#AAHOACON18 kicked off in Washington, D.C., at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on Tuesday. This year's event has drawn more than 6,000 hotel industry professionals and exhibitors from across the country. Several top hotel industry executives graced the main stage yesterday, including Eric Danzinger (Trump Hotels), Keith Cline (LaQuinta Inns & Suites), John Kidd (Radisson Hospitality, Inc.), Mark Hoplamazian (Hyatt Hotels Corporation), Pat Pacious (Choice Hotels International) and Ryan Rivett (MyPlace Hotels of America). American football coach and sports broadcaster Jimmy Johnson gave a poignant keynote address about leadership and what it takes to build and maintain a solid team. Earlier today, several more CEOs shared words of wisdom with attendees, and offered insight on ways to improve business, develop relationships and stay ahead of the competition. A bustling trade show floor featuring more than 400 exhibitors has proven to be an excellent place for members to find and cultivate new business relationships. Many attendees have also taken advantage of the highly topical education sessions available this year, including tips on survey management, online reviews, human trafficking awareness training, how to use big data to boost business, and more. To see pictures and read more about what's happening onsite, check out AAHOA on Facebook or Twitter. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego next year!
Town hall and regional 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:
A charity golf tournament will be held on May 31 in
conjunction with the Southwest Albuquerque Regional Meeting. Proceeds from the
event will go to support pediatric cancer research and the Roadrunner Food Bank
of New Mexico.
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.
Hotel owners of Radisson and Wyndham properties are invited to participate in
their upcoming annual conferences, April 2-3, and April 9-10, respectively. The
conferences cover topics like revenue generation, customer experience,
leadership and hotel technology, and provide owners an opportunity to network
with and learn from industry peers and experts. A certification program in
hospitality management is being offered at Wyndham's conference, but space is
limited. The first 50 people who register for both the conference and the
training will receive a $500 credit on their May 2018 franchise account
Upcoming Webinars – April 2018
- April 11 – State of the U.S. Lodging Industry
- April 17 – Estate Planning Done Right: Know Your Options and Reduce Risks
- April 18 – Pests of Public Health Importance
- April 19 – Modular Construction: Is it Right for You?
- April 24 – 2018 Spring National Advocacy Conference
- April 25 – Marketing Your Hotel: Key Metrics to Boost Brand Visibility and Increase ROI
- April 26 – How Will Voice Search Impact Hotel Marketing?
Check out the AAHOA Resource Library
to view over a hundred past webinars and other educational resources.
The following courses will be offered this year:
Overall U.S. RevPAR was up 5.4 percent year over year for the week ending 3/24/2018, per STR. Independent hotels came in at 4.6 percent, while upper midscale and midscale performed just slightly under the overall U.S. hotel industry average at 5.1 percent. D.C. was the strongest of the top five markets at 6.8 percent, followed by Boston (-4.0 percent), Chicago (-0.2 percent), Los Angeles (-7.4 percent), and New York City (+5.3 percent). San Francisco and Dallas also fared well. For more, read the full report
. Also, be sure to check out the Corporate Rate Negotiations
report, the January 2017 RevPar
report, the Calendar Shift RevPar Roadmap
and the Margin Monitor
The Calendar Shift RevPar Roadmap takes a deep dive into how RevPAR is
estimated to be impacted by the changing dates of various holidays. The
Margin Monitor focuses on hotel profitability trends and specifically
for U.S. changes in labor costs.
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.
- 10 percent discount for AAHOA members
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Hotel owners and developers are focusing on gearing their properties to not only attract guests, but protect the environment as well. Trends such as solar panels and recycled wood are becoming more popular, find out the latest trends in this interview with Edenburg Hospitality. (Source: Commercial Property Executive)
"I'm excited to share with you today a new version of what a Marriott hotel brand can do and what it can be. This is not your grandpa's hotel," says Chris Harrison, the general manger of the Marriott Irvine Spectrum. (Source: Travel Weekly)
Hotel owners are going the extra mile to ensure guests are connected and entertained. Whether your guest loves technology, movies, or music, there is something for everyone. (Source: Wall Street Journal)