Hotelier Weekly
May 16, 2019
AAHOA Vice Chairman Biran Patel and Treasurer Vinay Patel will be featured speakers today at HD Expo, which runs May 15-17 in Las Vegas. Biran will take part in the HD/ISHP Town Hall: Owners’ Roundtable, while Vinay will participate in the Development 101 discussion. HD Expo brings together hospitality industry designers, developers, purchasing firms, and ownership groups for a trade show focusing on décor and design, educational sessions, and networking opportunities.
AAHOA Interim President & CEO Rachel Humphrey issued official statements in honor of National Small Business Week and National Travel and Tourism Week, illuminating that AAHOA Members, as small business owners themselves, are responsible for creating more than 600,000 good-paying American jobs and more than $10 billion in payroll annually to the nation's economy. Travel and tourism make that possible.
To help its franchisees do even more in their local communities, Choice Hotels recently launched the Your Community, Your Choice. Local Business Grant Program to award $5,000 each to five of its franchisees who are making a positive difference in their areas. If you’re a Choice Hotels franchisee, click here to share your hotel’s role in the community, and how $5,000 would help you further your positive contributions.
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Events and Happenings
What have you missed? Treasurer Vinay Patel spoke at the Meet the Money® Conference, Florida Regional Director Bharat Patel held a Town Hall in Dania Beach that attracted more than 200 attendees, Southwest Regional Director Imesh Vaidya trained 100 percent of his hotel staff on human trafficking prevention, and so much more! (Click here to find out how to train yourself and your staff for FREE.) Check out the AAHOA Facebook page to catch up on all the great things that have taken place!
Join us for the Regional Conference & Trade Show 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:
American Dryer Corporation
Natural Stone Gallery
In the Market
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reports, “Luxury (+2.6%) was the strongest chain scale for branded hotels; Midscale was the weakest at -1.8%. Upper Midscale (+0.3%) also underperformed the industry average. Last week was a relatively clean comp. With the Easter comp weeks in the rear-view window, last week's RevPAR results presented a return to a more "new normal" trend of very low-single-digit growth (at best). There may have been a modest Ramadan calendar shift given that Ramadan began in the evening of Sunday, May 5 this year vs. Tuesday, May 15 last year.” For more, read the full report. Also, check out April'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.
Alliance Laundry Systems-UniMac
Spectrum Enterprise
Featured Club Blue Member
Ecolab, the global industry leader in hotel cleaning and sanitization, offers preferred pricing to AAHOA Members. Save on laundry, housekeeping, kitchen, pool and spa chemical programs, and more! We also partner with our hospitality customers to keep operations running smoothly with regular visits from Ecolab reps and 24/7/365 customer support. For more information, please contact Michael Pfister or call 952-852-0926 today!
Featured Platinum/Silver Member
SurferQuest™ has been setting the industry standard for Secure Business Center software while serving thousands of locations worldwide since 2001. We emphasize minimizing your hotel's liability and protecting your guests from malware, viruses and identity theft, the fastest-growing cyber crime in technology today. SurferQuest™ offers a full suite of guest engagement technology solutions built with your hotel and budget in mind. For more info, contact Kathryn Koning, visit the SurferQuest website or call 814-342-3120 today!
United Insurance Agencies
Naylor Association Solutions
Featured Member Benefit
As North America’s leading hospitality procurement services provider, Avendra offers AAHOA Members competitive pricing from from its 800+ supplier contracts. Earn huge savings on engineering, rooms operations, administrative, replacement FF&E, and more! Visit or call 866-AVENDRA and start saving today!
Industry News
The Department of Labor is proposing a new rule for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Exemptions for "white collar" employees would increase from $23,600 to $35,308 per year if passed. There are steps that hotel employers can take to ensure that they remain compliant if the new rule is adopted.
(Source: The National Law Review)
Adaptive reuse was a popular design concept in the early 2000s and has made its way back around to relevancy once again. Converging historic buildings with modern interiors and design trends is in demand in markets like Los Angeles, where prime real estate may already be taken but can be transformed.
(Source: Arch Daily)
Seattle's recent boom in the hotel industry has brought about another positive change for local hotel owners. In order to stand out from the plethora of new hotel offerings for visitors, hotel owners worked with local artists and business owners to create murals that are now part of Seattle's skyline and provide gorgeous room views.
(Source: Fortune)
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