Hotelier Weekly
June 28, 2018
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
The 10th anniversary of the Hotel Data Conference will feature more than 900 minutes of data focused on forecast, revenue management, distribution, mergers, alternative accommodations, CapEx, and more. Secretary Vinay Patel and former board member Vipul Dayal will serve as panelists on the topics of tech trends and legalized marijuana, respectively. There is still time to register at
AAHOA on the Hill
On Wednesday, AAHOA President & CEO Chip Rogers met with lawmakers about the importance of travel and tourism to the American economy. The meetings were part of a broader effort to educate lawmakers by the Visit U.S. Coalition, a broad cross-section of industries that have come together to address the decline in international travelers to the U.S. that began in 2015. The coalition launched a new video featuring Chip Rogers and several hotel and travel industry CEOs discussing how tourism is a key driver of the American economy.
In recent news, President Trump signed the Small Business 7(a) Lending Oversight Reform Act into law. The bipartisan bill, which passed the House and Senate unanimously, preserves the valuable 7(a) loan program, updates the credit elsewhere test, increases oversight of the program and transparency to Congress, and provides greater flexibility for the Administrator to increase the program’s authorization cap in an emergency. Click here for more info.
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 Young Professional Hoteliers Conference, Treasurer Biran Patel's speech at the Latino Hotel Conference, Mastering Sales Essentials, 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 AAHOA President & CEO Chip Rogers, 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

As SunTrust Robinson Humphrey wrote, "Luxury (+5.1%) was the strongest chain scale for branded hotels; Midscale was the weakest at +1.6%. Upper Midscale (+1.7%) also underperformed the overall U.S. hotel industry average. The strongest days of the week were once again likely driven by mid-week Corporate (Monday-Thursday RevPAR averaging ~ +3.5%), likely reflective of a continued small uptick in business travel for both individual and group business." 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

AAHOA partners with the University of Houston to offer student scholarships.

  • 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
"What I'm after is a sense of going into a room designed for a disabled person and saying, 'Wow, isn't this fabulous?' And that's not a call I've heard very often," says Robin Sheppard the co-founder of the Bespoke Hotel group. (Source: CNN)
Booking websites such as Expedia and were scrutinized for pressuring customers to book sooner rather than later. These unfair booking strategies are now being analyzed and booking websites have been told to stop "one room left" warnings. (Source: The Telegraph)
"The hotel will provide a living and breathing showcase of our new vision for the Sheraton brand, underscoring our commitment to restore the brand to its leadership position," said Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International. (Source: Hotel News Resource, Image courtesy of Sheraton Phoenix)
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