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Update for Tuesday, July 14

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

Help AAHOA help hotel owners by sharing this update with owners in your network, whether they're AAHOA Members or not. Turn to AAHOA's Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts for the latest.

 

CONTENT FOUND IN THIS UPDATE

  • AAHOACON20: Registration opens tomorrow and it's FREE for all AAHOA Hotelier Members
  • Congress: More relief for businesses hit hard by the pandemic still on the agenda
  • Letter: Rep. Lieu, others urge SBA to allow COVID-19 expenses through EIDL program
  • Tomorrow’s Virtual Event: An Interactive Q&A with your Arkansas Regional Director
  • Tomorrow’s Webcast: Join us to learn how to avoid discrimination in the workplace, and a possible lawsuit
  • Expedia Survey: 85% of U.S. travelers likely to take a summer road trip

Registration for AAHOA’s 2020 Virtual Convention Opens Tomorrow, Free for All Hotelier Members

Registration for the 2020 AAHOA Virtual Convention & Trade Show, set for August 11-13, opens tomorrow. AAHOA is committed to making sure AAHOA Members have what they need to help their businesses in the midst of this crisis. That’s why registration is FREE for all AAHOA Hotelier Members. The cost for non-members to attend the convention is $199.

However, nonmembers can join AAHOA and the registration fee will be waived so you can begin accessing member-only benefits all year long! AAHOACON20 will feature all the great educational, networking, and sharing opportunities you’ve come to expect from AAHOA events, so you don’t want to miss it. Registration will take place via MyAAHOA.com, so ensure you have access to your account.

More Relief for Businesses Hit Hard by the Pandemic Still on the Agenda for Congress

The next round of COVID relief legislation will pick up when members return to Washington on July 20, with the goal being to make a decision before the August recess. At least that’s what Congressional leaders and the White House continue to suggest regarding the bipartisan negotiations. Reps. Garret Graves (R-LA) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) also recently introduced the Get America Back to Work Act of 2020, which would create a legal safe harbor for entities acting in good faith to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

According to a statement, “The bipartisan bill protects businesses and their employees from being sued provided they took reasonable steps to comply with the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or appropriate health authorities.”

 

Rep. Lieu Leads 27-member Letter Urging SBA to Allow COVID-19 Expenses Through Loan Program

Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and 26 other members of Congress on Friday sent a letter urging the Small Business Administration to issue clear guidance that recipients of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) loans can count expenses for COVID-19 safety compliance – specifically the CDC recommendations for businesses – as working capital expenditures.

Many responsible owners are working hard to follow public health guidelines and take the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of both their employees and the patrons as small businesses around the country begin modified reopenings. However, the SBA has not provided clear guidelines as to whether EIDL funds can be used for things like plexiglass dividers, which more businesses are using to reopen safely. Read the full letter here.

Join Us Tomorrow – AAHOA Arkansas Region: An Interactive Q&A with Your Regional Director
Join us at 3 p.m. EDT, tomorrow, July 15 for AAHOA Arkansas Region: An Interactive Q&A with Your Regional Director, where Arkansas Regional Director Chintu (Danny) Patel will share what’s top of mind for hoteliers in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic. Are there any topics you’d like to see addressed during the virtual event? Submit your questions in advance here. You don’t want to miss it, so add this event to your calendar ASAP.

Join Us Tomorrow – Getting Back to Business: Discrimination and Other Workplace Concerns
Are you inadvertently discriminating against your older employees, even if you think it’s for benevolent reasons? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently warned employers about this type of unconscious discrimination. It also gave warnings about how to manage pregnant employees, Asian employees, and accommodations for employees who have family members vulnerable to COVID-19.

Join us at 1 p.m. EDT tomorrow, July 15, for Getting Back to Business: Discrimination and Other Workplace Concerns to gain more information on these important issues and how to avoid a discrimination lawsuit. Register now.

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Expedia Survey: 85% of U.S. Travelers Likely to Take a Summer Road Trip

Eighty-five percent of U.S. travelers are likely to take a road trip this summer, but health, safety, and avoiding crowds are more important than price. Those are two of the biggest takeaways from the latest report from Expedia.com. Interest in domestic summer stays is up 10% year-on-year, making up nearly 85% of hotel searches overall in June. However, flexibility is key: 97% of stays booked in June were refundable rates, up nearly 20% year-on-year. Read the full article here.