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Update for Thursday, July 2

AAHOA is bringing you the latest information as it relates to COVID-19 and your business.

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  • Coalition Letter: AAHOA, others urge Senate to reject new reporting amendment
  • PPP: Repurposing $130B in unallocated funds on agenda for Treasury Department, Senate
  • NC Virtual Event: AAHOA updates, NC advocacy and initiatives on tap
  • myDigital Office: Hotel occupancy levels hold steady for July 4
  • Miraj S. Patel: AAHOA YP Director named to University of Houston advisory board

AAHOA Joins Large Coalition Urging Senate to Reject New Reporting Amendment

Yesterday, AAHOA and a large group of associations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate expressing strong opposition to Title LIV of S. 4049, Establishing Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Requirements. They argue the reporting of personally identifiable information required by the legislation would not only be duplicative, it also would be burdensome and present a security risk for millions of small business owners. Read the full letter here.

Relief for ‘Most Hard-Hit Businesses’ on the Agenda for Treasury Department, Senate

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed interest in working on another round of COVID-19 relief legislation in July during an oversight hearing before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday. Munchin also said he has been in discussions with bipartisan members of the Senate Small Business Committee about repurposing the $135 billion in unallocated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds, likely targeting “the most hard hit businesses,” including restaurants and hotels.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) also said he expects the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation to be on the agenda when the chamber returns from the upcoming July 4 recess. The goal is to pass legislation prior to the August break, scheduled to begin on August 7.

Save the Date: AAHOA Updates, NC Advocacy Initiatives on Tap for Virtual Event

Join us at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 8 when North Carolina Regional Director Akshat Patel hosts Vice Chair Vinay Patel and Lynn D. Minges, President & CEO of NC Restaurant & Lodging Association, at a virtual event. Vinay will give attendees an AAHOA update, while Lynn will bring them up to date on advocacy efforts and initiatives in North Carolina.

myDigital Office: Hotel Occupancy Levels Hold Steady for July 4

As many Americans across the nation plan to venture out to coastal towns and other popular tourist destinations for the July 4 holiday weekend, green shoots of positivity continue to sprout. There has been an upward trend in occupancy levels throughout the months of May and June. However, as occupancies have climbed, rates have steadily, albeit slightly, decreased. That is the main takeaway from myDigital Office’s MAPP report, the industry’s first and only free resource that leverages forward-looking bookings data to identify recovery trends in real time. See the full article here.

AAHOA Young Professional Director Named to University of Houston Advisory Board
Miraj S. Patel, AAHOA Young Professional Director Western Division, has been named to the advisory board for the University of Houston Customer Experience Certificate Program. The program offers interactive training for hospitality workers to provide customer insights.

Members of the advisory board offer their professional perspective to participants in the program. Patel also is the president of Wayside Investment Group in Houston.