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Update for Friday, July 17

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

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Access the July Issue of Today’s Hotelier, AAHOA’s Monthly Magazine

The July 2020 issue of Today's Hotelier magazine is now available! In this issue, we continue to explore the impact of COVID-19 on America’s hotel owners as we continue down the path toward recovery. As our industry recovers, AAHOA is bringing you the content that matters as we head toward recovery. Notable articles include, The post-COVID-19 financial impact of reopening the economy; How technology will help hotels restart, run, and grow post-COVID-19; and AAHOA Members look ahead to operating under a new normal. Thank you to our advertisers, whose support helps make this publication possible.


CDC: Toolkit Will Help Families Stay Safe While Traveling in the Age of COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a Toolkit for Domestic Travelers with guidance and tools to help travelers protect themselves, their families, and their communities when they travel. It includes fact sheets about how to stop the spread of the virus, how to protect yourself and others, web resources on how to protect yourself on transportation and traveling overnight, a coronavirus self-checker, social media graphics, PSAs, and more. See the full toolkit here.

ALIS Summer Update Series: AAHOA Chairman a Panelist at Dallas Event on Monday

AAHOA Chairman Biran Patel will be a featured panelist for the final installment of the ALIS Summer Update Series. The event, which is being held 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, July 20, and is co-hosted by AAHOA, will focus on development. Topics to be covered include development pipeline and opportunities, evolving development strategies, capital for development, and more. Register now.


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 recently 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.


Save the Date: Two Can’t-Miss AAHOA Virtual Events on the Slate for Next Week

Join us at 2 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 22 as Upper Midwest Regional Director Kalpesh Joshi hosts Safe to Reopen – Proper Hotel Disinfecting and Instilling Consumer Confidence. Joshi and a panel of experts from AAHOA Club Blue Partner Ecolab will examine hotel disinfecting, best practices, and how to move forward to create consumer confidence at your property. Then, at 2 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 23, Southwest Regional Director Imesh Vaidya will host Southwest Region Virtual Event: What You Need to Know About ADA Lawsuits

He will be joined by Lindsay G. Leavitt, member, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC, and Matthew du Mée of the Office of the Arizona Attorney General, for an informative discussion around the latest ADA implications in the state of Arizona.


Additional Senator Lends Support to RESTART Act to Aid Small, Mid-Size Businesses

U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) just signed onto a bipartisan push to create an additional Main Street business relief program offering long-term loans and flexible forgiveness to help businesses struggling with the impacts of COVID-19. The bipartisan bill would create the RESTART Program, which will provide small and mid-sized businesses with the working capital they need to get through 2020. Notably, it targets businesses that have been hit the hardest and have seen their revenue fall by 25% or more. AAHOA continues to press for these critical changes important to hoteliers as the Senate is set to return to Washington.


White House Eyes Another COVID-Relief Package by August to Help Small Businesses

The White House would like to see Congress pass another COVID-19-relief package before the August recess, lining up with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s timeline. So said Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short in an interview last week. Short also said, in addition to various economic stimulus measures, liability reform was “essential” to fully reopening the economy, though he reiterated that the administration would like to keep the package under $1 trillion.

While Congress is not in session, the House Appropriations Committee is continuing its work on 2021 government spending bills to address the ongoing public health and economic crises.


Register Now for Next Week’s COVID-19 Webcasts on the Schedule

Since March, AAHOA’s educated more than 25,000 individuals with its library of nearly 150 COVID-19-related webcasts. Join us and register now for the following webcasts taking place next week.



Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance Program Runs Out of Money

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program – which provided $10,000 to businesses that applied for an EIDL loan, whether or not the loan itself was approved – is officially out of money, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced on Monday. The advance program had provided grants to businesses since the CARES Act was passed but reached the $20-billion funding limit set by Congress. The end of the grant program, which was among the government’s core responses to help businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, comes as other sources of relief for business owners also are drying up.


Registration Is Now Open for the 2020 AAHOA Virtual Convention & Trade Show!

Registration for the 2020 AAHOA Virtual Convention & Trade Show is now open and it is FREE for all AAHOA Hotelier Members. The event is set for August 11-13, with voting taking place on August 11. The cost for non-members to attend the convention is $199, however, they can join AAHOA and the registration fee will be waived. Because this will be a brand-new experience and to help you prepare to make the most of AAHOACON20, we’ve developed a voting FAQ and compiled other general information. This event will feature all the great educational, networking, and sharing opportunities the industry has come to expect from AAHOA events, so don’t miss it. Register now.