Hotelier Weekly
August 24, 2017
The new AAHOA 365 App is now accessible in both the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Within the app, get quick, easy access to information about upcoming local and regional events, vendor deals and discounts, volunteer opportunities, current legislative and regulatory news, and the AAHOA store. For those planning to attend the 2018 AAHOA Convention & Trade Show, it is a one-stop-shop for everything related to what’s happening at the convention.    
The home of the blues will welcome hundreds of hoteliers from across the country next week for the annual Southern Lodging Summit. The one-and-a-half-day conference, being held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, will bring together hoteliers and lodging professionals to discuss topics that directly impact the hospitality and lodging industry. AAHOA Treasurer Jagruti Panwala will sit on the President’s Panel, along with three other hospitality executives, Andrea Foster, senior vice president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Mark Shalala, vice president of upscale development for Choice Hotels International, and Douglas Dreher, president and CEO of The Hotel Group. The panel, moderated by Isaac Collazo, vice president of performance strategy and planning for IHG, will focus on the most important and contentious issues facing the industry currently, including labor, health care, competition and development. Register for this event today at
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AAHOA in the News
On Tuesday, AAHOA Washington Regional Director Vinay Patel participated in the Coalition to Save Local Business Roundtable with U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock (VA-10). At this well-attended event, local small business owners discussed critical issues affecting the hospitality industry, including the expanded definition of joint-employer and burdensome government regulations.
AAHOA recently hosted a new webinar entitled: How to Engage Effectively with State and Local Elected Officials, which was moderated by Kati Siconolfi, director of state and local government affairs for AAHAO. Check out the Resource Library at for this webinar and other educational videos, documents and webinar replays on business and government relations topics.
Events and Happenings
Alabama Panhandle Regional Director Nitin (Nick) Patel will next week, on Aug. 29, host the Alabama Panhandle Regional Conference & Trade Show. The event, which will feature over 50 hotel and hospitality vendors and special education sessions on human resource strategies, will be held at the Embassy Suites Birmingham Hoover hotel. The Georgia Regional Conference & Trade Show will take place Aug. 31 at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter. The event features a full slate of speakers who will cover topics such as increasing profits, hot and cold markets in the region, and sales and marketing. More than 100 hotel and hospitality vendors are expected to be onsite. Register for these free events online.
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.

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AAHOA Education
The Resource Library at features scores of educational videos, documents and webinar replays on a wide variety of hospitality industry topics and issues. Here’s a quick list of what’s available:
Franchise Relations
Industry Reporting
Financial Management
Human Resources
Reputation Management
Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
Legal Matters
Government Affairs

Bookmark today for quick, easy access to information on the industry’s most pressing topics.
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, 1:30-1:55 p.m. EDT
As an employer, there are steps you need to take to ensure compliance when an employee requests a leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Join this webinar to learn about the eligibility requirements under FMLA, and how hoteliers can best use the FMLA tools and information available when leave is requested.
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, 3:30-3:55 p.m. EDT
Hotels handle a tremendous amount of data on a daily basis from social media, organic searches, digital media, and booking reports from brands. Collecting and analyzing the information these mediums provide can be time consuming and challenging to interpret with any reasonable predictability. Join us to gain insights into key ways that hotels can strategically manage data with greater efficiency.
In the Market
Check In the Market Today each week for a comprehensive summary and analysis of current economic and market metrics for the hospitality industry. These complimentary reports offer detailed insight on the impact of these metrics for hotel owners across the country. Stay ahead of the competition with this week’s reports.  

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Industry News
By Deanna Ting, Skift
Hyatt confirmed it formally signed a new contract with Expedia, definitively putting to rest any doubts about whether the two companies would renew their distribution agreement. Hyatt and Expedia’s rocky road to a new deal began earlier this year when Hyatt notified its hotel property owners of the possibility that their hotels may not be distributed via Expedia if the two companies were unable to reach a favorable new agreement.
By Blair Hildahl, Hotel Management
Modular design and construction is a growing trend in hospitality. Already popular in Europe, modular hotels are gaining ground in the Americas, and could become the norm in a few years. In the United States, designers, general contractors and developers have given modular construction mixed reviews due to potential complexities and lack of familiarity with its products. Hoteliers planning a new-build project need to keep these 16 questions in mind if they’re thinking about going modular.
By Danielle Hess, Hotel News Now
Much of the world has been focused on how millennials’ careers goals are much different than those of older generations, but hoteliers said that’s not the case when it comes to analytical roles within the hotel industry. The focus on millennials might be more about the sheer number of them than about their distinct needs.
Today's Hotelier: In Case You Missed It
This past June Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG) announced the launch of a new independent concept for upper-midscale-and-above hoteliers: The Trademark Hotel Collection. The collection becomes WHG’s 19th hotel brand, positioned among the company’s smart and stylish brands alongside TRYP by Wyndham and the company’s newly acquired Dazzler and Esplendor brands, which embody boutique and lifestyle travel experiences.
Do you remember in high school how jealous you felt when you got a B+ on your English test while your friend got an A-? Now that we are all (supposedly!) grown up, we can safely look back at how insignificant that one trivial grade point difference was in the grand scheme of things. Well, apparently, this lesson hasn’t been fully learned. A few of us are still using this transient comparison of others’ behavior for their online hotel review aggregates.
When the Tru by Hilton brand first launched it was touted as a revolutionary new midscale brand and a disruptor in its space. As Tru continues to grow, global head of the brand Alexandra Jaritz, says those claims are proving true.
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