Hotelier Weekly
July 18, 2019
AAHOA News
  
AAHOA, the world’s largest hotel owners association, and Advantage Hotels, Inc., an Austin-based company that franchises Vista and Select Inn, announced a new partnership that will introduce AAHOA’s more than 18,500 members to the family of Advantage Hotels brands. “We are excited to partner with Advantage Hotels,” AAHOA Interim President & CEO Rachel Humphrey said. Read the full release here.
  
Upper Midwest Regional Director Kalpesh Joshi kicked off a busy season with a Regional Conference & Trade Show in Minneapolis last Thursday. It was the first of three scheduled for 2019 in the Upper Midwest Region. Ben Wogsland, director of Government Relations for Hospitality Minnesota, and Drew Halunen, senior communications advisor and outreach director for Sen. Amy Klobuchar, were the featured speakers, while Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala delivered the AAHOA update. The next two events will be in Des Moines, IA, (August 12) and Elmhurst, IL (August 22).
  
AAHOA will host the Northwest Region Charity Golf Tournament on August 19 at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Camas, WA. This fun day of competitive golf is being held on one of Washington's premier golf courses and will raise money for Make-A-Wish Oregon, Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST), and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation. Following the event, AAHOA will host a dinner and awards ceremony and also will hold a raffle to raise additional funds for these worthy causes. Register today as a player or sponsor and help us make an impact.
AAHOA on the Hill
  
America’s hoteliers applauded the introduction of a bipartisan measure to secure long-term, dedicated funding for Brand USA, an organization that encourages inbound tourism by promoting the United States as a destination for international travelers. The legislation, introduced by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), extends the current funding mechanism through 2027. Read the full release here.
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Events and Happenings
  
What have you missed? Interim President & CEO Rachel Humphrey moderated the “View from the Boardroom” panel at the ALIS Summer Update in Chicago last week, and in closing remarks, she highlighted how AAHOA and ALIS have worked together to connect top industry professionals to discuss ideas for the future of the hospitality industry. Florida Regional Director Bharat Patel and Director at Large Jayesh Patel hosted a Town Hall in Lakeland that saw more than 85 members take our Human Trafficking Awareness Training. Visit the AAHOA Facebook page to catch up!
  
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 yet 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 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
  
Registration is open for the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) program, set for September 17-18 in Orlando, FL. AAHOA Members in good standing are eligible for a deeply discounted rate to receive the training, which is the only hotel-related certification for industry professionals focused on analytics. The rate is the lowest available in the industry, so encourage nonmember hoteliers in your region to join AAHOA, and sign up today to participate in this valuable training.
In the Market
  
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reports, “Economy (-2.8%) was the ‘strongest’ chain scale for branded hotels; Upscale was the weakest at -3.7%. Upper Midscale (-3.1%) underperformed the industry average. The weekly data for the week ending July 6 presented the benefit from the timing of July 4; last week's data ending July 13 was in many respects the reversal effect. The aggregate RevPAR average over the past two weeks was just +1.2% (not a run-rate statistic due to the holiday impact but unimpressive nonetheless). New Orleans RevPAR was -17.1% driven by Hurricane Barry’s impact, with weekend occupancy down 45%.” 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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Featured Member Benefit
  
AAHOA collaborated this year with Kennesaw State University to establish the Michael Leven and Lee Dushoff AAHOA Scholarship for Compassionate Leadership to honor the legacy of two of its founders and influential leaders. This annual scholarship will support students seeking an undergraduate degree in hospitality management. For more information on qualifications and how to apply, please contact Seth Walker or call 470-578-2206. To make a tax-deductible contribution to the endowment, please click here.
Industry News
  
In response to the growing need for experienced hospitality workers, Community College of Philadelphia will add a new associate degree program in hospitality management. The program requires 400 hours of work experience and is sure to give the local industry the experienced workers it needs to meet demand.
(Source: KYW Newsradio)
  
Global travel is increasing rapidly, and hotel brands are quickly expanding to keep up with the demand. Dimitris Manikis, president and managing director (EMEA) at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, explained three keys to global expansion: respecting the rules of business engagement, adapting to local culture, and working with the right people.
(Source: Hospitality Net )
  
With 14,000 hotel rooms either planned or under construction, hoteliers have created plenty of job opportunites across Nashville, TN. Hotel managers are taking a specific approach to hiring employees: hiring from within for career development and aggressively hiring new employees who are solid candidates.
(Source: WKRN)
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