Hotelier Weekly
February 14, 2019
Korn Ferry, a global giant in executive and professional search, has been retained to assist AAHOA in finding its new president and CEO. The firm is seeking a strategic leader and spokesperson for AAHOA, one who will demonstrate strong political and business acumen to serve as the industry’s leading advocate, while overseeing the association’s operations and providing effective staff management. For more information or to apply, click here.
AAHOA Chairman Hitesh (HP) Patel will speak at the Texas Converge on the Capitol legislative event on February 21. He will share the history of our organization, as well as some of our major accomplishments and the power and influence AAHOA has gained over the years with attendees.
AAHOA Vice Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala will be the keynote speaker at the University of Houston Career Fair Luncheon on February 21, where she will share her personal success story. She will give students a unique insight into what it takes to launch and maintain a thriving business and lay out why they should set their sights on the hospitality industry.
Calling all California Members! The California Lodging Investment Conference is March 7 at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Orange County, CA. CLIC is the only California-focused hotel investment conference, so you don't want to miss it. Plus, AAHOA members get a 20-percent discount; just enter the promo code "AAHOA" when you sign up. Members can register and get room reservations here.
AAHOA on the Hill
Relationships are important in our business, and the same holds true for politics. With four legislative events taking place next week – in Oregon (Feb. 19), Indiana (Feb. 20), Arizona (Feb. 20), and Texas (Feb. 21) – there is no better time to meet with your state legislators. Join AAHOA and help make a difference on the issues that matter most to you and your business. Register today for the event in your area.
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Events and Happenings
What have you missed? Check out the AAHOA Facebook page to view photos of our members doing great things! This week, AAHOA Chairman Hitesh Patel spoke at the AAHOA Arkansas State Capital Lobby Day in Little Rock. AAHOA Vice Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala discussed leadership and engagement in the hospitality industry at the Progressive & Inclusive Leadership Workshop during Stay Boutique Live, The Trifecta in Los Angeles, and so much more!
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 golf shirt for attending.
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In the Market
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reports, “Luxury (+5.0%) was the strongest chain scale for branded hotels; Upscale was the weakest at -1.6%. Upper Midscale (-0.4%) and Midscale (-1.0%) also underperformed the industry average. Last week's STR results presented varied performance with continued strength in Luxury and Independents. There were a few calendar shifts last week such as the move of Mardi Gras to 3/5/19 from 2/13/18 and potentially some noise from Super Bowl moving to Atlanta from Minneapolis. We note that Group RevPAR for Atlanta was +77.5% last week and Minneapolis was -74.1%. Atlanta's stadium has more seating and it is also a larger hotel market; we see these Super Bowl impacts potentially contributing to the strong Group performance.” For more, read the full report. Also, check out January'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 Club Blue Member
Dell has partnered with AAHOA to bring members savings - up to 30%-40% off the everyday price! - on their systems and Dell-branded electronics and accessories! Visit, call 1.800.757.8442, or contact Mobolaji Sokunbi for more information. Please mention you are an AAHOA member and use Member ID 530002735094.
Featured Platinum/Silver Member
Alvi Satellites specializes in installation of DirecTV (now AT&T) systems in residential and commercial areas, as well as lodging and institutional spaces. We were named Dealer of the Year in 2016 by HBO and AT&T in the Lodging and Institutions category. We offer installations for all your hospitality needs, everything from hotels and hospitals to senior-living facilities and college dorms. We provide the highest-quality service at the lowest prices. Click here for more information or contact Prashant Ajmera.
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Featured Member Benefit
AAHOA Members can receive monthly reports that track and compare the valuation levels, trading levels, and credit profile of each of the U.S. publicly traded Hotel C-Corps and Hotel Real Estate Investment Trusts. It includes pro forma adjustments for any announced acquisitions, dispositions, financings, and other corporate actions. All data is based on publicly available information, including equity research analyst estimates. Contact Jonathan Falik for more info.
Industry News
After nearly a decade of expansion in the hotel industry, the market is expected to shrink in the face of a potential economic slowdown.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal)
The field of artificial intelligence is advancing at a rapid pace, and many businesses, regardless of industry, are exploring how this developing technology can enhance their bottom lines.
(Source: Forbes)
Facebook recently announced that it was developing a unified messaging infrastructure to connect several of the company's platforms, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram messaging. Facebook's efforts to streamline communication among different platforms could provide additional options for hotels to connect directly with potential guests via new channels.
(Source: HospitalityNet)
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