Hotelier Weekly
May 2, 2019
Pennsylvania hotelier Jagruti Panwala is the new chairwoman of AAHOA, the world’s largest hotel owners association. Panwala became chair during the association’s 2019 Convention & Trade Show in San Diego last week. She is the first woman to lead AAHOA in its 30-year history. “I am humbled and honored to serve the more than 18,500 hoteliers of AAHOA as Chairwoman,” Panwala said. Read the full press release here.
AAHOA celebrated its 30th Anniversary last week at the 2019 AAHOA Convention &Trade Show in San Diego, CA, and it was spectacular. We experienced high participation across the board in attendance (8,214) and booths (775). We also had over 4,300 attendees at our educational sessions and certification programs. We're already looking forward to next year's event in Orlando April 13-16, 2020. See you there!
AAHOA Vice Chairman Biran Patel and Treasurer Vinay Patel will be guest speakers at the HD Expo, which kicks off May 15-17 in Las Vegas, NV. Biran will participate in the HD/ISHP Town Hall: Owners’ Roundtable on May 16, while Vinay will be on the Development 101 panel the same day. The event is billed as the leading trade show and conference for the hospitality design industry and will offer CEU-accredited education and networking opportunities. Sign up today using Promo Code “AAHOA” for free registration.
AAHOA and Emerald Expositions announced plans to relaunch HX: The Hotel Experience Powered by AAHOA in November of this year. “There is nothing but a very bright future ahead for HX,” AAHOA Interim President & CEO Rachel Humphrey said at the announcement of the partnership during the first day's General Session at the 2019 AAHOA Convention & Trade Show. The relaunch of the show will take place in New York City in November 2019. Read the full press release here
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Events and Happenings
What have you missed lately? We celebrated our 30th Anniversary at the 2019 AAHOA Convention & Trade Show in San Diego, Lifetime Member Champ Patel was presented with the Premier Legacy Award by Choice Hotels, we participated in several panels at the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Expo, and so much more! Check out the AAHOA Facebook page to catch up on all the great things that have taken place!
Join us for the Regional Conference 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:
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AAHOA Education
The number of ADA "click-by" lawsuits against hoteliers is growing every year, so AAHOA partnered with RLH Corporation to present the "ADA Website Accessibility: Myths vs. Facts" webinar to help you learn how best to protect yourself and your business. AAHOA Staff Attorney Sheetul Rayeed will help you discern fact from myth about ADA “click-by” lawsuits involving online descriptions of a hotel and teach you how you can be proactive in your online hotel description to reduce potential liability. Watch now.
In the Market
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reports, “Upper Upscale was the weakest at -10.6%. Upper Midscale (-1.0%) outperformed the industry average; Upscale (-5.5%) underperformed. Last week was another tough holiday comp given Good Friday/Easter/Passover impacting corporate travel for the start of the week. This was as expected. Sunday occupancy was -14.8% and Monday was -7.0%; there was day-by-day sequential improvement through Friday (+3.9%). Group RevPAR felt the impact of the light corporate travel week, down 28.6%.” 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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AAAHOA Members will enjoy simplified pricing for credit card processing and a dedicated AAHOA-specific customer service team, with no long-term agreement and no obligation. Click here for a complimentary account review, and watch this video to learn more about the AAHOA and Chase partnership! For more info on the Chase Ink Business PreferredSM Credit Card (Partner Offer)*, click here.
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New company name, same expert team! AAHOA Members get preferred access to the market's best rates and terms. Non-recourse bridge and permanent loans, as well as refinance and acquisition hotel loans available. LTVs up to 75 percent off with potential for cash-out. Contact Rushi Shah for a no-obligation pre-approval.
Industry News
When making a decision to be Earth friendly, there are a plethora of options to consider. Cost, guest experience, and employee training are all factors worth noting. While "eco friendly" used to be synonymous with "expensive," hoteliers have found ways to save money while improving the customer experience and being eco conscious.
(Source: First Coast News)
Hoteliers are faced with a multitude of guest-experience options to consider with each property. From check-in and checkout to wellness and waste management, every avenue affects the customer experience. Technology is at the forefront of each and every area, and there are ways to incorporate tech throughout your properties to improve overall guest experience around every corner.
(Source: Forbes)
Orlando is a huge spot for tourism and has a bustling hotel industry. As the industry grows further, there's an opportunity for Orlando to focus on hiring "Opportunity Youth" - those aged 16-24 who are not working or enrolled in school but ready to work hard. This group of potential employees has the greatest chance of making a meaningful career in hospitality while also having an impact on the industry.
(Source: Orlando Sentinel)
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