Hotelier Weekly
August 23, 2018
Last week, Knights Inn–one of RLH Corporation's brands–announced the newest members of their advisory board. AAHOA Gulf Regional Director Girish (Gary) Patel, South Central Texas Ambassador Nancy (Nayana) Patel, and members Amish Patel and Anand Patel joined the board for the 2018-2020 term.
The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management recently recognized the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alamosa for their assistance during the Spring fire in Colorado this summer. Owned by AAHOA Lifetime Member Sunni Tolani, the property offered emergency management and public safety officials lodging during their time of need.
AAHOA will host two regional meetings next week: one on August 28 in Portland, OR and the other on August 30 in Salt Lake City, UT. In Portland, we'll host an education session about the new tax law and a Charity Golf Tournament the day before the meeting to benefit 3 deserving charities. Jordan Garn, Executive Director of the Utah Hotel & Lodging Association, will be our guest speaker in Salt Lake City. Register for these and other upcoming regional meetings here.
AAHOA on the Hill
On Tuesday, AAHOA hosted a back of the house tour for Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) at a Staybridge Suites in Oklahoma City. After the tour, the Congressman met with AAHOA members, gave an update on his work in Washington, D.C., and fielded questions on several topics.
Don't miss your chance to meet face to face with your representatives in Washington. AAHOA's Advocacy Team is scheduling meetings now for the 2018 Legislative Action Summit, September 12-13 in Washington, D.C. The earlier you sign up, the easier it will be to schedule meetings with your senators and representatives. Sign up today!
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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! AAHOA Vice Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala was invited to speak at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Building Summit, South Central Texas Regional Director Sawan Patel hosted a Young Professionals Town Hall meeting in Houston, AAHOA Mid South Regional Director Sunil Patel held his first 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.

August 28 - Northwest Regional Meeting - Portland, OR
August 30 - Southwest - Salt Lake City Regional Meeting - Salt Lake City, UT
September 6 - Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting - Cherry Hill, NJ
September 11 - Washington D.C. Area Regional Meeting - Baltimore, MD

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In the Market

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reports, “Economy (+5.6%) was the strongest chain scale for branded hotels; Upscale and Upper Midscale were the weakest at +3.5%. Midscale (+5.4%) outperformed the overall US hotel industry average. Last week was a relatively clean comp with summer leisure travel being a larger portion of overall demand. Independent hotels (+6.2%) outperformed the national average by 110 bps. Both Transient and Group were relatively strong last week.” For more, read the full report.

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Industry News
According to Travelport's "U.S. Business Traveler & Travel Policy 2018" survey, four out of five people like to travel for work. A new research study reveals insight into what business travelers want from their hotel stay experience. As the workforce continues to evolve, hoteliers need to be aware of what this niche group of travelers expects and how to capitalize from it. (Source: Hotel Management)
Direct bookings have a significant impact on a property’s financial performance but leave hoteliers waging an uphill battle to profitability every single day, no matter the season, the type of hotel, or its location. To ensure success in a marketplace, hotels must think outside-of-the-box in regards to revenue management strategies to make properties stand out from the competition—especially online. (Source: Lodging)
A new analysis released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Energy Institute (GEI) found that electricity customers across the United States will save billions as a result of the recently enacted “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017,” while the broader economy will create tens of thousands of jobs and see billions more in economic activity. (Source: Global Energy Institute)
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