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Update for Friday, August 21

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

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AAHOA Members,


Last week, I was proud to see the hospitality industry rally together during the 2020 AAHOA Virtual Convention & Trade Show. We are all united on the road to recovery, and it was truly an honor to connect, learn, and forge the future of our association and industry throughout AAHOACON20. It was certainly not what I expected for my first AAHOA convention, but the tireless work of our AAHOA team and volunteer leaders, commitment from AAHOA partners, and the incredible engagement from AAHOA Members made it possible despite the unusual circumstances.

I’m already looking forward to joining you all in person at next year’s convention in Dallas, May 4-7.


Earlier this week, I joined Michael Bull, host of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show, to discuss AAHOACON20, CMBS loans, and upcoming AAHOA events. You can listen to this episode here. We also hosted a virtual event with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts that you can playback here, and have another on the slate next week with Radisson Hotel Group. AAHOA is continuing to produce industry-leading webcasts, virtual events, and educational resources for you and your business. All of our past and upcoming webcasts are available here, and all of our other content is readily available in our COVID-19 resource center.


AAHOA is here for you every step of the way, and I want to thank you for communicating and working with us as we lead our industry during these challenging times.


Cecil P. Staton

AAHOA President & CEO


Hotel Owners Brace for a ‘Bumpy’ Road Ahead As Fallout from COVID-19 Continues

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the U.S. in earnest in March, Ridgemont Hospitality CEO Sima Patel planned for a roughly three-month disruption. But the disruptions continue five months later. “We thought ‘We’ll be out of this in 90 days,’” she said in the “Hotelier Insights: Recovery and Looking Past the Pandemic” session during the 2020 AAHOA Virtual Convention & Trade Show last week. “We planned according to that. We started with RevPAR dropping by 85% (year-over-year) to now we are seeing about 59%, which is good.” Read the full Hotel News Now article here.


AAHOA President & CEO Featured on America's Commercial Real Estate Show

Host Michael Bull welcomed 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 shared highlights of AAHOA’s first virtual convention and trade show. He also shared his thoughts on CMBS loans and discussed upcoming events AAHOA has planned. In case you missed it, you can watch the on-demand video here.


AAHOA Chairman Biran Patel Among the Featured Guests on AREAA Webinar

AAHOA Chairman Biran Patel shared his insights on AREAA Commercial Webinar: Hospitality Focus on Thursday. AAREA spoke with Patel and other hospitality industry leaders to gain a better understanding of the current situation in the hospitality market with a focus on the AAPI community. The discussion covered how hotel owners are adjusting to the new normal, what franchises are doing to assist owners and ensure a safe guest experience, and more.


Register Now for 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. Attendees 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. Registration is free, so sign up now.


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

AAHOA has four webcasts lined up next week to give you the tools you need to continue down the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Register now to take advantage of these offerings.

Register Now for These COVID-19 Webcasts on the Schedule for Next Week


Coming Up Next Week! A Live Virtual Event with Radisson Hotel Group

Join us at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, August 25 as Washington DC Area Regional Director Sandip Patel hosts Navigating the Road to Recovery in a Post-COVID-19 World: A Conversation with Radisson Hotel Group. Patel will be joined by AAHOA Vice Chair and Radisson owner Vinay Patel, CEO Three 65 Hospitality and Radisson owner Ankit Panchal, as well as Phil Hugh (Chief Development Officer, Americas at Radisson Hotel Group), Aly El-Bassuni (Chief Operating Officer, Americas at Radisson Hotel Group), and Jim Alderman, (Chief Executive Officer, Americas at Radisson Hotel Group).

Stephanie Ricca, Editorial Director at Hotel News Now, will moderate. You don’t want to miss the chance to hear directly from Radisson executives on the state of the industry and how they’re navigating the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Have questions for Radisson’s featured guests? Email your questions at least 24 hours in advance to Add this event to your calendar now.

ICYMI: Navigating the Road to Recovery in a Post-COVID-19 World – A Conversation with Wyndham Hotels

On Wednesday, Washington DC Area Regional Director Sandip Patel hosted Navigating the Road to Recovery in a Post-COVID-19 World – A Conversation with Wyndham Hotels. The virtual event included leaders from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, where they covered what they’ve done so far amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including conversations around F&B, assessing the state of the business, how Wyndham is helping owners navigate complex situations around liability protections and insurance clauses, and other topics intended for Wyndham owners. If you missed it, we encourage you to watch the on-demand video here.


AAHOA, Nearly 4,000 Hospitality Leaders Petition Congress for Immediate Help for Hoteliers

On Tuesday, AAHOA joined nearly 4,000 hotel industry leaders in sending a letter to Congress urging immediate action to help hotels avoid foreclosure and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs. The letter highlighted the fact that the hospitality industry has lost 4.8 million jobs since February and that the economic impact to the industry is estimated to be nine times greater than September 11. In addition to seeking relief for individuals impacted by the pandemic, AAHOA also petitioned for commercial debt relief. Read the full letter here.


AAHOA Members, Urge Legislators to Return to Work, Pass a COVID-19 Relief Package NOW

The House announced on Monday that it intends to come back into session this weekend. While in session, the House may vote on some level of coronavirus relief as well. Senate Republicans also were expected to introduce a scaled-back stimulus bill. AAHOA Members, we must keep our voices loud and consistent and our policy priorities front and center as the House returns to Washington and also urge the Senate to come back to the table to complete and pass a relief package. You can do your part by immediately urging your representative to support hotel industry priorities.


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

Anthony Melchiorri recently 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. He also urged lawmakers to take substantive measures to help hoteliers by enacting measures to aid hoteliers during this liquidity crisis. Watch the full video here.