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Update for Friday, August 7

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.

AAHOA Members,


The 2020 AAHOA Virtual Convention & Trade Show is right around the corner, and as one of the few major industry shows taking place this year, we are thrilled to host you virtually next week. If you register by 11:59 p.m. EDT tonight, you will automatically be entered to win one of six wonderful prizes*.


In addition, I encourage you to visit to verify your account information is up to date (including a unique email address and unique mobile phone number) and to confirm your voting eligibility for the 2020 AAHOA Elections on Tuesday, August 11.

If you have any questions about voting eligibility, please contact a member of our AAHOA team or watch this step-by-step video.


Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, you will next need to download the Voatz app and go through the credentialing process to confirm your identity and get ready to vote. Note that you’ll need to download the app and receive your credentialing confirmation prior to when polls open at 3 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 11. Everything AAHOA Members need to know about participating in the elections can also be found here, including a helpful video, links to download the app, a set of FAQ, and more. For questions about voting eligibility, members can email; for voting support, they should visit or click the "Help" button inside the app to be connected to customer support.


We are thrilled to be coming together next week at AAHOACON20. While not in person, it’s important now, more than ever, that we remain united in our recovery efforts. Thank you for communicating and working with us as we lead our industry during these challenging times.


WSJ: Smaller and Private Hotels Hurry to Raise Cash

Some hotel owners are faced with property sales at discounted prices and expensive financing now that federal aid is poised to expire. Larger hotel owners have drawn down their credit lines and sold bonds, which will help tide them over a volatile recovery, said Robert Webster, vice chairman of CBRE Hotels. But many smaller and private hotel owners are hoping for more government assistance. The lodging industry’s budding recovery in June now looks impeded by the recent rise in coronavirus cases. Read the full article here.


New Tools to Help You Spread the Word About the 2020 Virtual Convention

The 2020 AAHOA Virtual Convention & Trade Show is days away and we’ve developed two new tools to help you get the word out. This graphic will let everybody in your network know where you plan to be August 11-13, so attach it to all your social media posts. AAHOA also now has a Facebook profile frame, so apply it to your profile picture today to show your support.

ICYMI: Help Veterans and Their Families in Need of Re-Housing

Are you interested in receiving financial compensation for hosting U.S. veterans (and perhaps their families) who are in need of rapid rehousing? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families program assists low-income veteran families that are currently in or transitioning to permanent housing. SSVF is designed to rapidly re-house veteran families and prevent homelessness for those at imminent risk due to the current housing crisis. If you’d like to help support our military veterans, fill out this form.


ICYMI: Taxes, Advocacy, Hotelier Updates Top Virtual Event’s Agenda

This week, AAHOA hosted several virtual events - AAHOA Alabama Virtual Event: Property Tax, Washington, D.C. Area Region Virtual Event: The Latest Updates for Hoteliers in the Region, and Florida Region: Advocacy & Tax Updates - designed to give our members the vital information they need to help them on the path to recovery. All of AAHOA's Virtual Events are available in their entirety here.


More COVID-19-Related Webcasts Coming Your Way After AAHOACON20

We’ll return with more webcasts to inform and enlighten after AAHOACON20, which takes place next week on August 11-13. In the meantime, you still can visit our library for hundreds of industry-leading webcasts from the past few months. And make sure you’re registered for our virtual convention to get the latest updates and learning opportunities from AAHOA next week. “See” you there!


The HOPE Act: Congressmen Introduce Bill to Provide Relief for Those with CMBS Debt

Congressmen Van Taylor (R-TX-03), Al Lawson (D-FL-05), and Andy Barr (R-KY-06) recently introduced legislation in the House to provide economic support to the commercial real estate (CRE) market, especially for businesses with CMBS debt. “The COVID-19 economic downturn has created a terrible crisis for thousands of small business owners who depend on hotel and travel industries,” AAHOA President & CEO Cecil P. Staton said. “The HOPE Act will provide hotel owners with liquidity when they need it most.”


Eligible Voters: Download the Voatz App + New How-to Infographic!

The virtual election for the 2020-21 Board of Directors is four days away and in order for you to be able to vote, you will need to ensure eligibility (watch this new video to show you how) in MyAAHOA and then download the Voatz app to your smartphone. In order to participate, you will need to download the app prior to polls opening at 3 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 11. Make sure you have confirmed your unique email address and phone number in MyAAHOA. Want to know how to do it? Access this infographic that will walk you through the five steps needed to get ready to cast your vote.


The PPP Closes Tomorrow; Get Your Application in Now

The highly popular PPP closes again on tomorrow, August 8, so it’s vital to submit an application if you’re still in need of a PPP loan. The PPP was passed by Congress as a part of the CARES Act to offer relief to small business owners damaged by the COVID-19 and was later amended by the PPP Flexibility Act. See an updated FAQ about the program here and a recent summary of the lending thus far here.


Coronavirus Relief Package: No Deal in Sight

Ten times over the past two weeks, Congressional Democrats and the White House have met to try to reach a deal on a new coronavirus relief package. And 10 times, those meetings have yielded little outcomes. After a three-hour meeting Thursday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin emerged to say they had made progress on small-bore items but remain trillions of dollars apart on an overall package. So, for now, there won’t be another COVID-19 stimulus bill, and now both sides will have to figure out how to position themselves amid the rubble of what might be Congress’ biggest swing and miss in a decade.


Today Is the Last Day to Take Advantage of Our AAHOACON20 Sweepstakes!
There are only hours left to be automatically entered to win one of six fabulous prizes when you register for the 2020 AAHOA Virtual Convention & Trade Show! The grand-prize winner will receive four FREE nights of hotel accommodations at one of our host hotels at AAHOACON21, while five runners-up will be able to earn their Certificate in Hotel OwnershipTM (CHO) for FREE. But you have only until 11:59 p.m. tonight!* So, don’t wait – REGISTER NOW!

*Subject to terms and conditions. Official rules can be found at