Hotelier Weekly
November 9, 2017
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives took a giant step toward overturning the misguided joint-employer law by passing H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. A big thank you to the more than 1,100 AAHOA members who joined AAHOA President and CEO Chip Rogers in urging support for H.R. 3441 in the days leading up to the vote.

We sent more than 7,500 letters, made countless phone calls, hosted hundreds of meetings, saw three of our own members testify on behalf of the industry, and the House responded. Tuesday's passage of the bill is a true testament to the strength of the association’s collective voice in defending hoteliers' interests in Washington D.C. and around the nation.

For more than two years, the National Labor Relations Board’s new definition has created uncertainty for franchisees and small business owners. With this legislation, Congress is working hard to rein in the arbitrary standard. If enacted, the new law would reinstate the commonsense definition of the joint-employer standard, giving AAHOA members the peace of mind they need to focus on expanding and growing their businesses.  

Our work in the House, however, is not yet complete. Many congressmen stood with AAHOA and our small business partners and we must thank them for their courage in taking a difficult vote. Please take a moment today to send this letter to these true leaders and champions for our industry. 

And while the House vote is indeed a significant milestone in this fight, we must now shift our focus to advancing this effort in the Senate. The momentum is on our side. Tell your senators to support overturning the joint employer standard today.

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AAHOA in the News
The joint-employer fight has shifted arenas. The focus now is pushing the Senate to take up their own version of the legislation. On Tuesday, AAHOA urged senators to introduce legislation and will work with Senate leadership to encourage swift action. We need your help. Call your senator’s office or send a letter requesting their support. Let's keep the pressure on; it makes a difference. 
The 2017 Fall National Advocacy Conference, held in Washington D.C. two weeks ago, turned out to be a great success on many fronts. AAHOA has already seen significant change on Capitol Hill as a result of tireless member efforts to bring the hospitality industry concerns and issues to the forefront. View images from the event on the official AAHOA Facebook page, and be sure to follow AAHOA on Facebook and Twitter for real time updates and event coverage.
Events and Happenings
Vinaykumar "Vinay" Patel, Washington D.C. area regional director, will host AAHOA’s last regional meeting of the year on Nov. 14 at the Waterford Reception Center in Springfield, Va. Expect more than 60 hotel and hospitality vendors, an excellent opportunity to network, and two quick-fire, info-packed education sessions. Register today. As a special incentive, lifetime members who attend will receive a free Nike golf shirt.
Next week, Nov. 12-13, New York City will host one of the nation’s largest hospitality trade shows. With over 400 exhibitors specifically focused on products and services that enhance the guest experience, hospitality industry professionals can expect to learn quite a bit about what’s trending from the front of the house to the back. AAHOA Chairman Bhavesh Patel will be at the event, speaking on the Deep Dive into Hotel Brand Strategy panel Nov. 12 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Register today at Complimentary registration is available for AAHOA members using promo code AAHOA2017.  
Co-located with HX: The Hotel Experience at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, Boutique Design New York (BDNY), a trade fair and conference fully focused on hospitality design will delight and interest all hotel owners in learning more about the products that can give guests that "wow" experience. AAHOA President & CEO Chip Rogers will moderate a panel (Your Next Big Opportunity: Select Service), on which AAHOA Treasurer Jagruti Panwala and AAHOA members Binita Patel, Chet Patel and Timesh Patel will offer their thoughts and opinions on the present status and future of design for select-service hotels.  
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
In a special, exclusive interview, AAHOA Chairman Bhavesh Patel will go one-on-one with hospitality legend Harry Rosen at the upcoming Financing for Your Hotel workshop. Rosen, founder and president of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, is expected to talk about his career and how he has found success through the years. In addition to this unique presentation, the two-day, intensive workshop will give attendees hands-on guidance aimed at helping them 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 will take place Nov. 29-30 at the Rosen Centre in Orlando. Seating is limited to the first 100 registrants so make sure to save your spot today.
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, 1:00-1:25 p.m. EDT
Guest satisfaction is critical to every successful hotel. Failing to meet guest expectations, resolving the issue and regaining their approval can leave a lasting memory. How do you ensure your staff is prepared? The most important step is having employees who are well-trained and able to spot and correct service failures. This webinar will provide proven practices to address different situations and identify opportunities to build and maintain guest loyalty.
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, 2:30-2:55 p.m. EDT
As your business evolves, so does your staff. Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements are one of the most important things you can do to safeguard the value of your investment in employee training and market development. Because laws vary state to state, this webinar will ensure your agreements comply with current restrictions and protect your proprietary information from competitor interference. 
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 1:00-1:25 p.m. EDT
Everyone knows you can hurt yourself in the gym without a proper warm up. In this webinar, we invite you to begin your insurance workout with a warm up. We'll introduce you to the basics of insurance to help you discover whether you have the insurance you need.
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 2:30-2:55 p.m. EDT
Learn what red flags to look for with lenders during your financing search, and how to successfully overcome obstacles before you start, and mid-transaction.
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, 1:00-1:25 p.m. EDT
Revenue management is constantly evolving, driven by emergence of new technologies, changes in the distribution landscape, and shifts in traveler needs and preferences. Do you find it hard to keep up? Learn about five current trends and how they impact revenue management strategies and tactics. Walk away with practical tips on how to leverage these new developments at your properties.
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 2:30-2:55 p.m. EDT
Join us for a closer look at the world of commercial mortgage backed securities and other alternative non-recourse financing as we explain the long-term borrower benefits and address common myths and misconceptions.

In the Market
U.S. RevPAR was -0.4% year-over-year for the week ending 11/4/17, per STR. This is down from the prior week's result of +6.7%. Economy (+3.3%) was the strongest chain scale. Independent hotels (-0.3%) performed in line with the industry average. Within upper upscale and luxury class hotels, group (-8.3% vs. +5.2% prior week) was softer than transient (-0.5% vs. +3.9% prior week). The shift of Halloween from Tuesday to Monday was the primary cause of last week's results. Tailwinds continued in most hurricane-affected markets. Houston RevPAR was +40.4%, Miami was +7.9%, Orlando was -3.1% and Tampa was +4.3%. Read the full report on the most current RevPAR stats. For a more complete market perspective, check out the October 2017 Lodging RevPAR Monitor, or the Calendar Shift RevPAR Roadmap, which provides a close look at how the holiday and calendar shifts will impact weekly STR results.  

AAHOA partners with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH) to provide access to comprehensive analysis of current economic and market metrics for the hospitality industry. 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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