Hotelier Weekly
February 15, 2018
Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017. AAHOA President and CEO Chip Rogers released the following statement:
Today’s passage of the Americans with Disabilities Education and Reform Act strengthens this landmark civil rights law and marks extraordinary progress in expanding accessibility for citizens with disabilities. By putting an end to drive-by lawsuits filed by predatory lawyers and serial plaintiffs – whose intent is to profit rather than to improve access for the disabled – small businesses and the constituencies empowered by the ADA can work together to ensure issues of physical access are addressed in a timely manner, and corrective action is taken when warranted. This legislation upholds the spirit and intent of the ADA, and AAHOA members support this commonsense solution to promote constructive and collaborative efforts when resolving questions of compliance and accessibility.
To better serve the hotel industry, Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST) recently launched a Spanish version of its Inhospitable to Trafficking Training, which details ways workers can safely identify, intervene and report potential human trafficking activities. Visit for additional details.
Founded in 2008, and comprised of more than 10,000 hospitality, travel and tourism professionals around the globe, the Travel Industry Executive Women's Network (TIEWN) bridges connections for executive women who make significant contributions to the travel and hospitality industries. TIEWN will meet March 8 at the SLS Beverly Hills hotel to celebrate accomplishments and discuss industry-related  innovations and developments. Registration is open now, and sponsorship opportunities are also available. If LA is out of reach, make sure to join the group on LinkedIn.
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Events and Happenings

Stay Current on Issues in Your Local Area 
Town hall meetings are a great opportunity to build your professional network and to learn more about the AAHOA programs and resources available to help you strengthen every aspect of your business. Coming up soon:

Join AAHOA Southwest Regional Director Imesh Vaidya for the 2018 Southwest Phoenix Regional Meeting and Trade Show. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with other industry professionals in your area, learn about what is happening industry-wide in your region and take advantage of vendor deals you can’t get anywhere else. The meeting will take place Feb. 21 at the Phoenix Airport Marriott. Register today.
AAHOA members are encouraged to register for the legislative action days and other events hosted in partnership between AAHOA and state lodging and travel associations in their local area. Consider signing up to help educate legislators about your business.
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AAHOA Education

Upcoming Webinars – February and March 2018

  • Feb. 20 – How to Hire Hotel Salespeople
  • Feb. 21 – What You Need to Know About FLSA Joint Employment of Employees
  • Feb. 22 – Hotels and Price Gouging: What Hotel Companies Should Know
  • Feb. 27 – Your Business Structure: Now More Important Than Ever
  • Feb. 28 – White Collar Exemptions for Hotel Owners
  • March 6 – Ensuring Safety in the #MeToo Era: Creating a No Tolerance Workplace
  • March 14 – Keeping Kids Safe in the Workplace: Child Labor Rules for Employers
  • March 15 – Hotel Negotiations Made Easy from a Sales Perspective
  • March 20 – Data Breaches – Understanding the Risks
Check out the AAHOA Resource Library to view over a hundred past webinars and other educational resources.  
The following courses will be offered at the 2018 AAHOA Annual Convention & Trade Show:
  • March 27 – AAHOA Certified Hotel Owners (CHO) Program (last onsite class for 2018)
  • March 27 – Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics  (seats are going fast)
  • March 27 – Human Trafficking Awareness Training (open to non-convention attendees too)
In the Market
Overall, U.S. RevPAR was up 2.6 percent last week, down from the prior week's result of +3.6 percent. Independent hotels were up 2.9 percent compared to last year. Midscale and economy chains beat the overall U.S. hotel industry average at +3.5 percent and +4.9 percent. For more, read the full report. Also, be sure to check out the newly released Corporate Rate Negotiations report and the January 2017 RevPar report.

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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Industry News
After starting this year with the announcement in January of a $1.95 billion acquisition of La Quinta Holdings, WHG will continue to examine new opportunities for deals, whether through acquisitions or growth opportunities. (Source: Skift)
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world's leading luxury hospitality company, announced that its president and CEO, J. Allen Smith, will be leaving his position at the end of 2018 upon completing his five-year contract with the company. (Source:
A business can live on beyond an owner's involvement if there is continuous and careful planning before the entity passes hands. With an eye toward the future, estate planning also can help minimize estate taxes and equally distribute wealth. (Source: Hotel Management)
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