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Update for Thursday, August 20

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.



  • AAHOACON20: Hotel owners turning their sights fully to the future in the new normal
  • Register Now: AAHOA Officers to share their insights at Hotel Optimization, Part 2
  • Tomorrow’s Webcast: Getting Back to Business – Boys Are Human Trafficking Victims Too
  • Fisher Phillips: Flu season, possible COVID-19 vaccine to shine spotlight on workplace vaccination policies
  • STR: U.S. hotel occupancy on the rise, but demand has slowed

With AAHOACON20 Over, Hotel Owners Now Turn Their Sights Fully to the Future in the New Normal

The 2020 AAHOA Virtual Convention & Trade Show is officially in the books. The information discussed by industry leaders in the inaugural virtual convention, covered extensively by Garavi Gujarat Newsweekly from the Asian Media Group, ended on a somber yet ultimately positive note as hotel owners got together to discuss how they plan to adjust to the new normal that is now the U.S. hospitality landscape. Read more coverage about AAHOACON20 from Hotel Management here.

Tune In: AAHOA Officers to Share Their Insights at Hotel Optimization, Part 2

Chairman Biran Patel, Vice Chair Vinay Patel, and Treasurer Nishant (Neal) Patel will join a host of other industry experts at Hotel Optimization 2: A Virtual Event on September 10 and 24. The event, held in partnership with AAHOA, brings together hospitality leaders to address current hurdles facing the industry as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. The panelists will discuss a myriad of topics, including how to help your team deal with increased mental and physical stress, alternative uses for your hotel when occupancy is down,

boosting F&B revenue with meal kits, in-room delivery, and more. Attendees also will have the opportunity to talk strategy with peers in the chat feature, ask speakers questions in the Q&A tab, and download exclusive content created to help them succeed during this difficult time. Registration is free, so sign up now.

Tomorrow’s Webcast – Getting Back to Business: Boys Are Human Trafficking Victims Too

Attention to the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the U.S. has increased significantly over the past two decades, and understandably, most of the focus has been on girls. Conversely, commercially sexually exploited (CSE) boys have barely registered as a blip on the radar. Join us at 1 p.m. EDT tomorrow, August 21 for Getting Back to Business: Boys Are Human Trafficking Victims Too as we take a deep dive into the world of CSE boys and explore the cultural factors at play that make identification so challenging.

You also will learn about the importance of human trafficking awareness training for you and your staff. Q&A is available at the end of the presentation for any questions you may have for the experts. Register now.


Flu Season and Possible COVID-19 Vaccine Will Shine a Spotlight on Workplace Vaccination Policies

As flu season approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, employers’ mandatory vaccination policies may soon become more important than ever. As you seek to balance your duty to maintain a safe workplace and the rights of individual employees, questions abound: Can you enforce mandatory vaccination policies? (In most cases, the answer is “yes.”)

If you mandate flu shots or COVID-19 vaccinations, what specific risks and responsibilities must you consider and address? And finally, is a mandatory vaccination policy the right option for your company? As usual, the answers to these critical questions lie in the details. This Fisher Phillips article will provide you an outline of issues to consider as you answer these questions, along with some recommended best-practice guidance to lead you through these unprecedented times.

STR: U.S. Hotel Occupancy on the Rise, However, Demand Has Slowed

U.S. weekly hotel occupancy hit 50.0% for the first time since mid-March, according to the latest data from STR. U.S. occupancy has risen week over week for 17 of the past 18 weeks, although growth in demand (room nights sold) has slowed. The week ending March 14 was the last with occupancy of at least 50.0%. Aggregate data for the top 25 markets showed lower occupancy (42.2%) and ADR ($99.29) than all other markets.

Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA, was the only one of those major markets to reach a 60% occupancy level (65.3%). See the full report here.