Hotelier Weekly
January 17, 2019
AAHOA News
  
The Savannah Interagency Diversity Council will continue its efforts to spread awareness of and combat human trafficking at their 4th annual Savannah Traffick Jam. Open to those who serve in the law enforcement, hospitality, transportation, and educational sectors, the conference will feature a variety of discussions on human trafficking prevention. Do your part to participate in National Human Trafficking Awareness Month by learning more about human trafficking awareness training & prevention at www.aahoa.com/htat.
AAHOA on the Hill
  
Join AAHOA and VRLTA for the Annual Taste of VRLTA Legislative Reception, Day on the Hill and Lunch on January 23. The following morning (January 24), there will be a legislative briefing with breakfast and scheduled office visits. Use promo code AAHOA19 when you register for complimentary registration; please register in advance to participate in legislative appointments.
  
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. 28. 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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AAHOA Education
  
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and AAHOA is committed to promoting awareness of human trafficking by educating hoteliers on how to spot and report any suspicious activity. We encourage all members and their staffs to take advantage of one of AAHOA's FREE training options during the month of January. Click here to view available training options.
In the Market
  
As SunTrust Robinson Humphrey wrote, “Economy (-1.8%) was the strongest chain scale for branded hotels; Upscale was the weakest at -11.8%. Midscale (-6.1%) and Upper Midscale (-7.9%) outperformed the industry average. There are a couple of takeaways to last week's very negative STR results. We see the primary impact coming from the MLK Holiday calendar shift. In 2018, the holiday fell on Monday, January 15th, thus impacting corporate travel during the week and leisure travel over the weekend. In 2019, the holiday shifted to January 21st, thus we expect an easier holiday comp in next week's results (particularly for weekend RevPAR). What is more difficult to discern is how much the U.S. government shutdown has impacted travel. We note that Washington, D.C. was one of the worst performing markets last week, especially on occupancy (-20.0%, vs. ADR of -7.9%). Part of why we are hesitant to call out the shutdown is that Group occupancy in DC was -33.2% last week, a result that was not dissimilar to a number of other Top 25 markets. However, Transient occupancy was -20.6% and that was the worst result of the Top 25 markets.” For more, read the full report. Also, check out November's Hotel P&L Analyzer here.
 
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 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)
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For more information, visit www.hotelhealthcare.org or contact Kimberlee Vandervoorn at kvandervoorn@uhg.com
Industry News
  
The hotel industry is doing its best to dodge the administration’s tariffs by finding alternative solutions. While not everybody’s taking blows, some players are clinching the administration’s trade approach to avoid additional shots and move on to the next round. (Source: Hotel Business)
  
It’s day 27 of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, and hoteliers in the Washington D.C., area are approaching a timeframe where group business could be interrupted if the city’s popular demand drivers are limited. Although, January and February are typically slower months for D.C. hotels, any loss of business due to the shutdown is causing concern. (Source: Hotel News Now)
  
According to the suit, the largest of its kind ever brought by the city, Metropolitan Property Group, a real estate brokerage firm, used a complex web of 18 corporate entities and fake identities on Airbnb to convert 130 apartments in the buildings into de facto hotel rooms. It is illegal under state law to rent out apartments in most buildings for fewer than 30 days unless the permanent tenant is present when a guest is renting. (Source: The New York Times)
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