Hotelier Weekly
June 21, 2018
Up-and-coming hoteliers from across the country will join AAHOA Young Professional Directors Nishant (Neal) Patel and Purvi Panwala today and tomorrow in Houston for two days of networking, interactive activities, professional development, and more. After taking a guided tour of the HITEC Houston trade show floor, young professionals will gather at Lucky Strike Houston tonight to meet with other hoteliers and build relationships within the AAHOA network.
RSS 2018 once again delivers innovative content focused on the dynamic and fast-changing world of revenue strategy. Being held July 10th at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the conference will cover topics on personalization, loyalty, big data, marketing, and technology. Register today to be inspired to think differently about your strategy. AAHOA members can receive $50 off hotelier rates when using AAHOA18 at
AAHOA Treasurer Biran Patel will speak on a panel next week at the Latino Hotel Association Conference in Dallas. Entitled Hotel Investment 101, the panel will encourage participants to discuss successes with past investments and forecast future trends. North Texas Regional Director Mayur (Mike) Patel will also speak at the conference on the "Exploring Options to Acquiring, Developing, and Financing a Hotel" panel. Click here to learn more.
How do you increase your revenue when you don't have a dedicated sales team? Join our workshop in Houston next week to learn how to create an "everybody sells" mindset and take advantage of incoming inquiries. Seats are limited to the first 60 registrants, so reserve your spot today!
AAHOA on the Hill
On Tuesday, the Department of Labor posted the final rule on Association Health Plans that will expand access to affordable health coverage options for America's small businesses and their employees. Association Health Plans allow small business owners to join together by region or industry to bargain with health insurers as if they were a large single employer. These plans succeed by allowing small businesses to negotiate with providers from larger risk pools and larger economies of scale.
Businesses in California, Oregon, Minnesota, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, and the District of Columbia will see an increase in minimum wages beginning July 1. San Francisco and Emeryville, CA will have the highest minimum wages among the jurisdictions raising their minimum requirement on July 1, with both cities raising their wage floor to $15 per hour. Click here to learn more about which states and local jurisdictions will see increases.
When lawmakers understand your needs, they are more likely to make decisions that benefit you. Join us on Capitol Hill September 12-13 to tell Members of Congress how they can help your business and the hospitality industry. Click here to learn more and register.
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Events and Happenings
What did you miss this week? Check out the AAHOA Facebook page to view photos of our members doing great things! This week we covered the Gulf-Jackson Regional Meeting, Officers speaking at HITEC, Choice Hotels award winners, a new Executive Director for the Rodeway Owners Association, AAHOA members featured in Hotels Investment Outlook magazine, and more.
AAHOA has partnered with ALIS to co-host the ALIS Summer Update events in Dallas/Frisco on July 11 and Atlanta on July 12. These events will focus on timely hotel development topics and provide the opportunity to network with the hotel investment community across America. Special guest speakers include Raj Trivedi with La Quinta, Mehul Patel with NewcrestImage, Champ Patel with Champion Hotels, and so many more. Click here to learn more and register.

Join us for the regional meeting closest to you for access to top vendors, incredible networking opportunities, and region-specific industry updates you won't see anywhere else. These events are open to all hotel owners, even if you're not already a member. Plus, Lifetime Members receive a free Nike polo shirt for attending.

Town halls 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. These events are open to all hotel owners, even if you're not already a member. Coming up soon:

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AAHOA Education
AAHOA is pleased to offer a steeply discounted rate for the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) program, hosted in partnership with AHLEI, ICHRIE, and STR. The CHIA is the only hotel-related certification for industry professionals focused on analytics. See below for the upcoming programs and register now:
July 31-August 1 – Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (Dallas, TX)
August 8-9 – Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (Detroit, MI)
October 10-11 – Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (Oklahoma City, OK)
In the Market

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reports, "Overall U.S. RevPAR was +1.8% Y/Y for the week ending 6/16/2018, per STR, down than the prior week's result of 2.3%. (2-year stacked RevPAR was +3.1% vs. +3.0% in the prior week.) Independent hotels (about 1/3rd of the data set) were +1.6% y/y. Luxury (+2.6%) was the strongest chain scale for branded hotels; Upper Midscale was the weakest at +0.9%. Midscale (+1.7%) performed roughly in-line with the overall US hotel industry average." Read the full report here.

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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Featured Member Benefit

University of Houston

  • In partnership with the University of Houston Conrad Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management (UH), AAHOA provides a scholarship to students in the hospitality sector.
  • AAHOA will contribute a total of $125,000 to UH over a period of five years (2016-2021), which will be matched by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
  • To find out more about the qualifications or how to apply for the AAHOA Student Assistantship & Scholarship Endowment, please click here.
Industry News
The panelist at HITEC discuss how to leverage technology to drive hotel revenue. The panel included five experts who shared insights about how technology is creating new opportunities, as well as new challenges for individuals in the hospitality industry. "Today's technology in the hospitality space, I believe, is extremely myopic," says Ash Kapur, senior vice president of hotel asset management and chief revenue officer at Starwood Capital Group. (Source: PhocusWire)
Amazon is partnering with Marriott International and placing Echo devices in select hotel rooms. The device includes functions such as in-room concierge services, room temperature adjustment, lighting controls, and voice commands. Although guests will not have the ability to link their personal Amazon accounts to their hotel room, the wide range of features that are available remains attractive to guests. (Source: Bustle)
According to data from Lodging Econometrics, the global construction pipeline is up seven percent by hotel projects year-over-year. The pipeline currently stands at 12,714 hotel projects and the number of hotel projects that are scheduled to begin construction in the next year rose by six percent. (Source: Hotel Management)
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