overview of AAHOA's background and membership benefits. 
AAHOA’s 2017-2018 Regional Ambassadors have been finalized by the board of directors and we are pleased to share with you the new rosters for this year. This association thrives on the support of its volunteers; ambassadors support local membership development and increase communication and awareness of industry issues. Many thanks to our regional ambassadors for their service!
AAHOA is pleased to announce the volunteers who have been formally appointed to committees for the 2017-2018 term. Committees represent a cross-section of our membership and serve as a forum to generate ideas and feedback used by staff and the board of directors. AAHOA benefits enormously from its engaged membership and is grateful to these new volunteers for their willingness to serve.

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AAHOA in the News
In the last month, the states of Arizona, Florida and Texas each enacted major ADA reform bills to curb predatory "drive-by" lawsuits. The Arizona legislature passed SB 1406 to enact a 30-day "notice and cure" period for state disability lawsuits, and the Texas legislature passed HB 1463 to enact a similar 60-day provision. This will ensure that would-be plaintiffs are obliged to notify business owners of alleged accessibility barriers before taking punitive legal action. In addition, the Florida legislature passed HB 727, a bill that creates an ADA certification program to create actionable solutions for small businesses. 
For our shared efforts in 2016, AAHOA recently won a Goldie Award for "Best Email Action Alert Campaign." The Goldie Awards recognize excellence and innovation across the spectrum of political campaigns, issue advocacy and grassroots organizing. The annual award program is judged by political and organizing professionals. This accomplishment is emblematic of the advocacy efforts of AAHOA’s growing membership and exemplary leadership. 
Attending AAHOA and AH&LA’s Legislative Action Summit on May 17-18 in Washington, D.C.? Be sure to register for the LAS Prep Webinar to learn about the top issues impacting hoteliers in 2017. The webinar will be held on Thursday, May 11, at 3 p.m. Click here to register today! Also, if you haven’t already registered for LAS, be sure to click here and register ASAP. The room block is now completely full, but we encourage members to register and find a nearby hotel in the downtown D.C. area. 
Events and Happenings
The window of opportunity is closing fast! Women of AAHOA, don’t miss this chance to network with Hilton leadership and learn more about one of the most respected names in hospitality. You can’t afford not to take advantage of this fantastic day of professional development, so click here now to register!
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AAHOA Education
Thursday, May 11, 3:00 p.m. EDT
Learn how YOU can make a difference on Capitol Hill by sharing how our industry creates jobs, serves guests and supports communities at LAS 2017.
This webinar will cover:
• 5 tips for effective congressional outreach 
• 4 top issues affecting the future of our industry 
• 3 reasons you will benefit from attending LAS 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 2:00–2:25 p.m. EDT
In the face of a sudden disaster, are you or your hotel staff prepared to respond? Join crisis-management experts to understand the importance of preparedness and clear communication during a disruptive and unexpected event. Learn how to establish and implement a strategy in order to minimize any damage that can affect the company’s reputation and bottom line for years to come.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 1:30–1:55 p.m. EDT 
Millennials are collectively the youngest and largest generation in the workforce today, according to the 2016 Joint Economic Report. There are a few things you should know about the generation that will represent nearly 75 percent of the workforce by 2030. Learn from a millennial CEO about best practices to capitalize on what this generation of employees has to offer. 
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Industry News
Bryan Wroten, Hotel News Now
To achieve targeted profitability, hoteliers push to maximize their revenue, but there’s more to it than that. Along with driving higher rates and desired occupancy levels, hoteliers must also find what expenses they should cut and determine the best way to go about it.
Deanna Ting, Skift
Boosted by its $13.3-billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in September 2016, Marriott International has demonstrated strong global performance in its first quarter results with Starwood on board. The Bethesda, Maryland-based company, now the world’s largest hotel company, beat Wall Street’s expectations both in terms of revenue and in earnings, posting earnings per share of $1.01 and total revenues of $5.56 billion, a 47.7 percent increase from the same period last year when Starwood wasn’t yet part of the company.
Kerry Medina, Hotel Management
2017 is expected to be flat for U.S. hotel transactions, at least according to JLL’s Q4 2016 U.S. Lodging Investment Outlook, which forecasts $29 billion in U.S. transaction activity in 2017 — a repeat of the market’s 2016 performance.
Today's Hotelier: In Case You Missed It
Brandon VerVelde, Today’s Hotelier
When hoteliers wake up every morning, there might be a lot of things driving them. For some, it might be their passion for the hospitality industry. For others, it’s their steadfast determination to provide for their families and to build something to pass to the next generation. Perhaps it’s their quest for personal achievement—striving to reach new heights in the business.
Rushi Shah, Today’s Hotelier
As a hotel owner, you are already well versed in how operating as a franchisee can benefit your business. You have the autonomy to manage your hotel (or use the independent management company of your choice), and your cash flow is fueled by contributions from the brand’s marketing team, central services and all-important reservations engine. 
Chip Rogers, Today’s Hotelier
For over 200 years, the American business world has been buoyed in large part by the widespread belief that professional success knows no race, color, sex, disability, religion or socioeconomic status. If you put in the work – no matter who you are – you will reap the benefits.


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