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Update for Friday, July 31

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

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AAHOA Members,

For the past several months, our Board, Ambassadors, Committees, members, team, and coalition partners have been pushing for relief for hoteliers with CMBS loans and to address the larger debt crisis in the lodging industry.

Today, Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID)
sent this letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Powell and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin urging their expansion or creation of a facility to address the needs of our industry.


The proposed program would create a federally guaranteed preferred equity facility that would provide liquidity without undertaking additional debt. Ultimately, this approach would avoid breaching CMBS covenants and create a much-needed lifeline. Non-CMBS borrowers could also take advantage of this program. This is the relief we have been seeking and it is because of the steadfast efforts from our industry and association, which have been exceptional. AAHOA Members should take pride in your efforts, which brought your voices to Capitol Hill during this most trying crisis.

To be sure, this is not the end of the fight. We must continue to press during negotiations and continue to raise the profile of our industry to ensure these programs are developed quickly. It will also not solve all our problems. But today’s letter is a critical step in action to help hoteliers who have largely been dealing with considerable uncertainty. I look forward to continuing our efforts moving forward.

In addition, after four days of negotiating the next COVID-19 economic stimulus bill, Congress has yielded little progress toward a bipartisan bill. The August recess is scheduled to begin next week but the slow pace of negotiations could have lawmakers staying close to D.C. as Democratic and Republican leadership seek to strike a deal. As Congress continues to debate over the stimulus package, AAHOA still needs you to take action and urge your elected officials to support our industry priorities before it’s too late.


Cecil P. Staton

AAHOA President & CEO

AAHOA’s First In-person Event in Several Months Taking Place Tomorrow

Tomorrow and Sunday, North Carolina Regional Director Akshat Patel and local host Jay Trini Patel will host the 2020 Charlotte Charity Golf Tournament, where AAHOA Chairman Biran Patel, Vice Chair Vinay Patel, and President & CEO Cecil P. Staton will be in attendance. This is AAHOA's first in-person event in several months, with two fun-filled days of competitive golf benefiting 11 charities – all to bring members together to network and support their communities. Thank you to Akshat Patel and Jay Trini Patel for helping to ensure this event is a great success!


ICYMI: This Week’s Virtual Events to Help Hoteliers Along the Path to Recovery

This week, AAHOA hosted three virtual events – ​AAHOA Independent Hoteliers Virtual Event: Revenue Management, Navigating the Road to Recovery in a Post-COVID-19 World: A Conversation with Choice Hotels, and AAHOA North Pacific Region Hosts: How to Utilize Technology to Ensure Safety – designed to give our members the information they need to continue down the road to recovery. If you were unable to attend live, click here for the on-demand videos.

ICYMI: Check Out This Week’s Webcasts on Demand

Miss one of this week’s webcasts? Click below to play any one of these helpful resources on demand. Our webcast series, is designed to keep you informed and help you determine the next steps for your business. Check out our archives for full array of webcasts at your fingertips.


Four Webcasts Slated for Next Week! Register Now to Secure Your Spot

AAHOA has four webcasts lined up for next week to give our members the tools they need to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Register now to take advantage of these offerings.


AAHOA President & CEO: America’s Hotel Owners Optimistic About HOPE Act

AAHOA President & CEO Cecil P. Staton issued a statement on Wednesday in response to the introduction of the Helping Open Properties Endeavor (HOPE) Act of 2020, a bill to provide relief to small businesses, like hotels, that hold commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) loans.


Action Alert: Tell Congress to Prioritize Hotels in the Next Stimulus Package

Senate Republicans released their COVID-19 economic stimulus package on Monday. Negotiations are underway as lawmakers seek common ground between the GOP’s HEALS Act and the Democrats’ HEROES Act. (Compare the two here.) AAHOA remains committed to promoting our industry priorities that address the needs of hotel owners. Congress has indicated it plans to pass another stimulus package before its upcoming August recess, and we need your help to make sure our voice is heard. Take action now before it’s too late.

New AAHOA/P&G Professional’s Sanitization and Cleanliness Program Off to a Strong Start

Join hoteliers across the nation who have 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 hotel sanitization and cleanliness. Take the training today and access our infographic for more information.


World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: Get Trained to ID It and Stop It

Yesterday was World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and as hoteliers, you are in a unique position to be able to identify trafficking and help stop it. To help you do that, AAHOA offers on-demand, fully digital Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) Inhospitable to Human Trafficking Training Sponsored by AAHOA completely FREE to all AAHOA Members and your employees. If you haven't done so already, take the training today.


Just Announced Yesterday! Register for AAHOACON20 by August 7 for a Chance to Win

If you haven't already done so, now is the time to register for AAHOACON20! In addition to all the great programming and top-notch speakers you’ve come to expect from AAHOA, you can now be automatically entered to WIN one of six great prizes if you register by Friday, August 7.* One lucky winner will get four FREE nights of hotel accommodations at AAHOACON21. Five runners-up will be able to earn their Certificate in Hotel OwnershipTM (CHO) for FREE. You now have six chances to win, so don’t put it off – register today!