Hotelier Weekly
March 14, 2019
AAHOA held its 2019 Spring National Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C. on March 11-12, and AAHOA Members turned up in force to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Our members stressed four issues critical to the hospitality industry: tax cuts, Brand USA, human trafficking awareness, and the Trademark License Protection Act. Prior to their meetings, members participated in a role-playing session to teach them how to be effective when speaking with lawmakers, and they also heard from industry experts and legislators.
AAHOA Young Professional Director Eastern Division Purvi Panwala was a guest speaker at the Tourism and Hotels Globally Empowering Women and Sustainable Development event this morning in New York City. Purvi, president of Purvi LLC, participated in a panel at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN’s largest gathering on gender equality and women’s rights, and the single largest forum for UN Member States.
Chairman Hitesh (HP) Patel, Female Director Western Division Nimisha Patel, Young Professional Director Western Division Nishant (Neal) Patel, South Pacific Regional Ambassador Jyoti Sarolia, and former Director at Large Vipul Dayal will be guest speakers at the Boutique Design West Trade Fair today in L.A. They will participate in a session titled “We Said, They Said: What Hotel Owners and Designers Can Learn From—and Teach—Each Other” at the event for hospitality design professionals.
AAHOA on the Hill
Meet with your lawmakers in Lincoln on Tuesday, March 19 and share with them your unique perspective on how the hospitality industry affects the Nebraska economy. The day is filled with legislative briefings, meetings and lunch with elected officials, and senators recognition and attendees self-introduction to the senators. The event is free for AAHOA members, but you must register in advance. Click here to register.
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Events and Happenings
What have you missed? The AAHOA Officers kicked off the 2019 Spring National Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C., ushering in two days of important meetings and gatherings on Capitol Hill. AAHOA Members participated in an educational session and met with legislators and/or their staff members to advocate for the issues important to our industry. We also held a Town Hall and Lobby Day in Tallahassee, FL, and so much more! Check out the AAHOA Facebook page to view photos of our member doing great things!
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.
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:
March 18 - South Central Texas Town Hall Meeting - New Braunfels, TX
March 18 - North Pacific Town Hall Meeting - San Francisco, CA
March 18 - Washington D.C. Area Town Hall Meeting - Richmond, VA
March 19 - North Central Women Hoteliers Town Hall Meeting - Cincinnati, OH
March 19 - South Pacific Town Hall Meeting - Chino Hills, CA
March 19 - Washington D.C. Area Town Hall Meeting - Baltimore, MD
March 21 - Mid Atlantic Young Professional Hoteliers Town Hall Meeting & Networking Reception - Philadelphia, PA
March 25 - Gulf Town Hall Meeting - Little Rock, AR
March 26 - Mid South Town Hall Meeting - Bowling Green, KY
March 26 - North Pacific Town Hall Meeting - Sacramento, CA
March 27 - North Texas Town Hall Meeting - Irving, TX
March 27 - Southwest Town Hall Meeting - Salt Lake City, UT
March 27 - Washington D.C. Area Town Hall Meeting - Newport News, VA
March 27 - South Central Texas Town Hall Meeting - San Antonio, TX
March 28 - North Carolina Town Hall Meeting - Asheville, NC
March 28 - South Central Texas Town Hall Meeting - Killeen, TX
March 28 - Mid South Town Hall Meeting - Paducah, KY
March 29 - Southwest Region Town Hall Meeting - Clovis, NM
April 2 - Mid Atlantic Women Hoteliers Town Hall Meeting - Monmouth Junction, NJ
April 3 - Mid Atlantic Town Hall Meeting - Edison, NJ
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In the Market
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reports, “Luxury (+0.4%) was the "strongest" chain scale for branded hotels; Upscale was the weakest at -3.9%. Upper Midscale (-2.4%) and Midscale (-2.8%) also underperformed the industry average. Two primary takeaways from last week's results: 1) Tough group comp y/y resulted in Group RevPAR of -7.0% last week. We don't believe the negative result was holiday shift driven although there could have been some noise due to St. Patrick's Day. 2) Supply growth remains a clear headwind to occupancy y/y growth (U.S. occupancy was -2.4%; Upper Upscale was -4.0% and Upscale -3.9%).”
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.
Featured Club Blue Member
Exclusive AAHOA limited-time offer: Get 10 percent off your in-store purchase when you use your LAR card by March 19. You'll also enjoy 5 percent off using the LAR card and an additional 2 percent prompt-pay discount off your statement, as well as free shipping when you use affiliate company code D001. Click here for more details, then contact Anthony Ruiz to get started.
Featured Platinum/Silver Member
At FreshAir Sensor, we use technology for the real-time detection of hazardous airborne chemicals. We help AAHOA members prevent unauthorized smoking and create a safer and healthier environment for residents and guests. Contact Matt Hanson for more information about our patented system.
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Featured Member Benefit
All AHIA members are committed to promoting professionalism, continuing education, and improved communication, which creates a network of competent experienced attorneys committed to improving legal services throughout the hospitality industry. We specialize in hospitality industry legal issues and have a minimum of five years' experience for in-house counsel and 10 years' experience for outside counsel. AAHOA members can access our nationwide directory to find a hospitality industry lawyer nearby.
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Industry News
News of Anthony Bourdain's death in 2018 shook the culinary world but also put a spotlight on common issues across the entire hospitality industry: mental illness and substance abuse. Patrick Mulvaney of Sacramento-based Mulvaney's B&L has partnered with Kaiser Permanente and others to create a program breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, "I Got Your Back."
(Source: The Fix)
Guus Bakker of Frasers Hospitality has established a multifaceted approach to achieve excellent customer service. That goal is obtained by starting with his own staff, and Bakker offers five lessons that follow. 
Since the beginning of robotics and AI, there has been fear that robots will replace humans in the workforce. While robots may change the way we work, a University of Houston study concludes that humans may be needed in the hospitality industry regardless of how technology advances.
(Source: Houston Public Media)
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