Hotelier Weekly
December 6, 2018
AAHOA Chairman Hitesh (HP) Patel will speak at the RLH Corporation 2018 Global Brand Showcase & Expo next Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Las Vegas, NV. Hitesh will share AAHOA's advocacy efforts to address the important issues facing the hospitality industry, as well as how AAHOA is providing industry-relevant professional development to hoteliers. Click here to learn more about the 2018 RLH Corporation Brand Conference.
AAHOA now offers a pharmacy discount card available in a digital format. Use it to save up to 75% on prescriptions. Visit to access the digital pharmacy card at any time, and even have it emailed or texted to you for easy access. The card is available to everyone, and hoteliers are encouraged to share it with employees, families, and friends.
AAHOA on the Hill
The National Labor Relations Board is still accepting comments on a plan to change its legal standard for determining the joint employer standard. The deadline for public comment is Dec. 13. It is imperative that hoteliers show their support for a return to the original joint employer standard. Take a moment now to share your comment here.
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Events and Happenings
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:
In the Market
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reports, “Luxury (+5.2%) was the strongest chain scale for branded hotels; Upscale and Midscale were the weakest at +1.2%. Upper Midscale (+2.0%) underperformed the industry average. We believe two factors particularly impacted last week's relatively strong Group performance, leading to Luxury and Upper Upscale outperformance within the chain scales. First is the Chanukah calendar shift. In 2018, the first night of the holiday started on Sunday, December 2nd. We believe some groups may have shifted away from the holiday week as a result. Note: Chanukah began on Tuesday, December 12th last year. The second factor is an arguably easy Group comp given Group was -4.3% in the same week on the prior year. We add that Group was +4.7% for the week ending 11/24/18 on what was also an easy Group comp (vs. -5.0% for the week ending 11/25/17).” 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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Industry News
Time is running out if Congress wants to prevent a government shutdown on December 7, when the current funding stream lapses for much of the government. House and Senate appropriators have proposed modest increases for the National Park Service, but that matters little if the measures stall. (Source: National Parks Traveler)
The ability to organize and book both business and leisure trips online is now far more convenient than it used to be. Regardless, arranging trips online can still be an exhausting and cumbersome experience. Whether it’s trying to find the best flight, the most affordable option or just knowing where to go within a new city, there are many obstacles facing consumers today. (Source: Hotel Business)
The next big disruptor in hospitality, according to Ian Schrager, is co-living spaces. “Communal living is blurring the distinction between residential and hotels,” the hotelier and Studio 54 co-founder argued during Bloomberg’s Year Ahead: Luxury conference in Manhattan. The mastermind behind the Public Hotel urged audiences to look at millennial buying statistics as evidence of this trend. (Source: National Real Estate Investor)
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