Hotelier Weekly
May 3, 2018
AAHOA is committed to promoting awareness of human trafficking by educating hoteliers on how to spot and report any suspicious activity. We have partnered with Polaris to offer FREE Human Trafficking Awareness Training exclusively for AAHOA members and their staffs. Those who complete the training will earn a certificate, which may satisfy state and/or local training requirements. Click here to learn more and enroll.
This afternoon, AAHOA members who are attending the Choice Hotels Annual Conference in Las Vegas will meet with AAHOA Officers and Choice Hotels brand executives. Attendees will hear the latest brand updates and learn more about AAHOA's partnership with Choice Hotels.
The 2018 AAHOA Southwest Charity Golf Tournament will take place in Albuquerque, NM on May 31, 2018. This year, proceeds will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. Click here to register as a player or as a sponsor.
Yesterday, AAHOA Chairman Hitesh (HP) Patel participated in a roundtable discussion at the Department of Homeland Security about raising awareness of and preventing human trafficking. The roundtable, hosted by House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), also included representatives from the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign and Polaris.
SVN Hotels
BDK America
Events and Happenings
Red Roof's annual event will examine the business skills required and tools available to successfully meet today's increasingly competitive and complex business challenges. AAHOA Chairman Hitesh (HP) Patel, Female Director Eastern Division Lina Patel, and Female Director Western Division Nimisha Patel will participate on panels throughout the event. Click here to learn more.
AAHOA Chairman Hitesh (HP) Patel and Vice Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala both spoke at HD Expo today in Las Vegas. Hitesh participated in the Owners' Roundtable–HD Expo's signature event–and shared upcoming developments, company initiatives, and his outlook on the industry. Jagruti spoke on "The Future is Female: When Women Lead" panel, where she and other top female leaders in the industry discussed their career beginnings, their defining work, and how they are mentoring and advising the next generation of industry leaders.
DIRECTV Hospitality / AT&T Business Solutions an Intersign Company
AAHOA Education
In anticipation of next week's Spring National Advocacy Conference, AAHOA has developed a webinar providing you with everything you need to know for the event, including tips for effective Capitol Hill meetings. The webinar discusses the topics most important to the hospitality industry including labor, predatory lawsuits, and human trafficking prevention. Click here to watch on-demand.
Hoteliers from across the country will gather in Carrollton, TX on May 17 to meet with Motel 6/Studio 6 executives. Attendees will hear from G6 Hospitality on the history of the brand, development, architecture, design and construction, brand management, the future of the company, and more.The event is limited to the first 60 registrants. Click here to learn more and register.
The HTL program is a summer bootcamp in Washington, D.C. with topics in hotel operations, real estate, and legal issues with networking and career opportunities. HTL is now taking registrations for 2018 (June 11 to 22). Paid internships are available for top students. Scholarships are available. Meet leading attorneys from Big Law and in-house counsel, plus executives from Marriott, Hilton, Choice. Plus, participate in a back-of-house tour of the MGM Casino and other events. Click here to register.
Upcoming Webinars – May 2018
May 10 – Tweet All You Want, But Don't Be a Twit: Social Media Risks and Best Practices
May 24 – Effective Sales Questions: The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How
May 30 – Lessons Learned in Valuing, Marketing, and Selling Your Hotel
Check out the AAHOA HOTEL OWNERS ACADEMYTM to view over a hundred past webinars and other educational resources.
In the Market
As SunTrust Robinson Humphrey wrote, "last week was a very tough comp for Upper Upscale and Group. Upper Upscale was +10.8% and Group was +23.8% in the comparable week last year. We believe the tough comp was from Easter being on the 16th last year and that business travel for the week was pushed to the week of the 23rd (the comparable week of data)." For more, read the full 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.
Ferguson Enterprises
Clean Brands LLC
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Industry News
Hoteliers have been keeping a close eye on Airbnb. The head of strategy at Fred & Farid shares insights on the simple and obvious solution for competing with Airbnb. (Source: Skift)
Social media sites have become an excellent platform for digital marketing, and highlights some of the most photogenic and instagrammable hotels in the world. (Source: Luxury Launches)
As travel and tourism continues to grow, the hospitality industry has become a large target for scams and frauds. New research studies found that 4,700 travelers were affected by fraud, and it is now costing travel intermediaries $21 billion a year. (Source: tnooz)
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