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Update for Monday, August 17

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.



Hotel Impossible Host Anthony Melchiorri Appeals to Congress on Behalf of Hoteliers

Anthony Melchiorri, CEO of Argeo Hospitality and host of Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible, appealed to Congress in a video message on August 13 to address the liquidity crisis facing the nation's hotel owners as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The men and women I work with every day, like the hotel owners at AAHOA, are facing a dire financial crisis that threatens to shutter thousands of businesses across the country,” said Melchiorri, host of the hospitality industry’s top podcast, Anthony Melchiorri Live.

“Congress needs to do right by these small businesses and help preserve the millions of jobs they create." Melchiorri urged lawmakers to take substantive measures to help hoteliers by enacting measures such as a second round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), banking relief for holders of commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) loans, access to the Main Street Lending Program for commercial real estate, and increased resources for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. See the full video here.

GSA Keeps Per Diem Rates for 2021 at Same Level As 2020 Rates

The General Service Administration on Friday released the FY2021 per diem rates for government travel within the continental United States. While there had been concern within the hospitality industry that the FY2021 rates might be updated to reflect a COVID-19 landscape, the announcement by GSA revealed per diem rates at the same level as FY2020: $96 for the standard lodging rate and $55 for meal and incidental expenses (M&IE).

The per diem rates are the maximum allowances that federal employees are reimbursed for expenses incurred while on official travel in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia.

AAHOA President & CEO to be Guest on America's Commercial Real Estate Show

Host Michael Bull will welcome AAHOA President & CEO Cecil P. Staton as a featured guest on America’s Commercial Real Estate Show on Wednesday, August 19. Fresh off a wildly successful AAHOACON20, Staton will share highlights of AAHOA’s first virtual convention and trade show. He also will share his thoughts on CMBS loans and discuss upcoming events AAHOA has planned. You don’t want to miss this, so be sure to tune in!


This Week’s Virtual Event: Navigating the Road to Recovery in a Post-COVID-19 World – A Conversation with Wyndham Hotels

Join us at 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, as Washington DC Area Regional Director Sandip Patel hosts Navigating the Road to Recovery in a Post-COVID-19 World – A Conversation with Wyndham Hotels. Patel will welcome Kitty Singh, Wyndham Owner; Jay Patel, Wyndham Owner; Mike Mueller, President, Super 8 by Wyndham and Brand Operations;

Lina Patel, AAHOA Female Director Eastern Division; Scott LePage, President, The Americas, Wyndham; Lisa Checchio, CMO, Wyndham; Krishna Paliwal, President, LaQuinta by Wyndham; Shilpan Patel, SVP Franchise Services; Tracy Ripa, SVP North America Operations, Wyndham; and Allen Rolleri, Group Publisher, Hotel Business (Moderator). You can mail your questions in advance to Don’t miss it, add this event to your calendar today!

Tomorrow's Webcast: Getting Back to Business – Refinancing or Restructuring Debt Amid COVID-19

Hotel owners, are you aware of your options on when to refinance or if debt restructuring is a better alternative? If not, join us at 1 p.m. tomorrow, August 18 for Getting Back to Business – Refinancing or Restructuring Debt Amid COVID-19. This timely webcast takes an in-depth look at when to seek and how to approach both options for CMBS, Bridge, and bank loans.

Additionally, hear how to approach each process and what loans qualify for restructuring. Learn about recent legislative efforts to provide relief for borrowers and get expert advice on choosing the right path for your business. Register now.


HotStats: Sales and Marketing Tips That Can Help Save the Hotel Industry

Hotel profits have taken a beating this year, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially within the conference business, a traditionally bustling moneymaker for hotels. However, according to HotStats, sitting on your hands and simply waiting for it to blow over is a huge mistake. Sales and marketing can be used to greet guests online to stay connected and spark future business, and HotStats has some tips to help you do just that.