Hotelier Weekly
October 19, 2017
Georgetown University Law Center will host its sixth annual Hotel and Lodging Legal Summit on Oct. 26-27 in Washington, D.C. The conference typically features panels of top legal industry professionals who explore current legal challenges confronting owners, developers, managers, franchisors and servicers of hotels and lodging facilities. AAHOA Chairman Bhavesh Patel, this year, will serve on a panel focused on hot button legal issues affecting hotel owners. Participants will also have the opportunity to listen and learn about other topics including the state of the domestic and international hotel and lodging industry from a legal perspective, the potential impact of the current administration on labor law issues and cybersecurity, and best practices mitigating risk from shifting immigration policies.
AAHOA President and CEO Chip Rogers will speak at the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA) 2017 Fall Meeting Oct. 27 in New Orleans about public policy issues facing the lodging industry. AHIA is a group of attorneys from across the nation who represent clients engaged in the hotel, restaurant, hospitality, travel, meeting, convention, tourism and related industries. They are committed to promoting professionalism and education and improved communication to create a network of competent, experienced attorneys to improve legal services for our clients in the Industries.
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AAHOA in the News
On Oct. 24-25, hundreds of AAHOA members will storm the halls of congress during the association’s Fall National Advocacy Conference. This event gives hospitality industry professionals the opportunity to meet face-to-face with lawmakers and decision makers in our nation’s capital to discuss the legislative and regulatory concerns affecting the hospitality industry. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. Register today!
A proposal to raise Pennsylvania's hotel tax by 5 percent failed to gain traction in the House. AAHOA partnered with the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association to defeat the proposal. Read more.
Several members met with Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) yesterday for a roundtable discussion on top priorities including tax reform and the joint employer standard. Roe is supportive of H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. If enacted, the law would allow AAHOA’s small business owners to refocus on creating jobs and spurring economic development throughout the country. For AAHOA members, reinstating a clear definition of the joint employer standard is vital, and Congressman Roe’s patronage is appreciated.   
Events and Happenings
Recently completed the Certified Hotel Owners (CHO) program online and need to take the exam, or just realized you’re up for recertification? Well, AAHOA has you covered. The association has partnered with three brands to offer a CHO Review & Exam at their upcoming annual conferences.
Register for one of these today:
Join us for this upcoming town hall meeting for AAHOA updates, a short education session and industry info that every hotelier needs to know.

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AAHOA Education
AAHOA recently launched a new resource for soon-to-be high school and college graduates who are leaning toward hospitality as a career path. A comprehensive listing of internships, management training programs and career sites is now available at   
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
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.
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 3:30-3:55 p.m. EDT
It may seem like the big chains have the advantage, but there are plenty of things smaller, independent hotels can do to level the playing field and establish a successful customer loyalty program. This webinar will provide proven tips on how to attract new guests, drive direct bookings and encourage guest retention. 
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, 2:30-3:15 p.m. EDT
Keeping your guests safe is critical to the success of your hotel. Join our webinar to understand your legal obligations and learn best practices to protect your business and ensure a safe environment for your guests at all times.
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, 3:30-3:55 p.m. EDT
Outdoor potty zones? Room service for Fido? Ain’t no bones about it, more and more guests these days are traveling with their four-legged companions, which means pet-friendly lodging is in high demand. If you’re thinking about converting your hotel to cater to your guests’ furry friends, don’t miss out on these best practices for welcoming and accommodating pets in your hotel. 
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, 2:00-2:25 p.m. EDT
Since the American Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990, the tide of ADA accessibility suits has only risen. Twenty-seven years later and businesses are still confronting challenging lawsuits attacking their facilities’ accessibility to people with disabilities. Protecting your business and identifying high-risk areas is essential to keeping litigation from landing on your doorstep. 

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.

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
Hotel News Now
A new form of financing that places an assessment on a hotel’s property tax bill, CPACE lending, opens up options for hotel owners looking to make energy-efficient improvements to their properties. Traditionally, owners seeking to make environmentally friendly and sustainable improvements to their hotels have had to take out a bank loan or raise the capital themselves. Now there is another option as commercial property assessed clean energy, or CPACE, lending is gaining popularity among hoteliers. 
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Considering all of the many components of a positive guest experience during even just a 24-hour stay, and how many guests are in a hotel on any given night, it shouldn't be surprising to any hotelier that at some point during a shift every colleague is likely to encounter complaints. Surely we can and should do all that is possible to prevent shortcomings, but it is also essential to train everyone how to respond in such a way as to not only fix what is broken, but also to show compassion for the guests’ inconveniences.  
Hotel Management
Balancing priorities such as guest satisfaction with costs is constantly top-of-mind in the hospitality industry. Whether you are responsible for the overall purchasing strategy of a large multiunit organization or the day-to-day buying decisions of a restaurant, you can constantly challenge yourself to do more to lower costs and increase your bottom line while still providing quality products to your guests.
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Today's Hotelier: In Case You Missed It
For many Americans, back to school means back to worrying about college debt. In 1980, the inflation-adjusted average cost for one year of tuition and fees at a public four-year in-state university was $2,340. Since then, expectations surrounding college attendance and increasing government intrusion in the education market has caused the cost of higher education to skyrocket. 
The numbers can be a bit mind boggling. It’s well known millennials are oriented toward buying experiences versus stuff. But it turns out this attitude isn’t unique to the United States. China’s burgeoning middle class is showing the same sensibility, which presents huge possibilities – and new challenges – for the travel industry.
Global is a big word, and now that I have your attention, I want to define global in a hotel setting. Global refers to all sources of revenue and its corresponding profit picture: A global perspective on revenue management that yields the highest possible profit because we understand and apply a BIGGER view to our business.
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