Hotelier Weekly
October 17, 2019
South Central Texas Regional Director Mike Patel and his Ambassadors hosted their Regional Conference & Trade Show in Houston on Tuesday. AAHOA trained more hoteliers during the Human Trafficking Awareness Training session, as we continue to lead the charge in combating sex trafficking in the hospitality industry. Chairwoman Jagruti Panwala, Vice Chairman Biran Patel, Secretary Nishant (Neal) Patel, and Interim President & CEO Rachel Humphrey gave the AAHOA update and spoke with attendees about issues that matter most to them.
AAHOA participated in the Texas Businesses Against Trafficking (TBAT) Forum on Wednesday, hosted by Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs, which helps businesses in the Lone Star State work collaboratively in developing best practices to combat human trafficking. Leaders in the government, business, and non-profit sectors joined to learn more though presentations and a series of panel discussions, including AAHOA Immediate Past Chairman Hitesh (HP) Patel, Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Commissioner Julian Alvarez, and Rep. Senfronia Thompson among others.  
Vice Chairman Biran Patel will be a featured panelist at the fourth annual Hotel Investment Forum on October 24 in Miami. The forum, hosted by the Marcus & Millichap Kabani Hotel Group, is a gathering of industry leaders, investors, hotel owners, and lenders. This year, it will focus on the overall health of the industry and the outlook into 2020 and beyond, how to implement technology to satisfy the new generation of guests, and more. Register today.
AAHOA Secretary Nishant (Neal) Patel will be a featured speaker at the California Lodging Expo & Conference on October 21 in Commerce, CA. The theme of this year's expo is "Are you ready for 2020?" and the event will address the following questions: Have you taken the mandated trainings and certifications? Is your marketing maintaining your competitive edge? Are you defending your business against disruptors? Register today.
We’re opening registration for the 2020 AAHOA Convention & Trade Show, set for April 13-16 in Orlando, FL, soon. However, with the launch of this year, our processes for Convention registration have changed slightly. To ensure you’ll be able to quickly and easily register for Convention, and secure early-bird pricing, you’ll need to ensure you’ve logged into and created your new profile at Pay your open invoices now to speed up the registration process!
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Events and Happenings
Are you up on the latest technology trends in the hospitality industry? Are you getting the most out of your service contracts? If not, then you don't want to miss the expo at HX: The Hotel Experience Powered by AAHOA on November 10-11 in New York City, where more than 220 exhibitors will showcase the latest products and services and stand ready to make a deal on the spot. HX also will feature 24 AAHOA-curated education sessions and a Young Professional Hoteliers Networking Reception. Register today using promo code AAHOA19 and save!
Head over to Facebook regularly to see our members doing great things around the nation! This week, the Lone Star State was buzzing with AAHOA events. In addition to the Texas Businesses Against Trafficking Forum, Regional Director Mike Patel and his Ambassadors hosted the South Central Texas Regional Conference & Trade Show in San Antonio, and Regional Director Mayur (Mike) Patel hosted the North Texas Region Town Hall Meeting in Longview. In addition, Female Director Eastern Division Lina Patel hosted the first-ever Gulf Women Hoteliers Town Hall Meeting in Columbus, MS, and Regional Director Sandip Patel hosted the Washington, D.C. Area Town Hall Meeting in Aberdeen, MD.
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. Open to all hoteliers, and AAHOA Lifetime Members receive a free gift 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. 
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AAHOA Education
Revitalized neighborhoods are driving demand and business in the Chicago area, so development opportunities abound. But what does this mean for hotel owners looking to improve their bottom line? Hear from revenue and operations experts on game-changing ways to positively influence your return on investment at the Hotel ROI Chicago on October 30. The Hotel ROI series, conducted by Hotel Management in partnership with AAHOA, features one-hour education sessions that deliver relevant, market-specific information to help hoteliers maximize returns on their investments.
AAHOA will present a "How to Form a Management Company" workshop on October 22-23 in Columbia, MD. Watch this video from Baywood Hotels President Al Patel and hear about what he's looking forward to most. This valuable workshop, which features a tour of Baywood Hotels' home office, will walk you through how to transform your enterprise into a hotel management company, and top industry experts will share best practices and innovative initiatives to help you achieve success. Don't miss it! Register today.
In the Market
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey reports, “Economy (-0.5%) was the "strongest" chain scale for branded hotels; Luxury was the weakest at -7.3%. Upper Midscale (-0.6%) and Midscale (-1.0%) outperformed the industry average. Last week's data was very noisy given three factors: 1) Yom Kippur calendar shift  2) Columbus Day calendar shift and 3) Hurricane Michael y/y comp.”

For more, read the full report here.
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Technology can be a blessing and a curse for many hoteliers. There are many different types of software for a hotelier's different needs, but could there be an all-in-one option? IT professionals weigh in on what would make a solution possible.
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Though occupancy growth has increased over the past nine years, Moody's Investor Services implies that hoteliers can expect decreased growth in revenue per available room. Moody's also predicts the trend will continue into 2020, with slowing demand and steady supply.
(Source: Hotel Management)
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