Hotelier Weekly
September 28, 2017
AAHOA has long believed the value of building strong relationships and promoting political and civic engagement among its member ranks. Every month the association invites a select group of members to Washington, D.C., to meet and speak with congressional leaders about specific issues and concerns affecting the hotel and hospitality industry. 

To maintain that momentum, AAHOA will host the 2017 Fall National Advocacy Conference Oct. 24-25 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington — an expanded opportunity for anyone in the hospitality industry to meet with elected officials and participate in the public policy process. 

AAHOA members have intimate knowledge about the issues facing the hospitality industry; those eyes and ears on the ground give the association the support it needs to most effectively represent the industry on Capitol Hill. These meetings are a critical part of AAHOA’s mission to attain legislative successes on behalf of hoteliers nationwide. But this requires member involvement, because nothing is more effective in urging legislators to support an organization’s priorities than informed constituents. Stand with AAHOA by registering for this event today
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AAHOA in the News
AAHOA President and CEO Chip Rogers applauded the Senate’s confirmation earlier this week of William Emanuel to serve as the fifth member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), a federal panel charged with overseeing labor disputes. The NLRB, under previous members, issued the 2015 decision to significantly expand the joint employer standard. Since the decision, AAHOA has worked to reverse it via legislation. 
Lawmakers and the White House announced the much-anticipated legislation on Wednesday. It includes major changes to small business taxes: a new income tax bracket for pass-through businesses, at a rate of 25 percent. A cut to the corporate tax rate, simplification of the complex loopholes and consolidation of individual tax brackets from seven to three were also included.  
Events and Happenings
There is still time to pre-register for both the free South Central Texas and Mid South Regionals. The South Central Texas Regional Conference & Trade Show will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Oct. 3. Expect more than 90 hotel and hospitality vendors, an excellent opportunity to network, and two quick-fire, info-packed education sessions. The Mid South Regional Conference & Trade Show will feature more than 75 hotel and hospitality vendors and two exciting education sessions: one on how to make money in the hotel business and another on human resources best practices. This regional will be held Oct. 5 at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. As a special incentive, lifetime members who attend either regional conference will receive a free Nike golf shirt. Dinner will be served; register today!
Members who have an interest in boutique hotels and the nitty gritty details that come along with that niche sect of the industry will have an opportunity to take a deep dive at the upcoming Stay Boutique Leadership Conference being held in Los Angeles Oct. 3-5. The conference is aimed at "creative, forward-thinking and innovative people who believe in the power that boutique holds," but also boutique hotel owners, investors, developers, designers, manufacturers and influential hospitality thought-leaders. It also caters to those who are interested in expanding their business into the boutique hotel world.  
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
This fall AAHOA will host a two-day, intensive workshop designed to guide, assist and prepare hoteliers in their efforts to find and obtain financing for their hotel projects. Expert speakers will provide an in-depth look at the different types of financing available, how to build a financial profile and best practices on seeking out an approval. The event is slated to take place Nov. 29-30 in Orlando at the Rosen Centre. Seating is limited to the first 100 registrants. Save your spot today
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 1:00-1:25 p.m. EDT
Ever wonder how lenders calculate risk? This webinar offers an insider view of how lenders determine who can borrow and how much. 

In the Market
AAHOA partners with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH) to provide members-only access to comprehensive 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.  

This report provides a close look at how the holiday and calendar shifts will impact weekly STR results.

Statistical Analysis of Asset Values, Labor Costs and 2018 RevPar by CBRE Hotels' Americas Research

STRH is a leading, full-service corporate and investment bank dedicated to helping its customers successfully manage and grow their companies through a comprehensive range of strategic advisory, capital raising, risk management, financing and investment solutions.

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Industry News
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Without the right procedures and training tools in place, hoteliers risk hurting the guest relationship with poor employee knowledge and communication. Many inefficiencies in training come from new technology, so a lot of hoteliers rely on technology companies to assist with that new tech guidance. Do tech companies offer the employee training hotels need?
Looking to attract travel-minded millennials, Hilton Worldwide is going smaller, cheaper and more local with what it's calling a "hostel on steroids," CEO Christopher Nassetta said. He added that "The idea is to have super efficient spaces that are crazy flexible." 
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Today's Hotelier: In Case You Missed It
The world is getting smaller. As travel times between major cities get shorter with developments of airplanes and high-speed trains, international travel is becoming more frequent. At any step of the journey, the need for connectivity is transforming the way hotels work and how they accept and cater to guests. Brand loyalty programs, mobile check-in, VR experiences, and even robots are some of the features that are entering hotels. 
V.K. Chawla was an owner of a convenience store when in 1985 he had a dream to open a hotel in Greenwood, Miss. That dream would not come easy, however, and the journey was one that would have Chawla cross paths with Donald Trump – an encounter that nearly 30 years later would see itself come full circle.
Being organized is the key to being successful in all areas of life. For a hotel front desk team, organization is critical to ensure staff and guest satisfaction. It will not only have an immediate and visible impact on your team morale and guest satisfaction scores, but it will also assist in keeping the entire property running smoothly. Take a moment to review these steps to improve front office organization.
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