Hotelier Weekly
July 20, 2017
This highly-popular (and now sold-out) event features sessions covering a vast range of topics related to forming a management company, including site and franchisor selection, pre-opening and ramp-up, financing, design and development. AAHOA held the first "How to Form a Management Company" in October 2016, and a second related event called "How to Develop a Hotel" in March 2017. Both were met with huge success, selling out in just a couple weeks. Tarun Kapoor, managing director of Kapoor & Kapoor Hospitality, is facilitating the event, and will also moderate a panel discussion – Lessons from Successful AAHOA Developers – featuring some of the industry’s top hotel executives. The event is being held in Chattanooga, Tenn., at the DoubleTree Hotel, July 24-25. If you are interested in attending and have not already registered, there is a waitlist available.
Bhavesh Patel will give welcoming remarks and present the 2017 AAHOA Outstanding Hotelier Award to one distinguished hotel owner/operator during the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers annual investment summit and tradeshow next week. AAHOA and NABHOOD have a long-standing partnership and continue to work toward a common purpose—helping members achieve great things. The event is being held at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Hotel, July 26-28.
 The Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) Summer Update, cohosted for the first time by AAHOA and held at the W Atlanta-Buckhead earlier this week, was met with huge success. The well-attended event consisted of several panel discussions, all featuring top industry executives. Throughout the day, they provided significant insight into funding sources, current opportunities for growth and development, and the future of the hospitality industry as a whole. AAHOA looks forward to continuing this new partnership in years to come.  

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AAHOA in the News
On Wednesday, July 19, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to approve President Trump’s nominees, Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel, for the National Labor Relations Board. Now the vote will go to the full Senate floor. If approved, these appointments will complete the NLRB with a 3-2 Republican majority, making it more likely that the board will review important labor issues such as the expanded joint employer standard. Urge your Senators to vote YES to Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel.
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee, released an op-ed in The Hill asking her colleagues to support the traditional joint-employer standard that helps small businesses spur job creation and community investment. Read her compelling call to action.
DHS announced Monday it would expand the number of H2B visas granted this year for workers in seasonal, non-agricultural industries. This will increase the number of skilled workers available to strengthen the travel and tourism industry. A report by The Hill offers more detail on the department’s move.
Events and Happenings
Veteran AAHOA members who are skilled and knowledgeable in their trade are encouraged to participate in AAHOA’s new mentor match program. The program is designed to give younger generations guidance as they make their way through their hospitality industry careers and business endeavors. Visit to learn more about getting involved.
Join us for one of these upcoming town hall meetings for AAHOA updates, a short education session and industry info that every hotelier needs to know.
Hotel ROI is a fast-paced education series that is built to inform, inspire and provide actionable insight that hoteliers can take and apply to their businesses right away. Local market experts will focus on critical issues, like problems that could be eating into your bottom line, and provide usable data that will help you drive profits upward. The next event will take place in Chicago on Aug. 10; register today for this event, or for one of four others: Baltimore on Aug. 24; Pittsburgh on Sept. 14; Atlanta on Sept. 27; or Charlotte on Oct. 11.
AAHOA Education
AAHOA continues to grow and be recognized as the primary industry resource for hoteliers. The association’s new Call for Speakers seeks individuals with expertise and skill in the hospitality industry, particularly in the areas of hotel ownership and operations to speak at AAHOA events. Interested? Submit an application today to be considered for upcoming engagements.
Thursday, July 20, 2017, 3:00-3:25 p.m. EDT
Gain a better understanding of how hotels are unnecessarily taxed and how to lower property tax bills.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 2:30-2:55 p.m. EDT
With the Department of Labor increasing its investigation and enforcement efforts, now more than ever, business owners need to take special care when classifying workers as either employers or independent contractors. Join us to learn what defines an independent contractor and the consequences of misclassification.
Support your customers during the Diwali season. Join us in this edition of Today’s Hotelier, which mails right before the festival of lights. View our media kit today.

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Industry News
By Samantha Shankman, Skift 
Luxury hospitality means offering guests five-star service, but the industry and its customers are starting to recognize that the future of the business will be cut short without a focus on the environmental impact of their operations. The emergence of a social trend that emphasizes consciousness around conservation is influencing the market and becoming an important factor in gaining approval of luxury travelers.
By Prashant Das, Hotel News Now
New research conducted on a sample of nearly 5,000 hotel transactions in the U.S. explores how superlative building status, such as being the tallest, the largest or the oldest, raises or diminishes value, and whether this pattern varies across contexts.
By Jim Carchidi, Orlando Business Journal
Of all the theme park and resort projects The Walt Disney Co. revealed during the D23 Expo, July 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, the biggest was the confirmation of a rumor that a Star Wars themed hotel experience is being designed for Walt Disney World Resort. (Photo © 2017 Disney)
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Today's Hotelier: In Case You Missed It
By Dr. Travis Bradberry, Today’s Hotelier
Gallup research shows that 70 percent of employee motivation is influenced by managers. In other words, employees don’t leave jobs; they leave managers.It’s scary to consider just how prevalent a lack of motivation is. In fact, Gallup research shows that 70 percent of employees consider themselves disengaged at work. Organizations know how important it is to have motivated, engaged employees, but most fail to hold managers accountable for making it happen. And when they don’t, the bottom line suffers.
By Larry Mogelonsky, MBA, P.Eng., Today’s Hotelier
Nowadays, hoteliers are so inundated with technology that the tasks of prioritization and selection have become far more than just daunting; research and procurement are practically a job title unto themselves! With this in mind, simplify your journey by defining hospitality technology according to these four distinct pillars. While each pillar interconnects with the others in various forms, breaking them down into silos will help you weigh the financials as well as ensure that no single area goes overlooked for too long.
By Charles Cannon, Today’s Hotelier 
Past research has suggested that the hospitality industry is burdened with one of the highest turnover rates in America, especially in non-management roles. One of the features of President Obama’s PATH Act, signed in December 2015, was written to help alleviate the cost of hiring and training new employees.


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