Hotelier Weekly
August 8, 2019
Regional Director Kapil Patel and the Regional Ambassadors hosted the Georgia Regional Conference & Trade Show Tuesday in Atlanta. Attendees packed the Human Trafficking Awareness Training session, more than tripling the number of members in Georgia now certified. During the business meeting, Chris Hardman from the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association reiterated the message and urged members to train themselves and their staffs. Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala, Treasurer Vinay Patel, and Interim President & CEO Rachel Humphrey gave the AAHOA update, while the trade show gave attendees the chance to check out the latest innovations in products and services from our valued vendor partners.
Regional Director Akshat Patel and his Ambassadors hosted the North Carolina Regional Conference & Trade Show in Raleigh on August 1. Read more about the regional in last week's issue. During the event, 10 lucky winners won passes to enjoy the final day of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament as guests in the Wyndham luxury hospitality suite located at the 18th hole of the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro. AAHOA thanks Wyndham Hotels & Resorts for its ongoing support. 
Vice Chairman Biran Patel, Treasurer Vinay Patel, and Young Professional Director Eastern Division Purvi Panwala will be featured guests at the Hotel Data Conference in Nashville, TN, on August 14-16. Biran will participate on the panel "Help wanted! Dealing with today and tomorrow’s labor issues," Vinay will be on the "Downturn preparation: Staying ahead of the curve" panel, and Purvi will speak on the “Independent but not unbranded” panel. The Hotel Data Conference provides STR data presentations, including pipeline and top markets, and general session presentations, including an industry outlook, and tips and trends on everything from revenue management to digital marketing. The event is sold out, but you can join the wait list by clicking here.
On Tuesday, AAHOA launched, a brand-new platform that will allow you to access all your important data – membership, events, advocacy efforts, education, company and personal profile, and more – in one place 24/7/365. You can confirm, renew, or update your membership; confidentially update your property info to help AAHOA more effectively advocate on your behalf; keep track of your events and registrations; participate in member-exclusive education and personal development; you name it! Check out our infographic “Top 6 Ways to Maximize MyAAHOA” to learn more about how you can make the most of your experience today!
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Events and Happenings
What have you missed? Regional Director Kapil Patel and the Regional Ambassadors held the Georgia Regional Conference & Trade Show in Atlanta, Regional Director Sawan H. Patel and Female Director Western Division Nimisha Patel hosted a Women Hoteliers Town Hall in Houston, we conducted three Human Trafficking Awareness Training sessions during Gulf Region Town Halls in Monroe, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge, LA, we enjoyed the hospitality of Club Blue Member and longtime partner Ecolab at their headquarters in Minneapolis, we honored our Club Blue, Platinum, and Silver partners during Vendor Appreciation Day at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta; and 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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AAHOA Education
Registration continues for the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) program, which will take place 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 that focuses specifically 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, “Upper Midscale (-0.3%) was the relatively strongest chain scale for branded hotels; Luxury was the weakest at -2.6%. Midscale (-1.4%) slightly underperformed the industry average. Similar to the prior week's results, overall RevPAR last week was modestly negative with ADR results also mostly negative across the chain scales. There was some particular weakness in some large markets (Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco, for example, appeared to have tough y/y group comps), which given market supply and high ADRs, helped contribute to the national headline results. RevPAR results turned negative on Wednesday (-1.9%) and remained around -2% to -3% through Saturday.” 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 has joined with the University of Houston Conrad Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management to create an AAHOA Scholarship. AAHOA will contribute a total of $125,000 to UH over five years, beginning in 2016. The contributions will be matched by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, creating a $250,000 fund to be named the AAHOA Student Assistantship & Scholarship Endowment. To find out more about the qualifications or how to apply, please click here.
Industry News
“The greatest piece of advice I have for young people starting their careers is to take every opportunity that’s given to you with gusto,” says Leanne Harwood, managing director Australasia and Japan, InterContinental Hotels Group. After working in the industry for more than 20 years, Harwood shares her advice with those seeking a career in hospitality.
(Source: CEO Magazine)
Hotel shuttles can work on several levels. From the basic hotel-to-airport rides to stopping at local tourist spots and specialty restaurants to something in between, shuttles are a way that hotels can make some extra money. However, the costs can quickly add up, too. This is why outsourcing shuttle rides could be the future of hospitality transportation.
(Source: Hospitality Net)
Technology is a gift when it works well and a curse when it doesn't. With advances in technology such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, there are ways to incorporate this new tech that are helpful to your guests and your business. 
(Source: BOSS Magazine)
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