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Update for Thursday, July 23

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

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Industry Giants Harris Rosen and Horst Schulze Set to Appear at the 2020 Convention

AAHOA is proud to announce the appearance of two visionary hospitality legends – Harris Rosen and Horst Schulze – at this year’s 2020 AAHOA Virtual Convention & Trade Show on August 11-13. Rosen, President & COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts and the largest independent hotelier in Florida, will share how the industry can recover from COVID-19, his path to becoming a hospitality industry leader, his commitment to the future of our industry, and so much more.

A philanthropist as well as an entrepreneur, Rosen has funded countless scholarships and education opportunities and continually supports both local and national charitable foundations. In addition, he founded the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida (UCF) that opened in 2004.

Schulze, who will be interviewed by Noble Investment Group CEO Mit Shah, will share his take on the current state of the industry and how standards of excellence for guest service and satisfaction are more important now than ever before. Schulze is one of the founding members of The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company. He created the operating and service standards the brand is world famous for, and it was under his leadership that The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company was twice awarded the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, making it the only hotel company to ever win the honor. Today, Schulze serves on various boards and acts as a consultant across industries. He is currently completing his seminal book on creating excellence. You do not want to miss this, so register now!

New AAHOA/P&G Professional’s Sanitization and Cleanliness Program Off to a Rousing Start
More than 100 people so far made their hotels safer and more attractive to guests and employees by taking the AAHOA/P&G Professional’s Training in Hotel Sanitization and Cleanliness. This FREE all-new, all-digital program, created by AAHOA in partnership with P&G Professional, is designed to teach hoteliers what they need to know about sanitization, including infection prevention and control, high-touch points, sanitizing soft surfaces, and more.

The program also features a helpful Resources Guide. Don’t get left behind! Make sure your property is ready to compete. Take the training today and access our new infographic for more information.

Government Report: 1.4 Million Workers File New Claims for State Unemployment Benefits
The U.S. government reported on Thursday that more than 1.4 million workers filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week, the first time that the weekly tally has risen in more than three months. The upturn, from about 1.3 million in the two preceding weeks, comes just days before an extra $600-a-week jobless benefit is set to expire. “At this stage, you’re seeing all the wrong elements for recovery,” Gregory Daco, the chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics, said.

“A deteriorating health situation, a weakening labor market, and a softening path for demand.” An additional 975,000 claims were filed last week by freelancers, part-time workers, and others who do not qualify for regular state jobless aid but are eligible for benefits under an emergency federal program, the Labor Department said. Unlike the state figures, that number is not seasonally adjusted. Read the full report here.

ICYMI – Virtual Event: Proper Hotel Disinfecting and Instilling Consumer Confidence with AAHOA Club Blue Partner Ecolab

Are you confident your hotel is properly cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected well enough to safely welcome back employees and guests? If you can’t answer that question with an unequivocable and emphatic “Yes!” you need to watch this on-demand video of yesterday’s virtual event hosted by Upper Midwest Regional Director Kalpesh Joshi.

In it, a panel of experts from AAHOA Club Blue member Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene, and infection prevention solutions and services, shared their expertise on hotel disinfecting, best practices, and how to move forward to create consumer confidence at your property. This is information you need to be able to confidently open your doors to welcome back employees and travelers. Watch now.


U.S. Hindu Alliance Pays Tribute to Congressman John Lewis

The U.S. Hindu Alliance yesterday paid tribute to legendary civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, who passed away on July 17 at age 80. Rajeev Menon, VP of USHA, opened the video tribute by lauding Lewis, who spent more than 50 years of his life fighting for the rights of African Americans and other disenfranchised people. Menon was the first of more than 15 speakers, including AAHOA Chairman Biran Patel, who weighed in on the legacy of Lewis. “America is profoundly richer for Rep. John Lewis’ service and sacrifice in Congress,” Patel said.

“His life inspired change on a multitude of levels. As a civil rights leader, he helped broaden our common path forward as people and as a nation.” The son of sharecroppers, Lewis was only 23 years old when he delivered his iconic keynote speech standing next to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the historic 1963 March on Washington.

Join Us: Getting Back to Business -- Navigating Insurance Claims in a Post-COVID World

Undoubtedly, hotel owners are needing to file numerous and varied insurance claims because of the COVID-29 pandemic. But do you really know how best to go about it to ensure your claim has the best chance of being approved? Join us at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 28 for Getting Back to Business -- Navigating Insurance Claims in a Post-COVID World to learn insurance basics that pertain to the hospitality industry and receive tips on navigating your insurance claims in a post-COVID world.

Working with insurance claim experts will help you have a better understanding of how to prepare detailed claims and negotiate for expeditious and equitable recovery with insurance carrier(s). Register now.