Hotelier Weekly
November 8, 2018
To all our hotelier members and industry partners, AAHOA wishes you and your families a Happy Diwali! May the Diwali lights brighten your life and surround your loved ones with happiness and positivity.
Being proactive in the area of HR, recognizing and rectifying HR mistakes before they become serious problems can save you countless headaches and protect your business against costly legal claims. This workshop will be in Phoenix on November 29 and is presented by attorneys from Littler Mendelson P.C. Join the speakers for a networking reception after the workshop. Click here to see the full agenda and register.
AAHOA Chairman Hitesh (HP) Patel, President & CEO Chip Rogers, Female Director Eastern Division Nimisha Patel, Lifetime Member Chet Patel of Baywood Hotels, and Ashley Ewing Parrott of Vision Hospitality Group–will discuss the hottest brands, must-have development targets, and what it takes to get commissions during the Select Service Summit on November 11 at BDNY. Register using promo code AAHOA18 for a complimentary pass.
AAHOA President & CEO Chip Rogers, Treasurer Biran Patel, and Secretary Vinay Patel will speak at next week's HX event in New York. Chip Rogers and Jonathan Williams from ALEC will discuss small business growth resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Biran Patel will join a panel on Monday to share strategies to maximize ROI, and Vinay Patel will explore techniques for retaining top talent in the modern age. Use promo code AAHOA18 for complimentary registration.
Join us in Birmingham, AL for the last Regional Meeting of the year! Hosted by Alabama Panhandle Regional Director Nitin (Nick) Patel, this event will feature an active trade show, updates on the Alabama and Florida Panhandle markets, and an update from Strategic Tax & Accounting on how the new tax law is affecting the economy and your business. Click here to register.
AAHOA on the Hill
Although votes are still being tallied in a handful of races, as expected, Democrats won a majority of seats in the U.S. House, and Republicans held on to their majority in the Senate. In gubernatorial races across the country, Republicans notched a key victory in the hotly-contested Florida race and look poised to take the governor's mansion in Georgia. Democrats flipped seven states including Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.
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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 Treasurer Biran Patel and Secretary Vinay Patel spoke on panels at the IMN New Development & Construction Conference, AAHOA members in Texas met with Senator Ted Cruz, AAHOA South Carolina Regional Director Chetan (Chet) Patel hosted a Regional Meeting in Columbia on election day attended by Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), Mar Brettman with BEST provided Human Trafficking Awareness Training to members, 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:
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AAHOA Education
Join us at 3 PM Eastern on Monday, November 12 for a webinar that will provide insight into what steps you can take to make your website accessible to all potential customers. You may have designed your company’s website to attract all types of customers, but is it truly accessible for everyone? Click here to register now.
In the Market
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reports, “Midscale (+1.7%) was the strongest chain scale for branded hotels; Upscale was the weakest at -3.8%. Upper Midscale (-0.5%) modestly underperformed the industry average. As expected, last week's results showed the reverse impact of the y/y Halloween calendar shift (Halloween moved to a Wednesday in 2018 vs. Tuesday y/y). The one-day shift to the center of the work week likely reduced corporate travel, both transient and group, for the week (not so dissimilar to what happened with this year’s July 4 shift, though not as impactful). Unsurprisingly, the weakest results were in the corporate oriented chain scales (especially Upper Upscale and Upscale).” 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
AutoClerk has been building mission-critical Property Management System (PMS) software for the hospitality industry since 1986. Serving both independent and major hotel brands in North America, its software is robustly built to be dependable and intuitive, and interface to over 50 hospitality technology platforms, including eight central reservation systems.
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The Trump Hotel Group puts you at the heart of it all with exceptionally designed luxury hotels in iconic destinations and the most stunning views. Their personal mission is to deliver unparalleled service and experiences, so that you never have to settle for anything less than extraordinary. Come see how the Trump Hotel Group never settles.
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Featured Member Benefit
Now available to AAHOA members: Exclusive discounts and solutions from industry-leading organizations like UnitedHealthcare®, Optum® and DigiPro Media:

• Group-rated Association Health Plan for hotel member employers and various discounts on group-rated medical, dental, vision, life, disability, accident and critical illness benefit plans
• FREE Pharmacy Discount Card program saving AAHOA members, employees and their families up to 75% on all FDA-approved prescriptions
• Discounted Health Savings Account (HSA)
• Discounts on website accessibility solutions related to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Visit to learn more.

For more information, visit or contact Kimberlee Vandervoorn at

Industry News
Denihan Hospitality is introducing locals to the art of hospitality through The James Connection, a workforce development program at the soon-to-be-built The James Washington D.C. Throughout the company's 55-year history, the team members at Denihan have prided themselves on being good stewards for the neighborhood where the company's properties are located. (Source: Hotel Business)
What is a restaurant owner to do when there aren’t enough cooks in the kitchen (and haven’t been for years)? The Maine Department of Labor (DOL) and trade group HospitalityMaine think they have the answer, or at least part of it: apprenticeships. Apprentices are required to be enrolled in coursework related to their job in hospitality, such as culinary arts or tourism management. Certain classes will count toward the apprenticeship certificate. (Source: The Ellsworth American)
Growth in U.S. domestic travel is leveling off after displaying months of robust growth, according to a survey by the U.S. Travel Association. In addition, U.S. Travel said that the international market will not expand any further in the next six months. (Source: Travel Weekly)
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