Hotelier Weekly
August 2, 2019
AAHOA News
  
Regional Director Mayur (Mike) Patel and the Regional Ambassadors hosted the North Texas Regional Conference & Trade Show in Irving on Tuesday. Scott Joslove, president and CEO of the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, was the featured speaker, while Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala, Vice Chairman Biran Patel, and Secretary Nishant (Neal) Patel were on hand to deliver the AAHOA update. Hotel ROI, held in conjunction with the event, focused on the options the Opportunity Zones created by the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 make available for Texas hotel owners. Attendees also had the opportunity to learn about the latest products and services from more than 100 exhibitors at the trade show and connect with new and existing vendors.
  
Regional Director Akshat Patel and the Regional Ambassadors hosted the North Carolina Regional Conference & Trade Show in Raleigh on Thursday. Speaker of the House Tim Moore and Lynn Minges of the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association were the featured speakers, while Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala, Treasurer Vinay Patel, and Secretary Nishant (Neal) Patel gave the AAHOA update during the business meeting. The trade show offered attendees the chance to browse the latest products and services and also to build and strengthen new and existing relationships.
  
AAHOA, the world’s largest hotel owners association, and Extended Stay America, Inc. (ESA), a Charlotte, NC based company with over 600 branded hotels in the United States, announced a new partnership that will facilitate relationships between the brand and AAHOA’s 18,500+ members. Read full release here.
  
AAHOA Members are teeing off for charity this month. On August 19, Northwest Regional Director Hiten Patel will host the 16th annual Northwest Region Charity Golf Tournament in Camas, WA. The event, to be held at the Camas Meadows Golf Club, will raise much-needed funds for Make A Wish Oregon, BEST, and the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation. Register as a player or sponsor by August 10 and receive a special discount on the cost of registration. On August 24-25, North Carolina Regional Director Akshat Patel and local hosts Jay (Trini) Patel, Rashmikant (Haji) Patel, and Vimal Hardev will host a fun day of competitive golf at the Charlotte Charity Golf Tournament at The Golf Club at Ballantyne. Held at one of North Carolina's premier courses, the two-day event will feature a lunch, awards ceremony, and raffle to raise money for 11 charities, including the USO of NC and Samaritan's Feet. Register today as a player or sponsor and help us make an impact.
  
Due to the recent Legionnaires’ disease outbreak, AAHOA Members should be highly aware of how to best prepare and prevent waterborne diseases. In recent months, AAHOA provided two educational webinars and a fact sheet to help protect members and their guests. The two webinars – Preventing Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ and Other Waterborne Diseases and Managing Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ and Other Waterborne Diseases – explain how to develop and implement a simple water management plan that can help prevent disease outbreaks; how to move quickly, decisively, and effectively to manage it should one occur; and describe actions owner/operators should not take when responding to reports of an outbreak.
  
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AAHOA on the Hill
  
AAHOA Interim President and CEO Rachel Humphrey issued a statement on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: “Human trafficking is a terrible crime that targets and exploits the most vulnerable members of our society. AAHOA stands with victims and those working to end trafficking. We commend the United Nations for promoting this international day to raise awareness of this crime and inspire the political will to address it." Take AAHOA’s Human Trafficking Awareness Training today to be able to recognize the signs and take action.
  
AAHOA Interim President and CEO Rachel Humphrey issued a statement in support of Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) call for the Justice Department to provide greater clarity and guidance regarding how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites:
  
AAHOA Interim President and CEO Rachel Humphrey issued a statement in response to the Department of Justice’s issuance of a rule to strengthen retirement security for small business owners through Association Retirement Plans (ARPs):
  
AAHOA Interim President and CEO Rachel Humphrey issued a statement in response to a letter Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) sent to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin urging him to include an inflation adjustment in the Treasury’s calculation of capital gains tax liability:
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Events and Happenings
  
What have you missed? Regional Director Mayur (Mike) Patel and the Regional Ambassadors held the North Texas Regional Conference & Trade Show in Irving, Regional Director Akshat Patel and the Regional Ambassadors hosted the North Carolina Regional Conference & Trade Show in Raleigh, Gulf Regional Director Nick Zaver and the Regional Ambassadors hosted three Town Halls – in Baton Rouge, Monroe, and Lafayette – where members were able to take our Human Trafficking Awareness Training, and so much more! 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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In the Market
  
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reports, “Upper Midscale (-1.4%) was the "strongest" chain scale for branded hotels (albeit negative); Luxury was the weakest at -3.1%. Midscale (-1.9%) and Upper Midscale performed similarly to the industry average. Even relative to the clean comp results we have seen over the past several weeks, last week's results were incrementally softer across the industry and chain scales. Importantly, while we expect occupancy to be flat-to-slightly-negative on a go-forward run-rate basis, ADR was down across the chain scales and by day of week last week (negative to hotel profitability).” 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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Industry News
  
The hotel industry's main competitor is home-sharing apps, but it's important for hoteliers to be aware of competition within the industry, too. Keep in mind your accommodation type, your category, your proximity to local attractions, as well as the quality of your customer service. All of these items are factors in finding your main competitors and how you can effectively compete.
(Source: Hotelier Academy)
  
While industries are known to grow and decline, the costs of construction continue to increase. In order to keep up with rising costs, hoteliers and developers have to get creative to find places to save money. Some of these cost-saving measures include outsourcing products to other countries and considering modular construction.
(Source: Hotel Management)
  
Restaurants and hotels began cutting out the use of plastic straws due to environmental concerns. Now, it seems that miniature shampoo and conditoner bottles could be next to go. IHG has announced that it will replace the miniature bottles with refillable dispensers.
(Source: The New York Times)
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