Hotelier Weekly
August 2, 2018
AAHOA News
  
It's been a tough week for the hospitality industry. Yesterday, Jay Schultz, SVP Hospitality Group of Hotel Business Magazine passed away after battling complications from a long illness. Click here to read about Jay's contributions to Hotel Business and the industry. Earlier this week, Lee Dushoff of Hotel Partners passed away following a battle with cancer. In the late 1980s, Lee worked with AAHOA co-founder Mike Leven to help form AAHOA. Click here to read about Lee Dushoff and AAHOA’s history.
  
AAHOA will host two regional meetings next week: one on August 7 in Long Island, NY and on August 9 in Detroit, MI. Sarah Washburn, the membership manager for the Connecticut Lodging Association will join as a guest speaker in Long Island. In Detroit, we'll host an education session about how the new tax law is affecting you, your business, and the economy. Register for these and other upcoming regional meetings here.
  
Is it time you begin considering modular units? How will it affect your finances, product quality, and schedule? Join us in Oklahoma City on September 5 to learn all about modular construction and whether it is a good fit for your next hotel project. (Bonus: The event will be hosted at a modular-constructed hotel!) Click here to learn more and register now. Don't wait–we only have 18 seats left!
AAHOA on the Hill
  
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 our members doing great things! Chairman Hitesh (HP) Patel spoke at the Latino Hotel Association Conference, AAHOA Upper Midwest Regional Director Kalpesh Joshi hosted two regional meetings, Marriott hosted the AAHOA YP Development Day, members earned their CHIAs in Dallas, we celebrated our vendors at Top Golf, the Hotel ROI education series kicked off at the North Texas Regional Meeting, and 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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AAHOA Education
In the Market
  

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reports, “Luxury (+6.4%) was the strongest chain scale for branded hotels; Upscale was the weakest at +3.4%. Midscale (+3.9%) and Upper Midscale (+3.7%) also underperformed the overall US hotel industry average. While last week was a largely clean comp, we note that Group was quite weak in 2017 vs. 2016 with double-digit Group RevPAR declines in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, LA, Nashville, Seattle, and Tampa. Unsurprisingly, a number of these markets (among others) had double-digit positive RevPAR last week. For the month of July, we estimate that full-service branded domestic hotels (the typical Hilton, Hyatt, or Marriott hotel) will finish at approximately +2-3% (unchanged from our prior estimate). We estimate that the overall industry will finish approximately +0-1% (unchanged from our prior estimate).” 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. 
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Featured Club Blue Member
  

To mark 20 years of successful collaboration, Chase is offering a $500 statement credit to any new AAHOA member properties that sign up by October 31, 2018. As a payment processor with a dedicated lodging service department since 1997, we pledge superior service built on trust, simplicity, and security.

Featured Platinum/Silver Member
  

Special savings for AAHOA Members: - Up to 25% off ADP payroll and tax compliance services! ADP serves 585,000 clients from the smallest, to the largest businesses worldwide. Our services can help you focus on what you do best and manage your risk of tax penalties, improve your cash flow, and take advantage of available tax credits.

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Skytouch Technology
Featured Member Benefit
  

WageWatch provides free semi-annual hospitality survey reports exclusively for AAHOA members. Reports include information for positions including general manager, front desk manager, sales representatives, housekeeping, and more for all 20 AAHOA regions, aggregated by state.

Industry News
  
A mobile-only booking app that was launched in 2011 is changing the way guests book hotel rooms. The app was originally known for focusing on last-minute bookings for guests. However, Hotel Tonight offers advance booking as well as a new initiative that uses a customer's previous booking experience to pair them with a hotel that is priced at least 30 percent lower than they will find anywhere else. (Source: Quartz)
  
"We need to elevate the level of understanding and engagement, which is beneficial to our society," says CEO of Hyatt Hotels Mark Hoplamazian. In this video, Hoplamazian discusses why "care" and "hospitality" go hand-in-hand, and how being in this industry often leads to showing empathy for broader issues in society. (Source: Fortune)
  
On Sunday, legislative leaders in Massachusetts reached a decision that the 5.7 percent hotel tax will now extend to Airbnb units as well as other short-term rentals. This change can raise $25 million a year for the state. Cities and towns also have the option to add an additional tax, similarly done with hotels. (Source: Boston Globe)
 
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Today's Hotelier: In Case You Missed It

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Letter From the Chairman: Keeping your guests and your hotel safe

Feature: Top risk management and cyber challenges

Column: Small businesses are winning in 2018

Guest Experience: How to make your hotel an entertainment hub and generate more revenue

 

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