Hotelier Weekly
October 12, 2017
Interested in learning more about the latest hospitality trends and innovations? Look no further. For two days in November, New York City will host the nation’s largest hospitality trade show featuring 400 exhibitors specifically focused on products and services that enhance the guest experience. Hotel owners, general managers, hospitality property executives, independent and branded hotels, management and purchasing companies, military base lodging and other industry professionals can expect to learn about what’s new and happening from the front of the house to the back. The event, being held Nov. 12-13, is presented by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association and managed by Hospitality Media Group (HMG). HX is co-located with Boutique Design New York (BDNY). Register today at thehotelexperience.comComplimentary registration is available for AAHOA members using promo code AAHOA2017.
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. The event will be held Nov. 29-30 at the Rosen Centre in Orlando. 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. Seating for this incredibly valuable opportunity is limited to the first 100 registrants, so make sure to save your spot today
SVN Hotels
BDK America
AAHOA in the News
Recently, in St. Landry Parish, La., a proposed 1-cent sales and occupancy tax ordinance for hotels and motels failed. AAHOA sent a letter to members of the St. Landry Parish Council expressing concern over the proposed tax increase. After commission members met with members of the hotel community, Buddy Helton, commission chairman for the Central St. Landry Economic District, asked the council to withdraw the ordinance. Read more on this issue.
Events and Happenings
There is still time to register for the free Southeast Texas Regional Conference & Trade Show, which will be held at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston on Oct. 18. Expect more than 100 hotel and hospitality vendors, an excellent opportunity to network, wine and dine, and two quick-fire, info-packed education sessions. As a special incentive, lifetime members who attend will receive a free Nike golf shirt. 
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
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 2:30-2:55 p.m. EDT
Is your newly-constructed hotel ready to be refinanced? This webinar will help you understand how to use a non-recourse bridge loan to free up your borrowing power, while giving your hotel time to ramp up. 
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, 1:00-1:25 p.m. EDT
If you are thinking about renovating and/or rebranding your hotel, or you are already in the process of doing so, this webinar can help you best determine how to leverage the right financing tools to position your property for ongoing success.
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, 2:00-2:25 p.m. EDT
The process of bringing an employee on and eventually letting them go is fraught with opportunity for litigation. Protect yourself by identifying common mistakes in the hiring process and knowing how to handle employee misconduct and eventual termination. Establishing proper procedures could mean the difference between preventing a lawsuit and receiving a verdict that puts you out of business. 
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, 3:30-3:55 p.m. EDT
In anticipation of AAHOA’s Fall National Advocacy Conference on Oct. 24/25, Jordan Heiliczer, director of government affairs for AAHOA, will discuss the Capitol Hill topics most important to the hospitality industry, including labor, tax reform and predatory lawsuits. This webinar will provide an overview of the FNAC materials and tips for effective Capitol Hill meetings. 
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 1:00-1:25 p.m. EDT
Learn the difference between available strategies and the reasons behind them when it comes to pre-paying your commercial loan.
In the Market
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Industry News
Hotel News Now
It is now possible for hotels to communicate with guests using smartphones and mobile apps, which has led to some new ideas about how in-room phones should be used. As hotel companies continue to improve their mobile and online communications capabilities with guests, in-room phones are being reduced to a safety feature, to be used in cases of emergency.
For the ninth year in a row since 2009, U.S. hotels are expected to collect a record amount of total fees and surcharges from guests. We know why hotels are collecting more fees, but the types of fees and surcharges they’re collecting seem to be changing in interesting ways. More stringent cancellation fees are a trend while totals for Internet-access fees declined.
Hotel News Now
When a management company takes over a contract to manage a hotel, one of its biggest challenges is how to handle the hotel’s existing employees. Due diligence, face-to-face introductions and meetings, and no sudden changes can help keep hotel employees calm when there’s a new management company taking over. 
DIRECTV Hospitality / AT&T Business Solutions
Today's Hotelier: In Case You Missed It
The election of President Donald Trump in November 2016 paved the way for an uncertain landscape for businesses in the United States. In a few short months, the new administration has already modified or revoked policies that have been in place for years, introducing significant volatility to the U.S. economy. This has heightened the risk associated with establishing and expanding businesses in the United States.
Imagine: It’s late one night. Let’s actually call it really early in the morning. Ms. Loyalty arrives to check in for the night. Things have obviously not gone as planned for her, as evidenced by an extremely late arrival and the rushed tone, as she gives her name to check-in. John, your new employee, two days removed from training, is at the ready. He’s bright eyed, despite the lateness of the hour and eagerly begins the check-in procedure he has practiced many times.
Extended-stay hotels used to be considered a suburban staple, but in recent years, it’s been making moves into urban and ‘surban’ locations. What factors have made these markets so ripe for extended stay? Traditionally, extended-stay hotels have been popular in the suburban market, but cities are becoming hot spots for this type of hotel as guests seek out budget-friendly options in metropolitan areas. Today’s Hotelier recently talked with Adrian Kurre, global head of Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton, about the rise of urban and "surban" extended-stay properties throughout the United States.
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