Hotelier Weekly
December 13, 2018
AAHOA News
  
AAHOA President & CEO Chip Rogers will be a panelist at the Marriott Select Brands Owner & Franchise Conference on Dec.18 in San Diego. This panel will discuss how decisions made at the federal, state, and local level influence the industry. The panel will also touch on the best practices hoteliers and industry professionals can use to develop relationships with policymakers and key external stakeholders.
  
In mid-2019, we'll be launching a new member database that will make it even easier for hoteliers to customize their AAHOA experience by selecting the types of information and emails they would like to receive, simplifying the event registration process, and providing exclusive access to member benefits. Each member's log-in will be your mobile number – something you've already committed to memory (and much easier to remember than the AAHOA ID). Make sure your current member profile includes your mobile phone number for the easiest transition to this new system! Click here to update your information now.
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 has been extended to Jan. 14. 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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BDK America
Events and Happenings
  
Join us for AAHOA’s 16th Annual Northwest Region Charity Golf Tournament! Sponsorship in last year’s tournament helped us raise over $100,000. Your participation this year not only will help make the event a success and strengthen your relationships with AAHOA members, it also will have a positive, lasting impact on the lives of those in need. All proceeds from the golf tournament and raffle will go directly to Make-A-Wish Oregon, Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST), and the Doernbecher Foundation. Click here for sponsorship details and registration information.
  
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, “Economy (+1.7%) was the strongest chain scale for branded hotels; Upscale was the weakest at -2.4%. Upper Midscale (-1.4%) also underperformed the industry average. Last week's data presented weak Transient results and we believe part of the weakness was driven by the Chanukah calendar shift. In 2018, the first night of the holiday started on Sunday, December 2nd. Chanukah began on Tuesday, December 12th last year. Additionally, during low occupancy weeks (generally the case in early December -- occupancy was ~ 60-61% both last week and y/y), there can be more variability in RevPAR given the smaller base of demand. Weather issues in select markets also adds to the volatility.” 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
  
Lowe’s ProServices is offering an exclusive benefit for AAHOA members. AAHOA members with a Lowe’s Business Credit Account are eligible to receive 5% off by utilizing a Lowe’s Business Credit Account in store and online via www.Lowesforpros.com. In addition to the 5% off* at point of sale, AAHOA members with an existing Lowe’s Account Receivable (LAR) credit account of AAHOA, are eligible to receive a 2% prompt payment discount on invoices for their LAR credit account purchases paid within terms.
Featured Platinum/Silver Member
  
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences and vacation ownership properties, and have locations on six continents.
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Featured Member Benefit
  
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Industry News
  
U.S. job openings rebounded in October, but hiring continued to lag, suggesting a recent slowdown in job growth was most likely because employers could not find qualified workers. "This report continues to paint a picture of an increasingly tight labor market," said John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics in New York. (Source: Fox Business)
  
As Congress faces a December 21 deadline to avert a partial government shutdown, it must also clear a stack of other must-pass bills that affect millions of people and major sections of the economy. The lame-duck session is winnowing down with the holidays quickly approaching and the next session of Congress kicking off Jan. 3, leaving little time to break through legislative standoffs that have bogged down progress on key issues for months. (Source: CNN)
  
This year, consumers are shopping for the holiday experience. Travel combined with entertainment and holiday gatherings equals a merry season. Consumers plan to spend more than 50% of their holiday budget on travel and entertainment this year, according to a PwC report. All in all, opportunities abound for travel, hospitality, and entertainment companies to capture wallet share this holiday season. (Source: Hotel Business)
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