Hotelier Weekly
July 19, 2018

Next week, AAHOA Chairman Hitesh (HP) Patel and AAHOA Secretary Vinay Patel will participate the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers (NABHOOD) Summit in Miami. Hitesh will share his expertise on "Hotel Development & Acquisition" and present an award on July 26. Vinay will address diversity in the hospitality industry in the Lodging Magazine Roundtable and share insights about selecting the right brand and hotel financing.Click here to see the agenda and register.


On Wednesday, July 25, AAHOA Chairman Hitesh (HP) Patel will moderate the Hotel Investment 101 panel in Miami at the Latino Hotel Association Conference, with panelists from big brands including Wyndham, Hilton, Red Roof, and Choice Hotels. Florida Regional Director Bharat Patel will also share his expertise on "Buying a Hotel and Repositioning" in a panel that same afternoon. Click here to learn more about the LHA Conference.


On July 26, AAHOA Upper Midwest Regional Director Kalpesh Joshi and his Upper Midwest Regional Ambassadors will host the second of their three 2018 Regional Meetings next week in Elmhurst. Hotel owners can look forward to making deals with vendors on the trade show floor, networking with other hoteliers in their area, and receiving region-specific industry updates. Click here to learn more and register.

AAHOA on the Hill

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reduced taxes for the vast majority of Americans and has the potential to boost wages by encouraging new business investment. To illustrate the potential variances by household and geography, the Tax Foundation has launched a new interactive map that allows users to see average 2018 tax cuts in their congressional district and across the country. You can learn more about this tool here and also create a custom tax reform scenario using their 2018 Tax Reform Calculator.


The Department of Labor is repealing the Obama-era "Persuader Rule," which made it difficult for employers to access legal counsel or expert advice on labor and employment issues. The rescission is being published in the Federal Register today and will take effect 30 days from now.

America's hotel owners came out in support of a bipartisan bill, S.3172, the Restore Our Parks Act, which would address the $12 billion maintenance backlog plaguing the National Park System. "America’s hoteliers support this bill because it goes a long way to help our park system meet the high demand to see our treasured public lands," said AAHOA President and CEO Chip Rogers.

Join AAHOA and the Small Business Administration on Thursday, July 26 at noon ET for an interactive Twitter chat about "How to Attract and Retain Customers." AAHOA and the SBA will share tips and resources to help small business owners start, grow and succeed in business. Follow along with the hashtag #SBAchat.


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? Check out the AAHOA Facebook page to view photos of our members doing great things! This week, board members spoke at ALIS Summer Updates in Dallas and Atlanta, Lifetime Member Ina Patel was appointed to the New York Life Chairman's Council, Upper Midwest Regional Director Kalpesh Joshi hosted the Upper Midwest – Minneapolis Regional Meeting, Hotel Management held a roundtable featuring AAHOA Vice Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala, we held two successful North Pacific town hall meetings, and more.


Join us in Camas, WA on Monday, August 27, for AAHOA's annual Northwest Charity Golf Tournament! Now in its 15th year, the Northwest Charity Golf Tournament brings the AAHOA community together to raise funds for charity. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and make a positive impact on the lives of those in need. Registration is open for both players and sponsors. Click here to learn more.

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:


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.

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In the Market

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reports, "Midscale (+0.4%) was the "strongest" chain scale for branded hotels; Upper Upscale was the weakest at -1.5%. Upper Midscale (-0.8%) slightly underperformed the overall US hotel industry average. Day of week results reflected some of the holiday shift noise as the daily RevPAR data improved every day of the week. Sunday RevPAR was -3.1% and Monday was -1.7%; the following weekend (Friday/Saturday) averaged +0.9%." For more, read the full report.

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Industry News

The hotel industry is in the midst of one of the longest up cycles in recent decades. Buoyed by a strong economy and robust demand, the fundamentals of the industry stand on solid footing. At three of the major lodging conferences in the last year, the tone was definitely one of optimism — tempered by a touch of cautious reality. (Source: Forbes)


At high-end hotels around the world, unlisted rooms are a subtle staple with raisons d’etre as varied as the rooms themselves. Often, these types of rooms are referred to as "owner’s suites." At other properties, they’re called "partnership rooms," which means they’re only available through exclusive membership clubs that require six-figure buy-ins. (Source: Skift)


While larger chains have more customer and performance data to tap into, smaller operators have historically had a tougher time maximizing reputation, revenue and the customer experience. Artificial intelligence is changing all that. (Source: Hotel Management)

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