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Update for Friday, August 28

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

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AAHOA Members,


Yesterday morning, Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana and Texas, resulting in immeasurable destruction and tragic loss of life. Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this catastrophic event. Know that AAHOA is here to help. Contact us at if we can be of assistance.

August comes to a close, negotiations in Washington, D.C. over the price tag of the next COVID-19 relief package remain in a deadlock.
Congress will not return from the August recess until September 8. In the meantime, I encourage all AAHOA Members to contact your legislators, and urge them to support our industry priorities.

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


Time’s Running Out to Register for the Southwest Region Charity Golf Tournament!

It’s not too late to sign up for the Southwest Region Charity Golf Tournament! So many of us are looking forward to getting out and networking in person, and this golf tournament, to be held September 9 in Albuquerque, NM, will be a great opportunity to safely do just that. Register today for this can’t-miss event. The tournament is capped at 50 players and registration closes September 4, so don’t wait! Sign up today as a player or a sponsor!


Upcoming Webinar: Unplugged with JF Capital Advisors, Part 3

How should hotel owners and asset managers be approaching the next six months moving into 2021? What is happening with the second wave of forbearance requests? Tune in at 12 noon EDT Thursday, September 3 for Unplugged with JF Capital Advisors, Part 3 to hear finance experts answer these and other burning questions that are top of mind for hotel owners and developers. Don’t miss it! Register now.


ICYMI: Wednesday’s Virtual Event: AAHOA Florida Region – An Interactive Q&A with Your Regional Director

Newly elected Florida Regional Director Rahul Patel met with AAHOA Secretary and former Florida Regional Director Bharat Patel and the AAHOA Government Affairs and Franchise Relations teams this past Wednesday. They discussed Florida-specific advocacy efforts and other issues that are top of mind for hoteliers in the region. If you missed it, you can watch the on-demand video here.


ICYMI: Tuesday’s Virtual Event: Navigating the Road to Recovery in a Post-COVID-19 World – A Conversation with Radisson Hotel Group

Washington DC Area Regional Director Sandip Patel hosted a live virtual event with Radisson Hotel Group on Tuesday. Patel was joined by CEO Jim Alderman, COO Aly El-Bassuni, CDO Phil Hugh, and AAHOA Vice Chair and Radisson owners Vinay Patel and Ankit Panchal. Stephanie Ricca from Hotel News Now moderated. If you missed this event, you can watch the on-demand video here.


SBA, Treasury Release Additional Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program Policy

On Monday, the Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department released the Interim Final Rule - Treatment of Owners and Forgiveness of Certain Nonpayroll Costs. The purpose is to provide additional guidance concerning the ownership percentage that triggers the applicability of the five owner compensation rule for forgiveness purposes and more. For more info and updates, visit or


Coming Up Next Week: Addressing Hotel Violence, Managing Guest Behavior, and More on Tap

Join us at 3 p.m. EDT Monday, August 31 for Getting Back to Business: Get Ahead of Hotel Violence with Hotel Threat Intelligence to learn from a threat analyst how to recognize the signs and how to address hotel violence. Then, at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, September 1, tune in for Getting Back to Business: Managing Guest Behavior Amid COVID-19 and National Protests to learn key strategies for confronting noncompliant guests and de-escalating tense situations.

AAHOA has educated 30,000+ to date through the more-than 160 webcasts in our library. Be sure to take full advantage of this valuable and FREE resource.

Tulsa Hoteliers Join Nationwide Call for Congress to Pass HOPE Act

AAHOA Member Pete Patel is leading a contingent of Oklahoma hoteliers calling for Congress to act quickly and pass the HOPE Act as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on. Patel's company, Promise Hotels, owns and operates a dozen hotels in the Tulsa area, but even a successful business like his is having a tough time. “You either invest now, or you're going to pay the price later, with greater unemployment and many failed businesses littering the Main Streets of America," AAHOA President & CEO Cecil P. Staton said. Read the full article here, then do your part by sending a letter to Congress.


Congress Is in Recess, But We Need Your Help to Keep Pushing for Relief for Hoteliers

Congress is officially on recess through Labor Day, but AAHOA is strongly positioned to continue pushing to have our policy priorities included in both the HEROES Act and the HEALS Act. But we must continue to ensure that when a final relief package is passed, it includes relief and protection for the hotel industry. You can help our advocacy efforts by sending a letter to your representative to make sure they prioritize hotel owners.


Hurricane Laura Slams Into Louisiana, Leaving 6 Dead and Widespread Devastation

After making landfall early Thursday morning as one of the strongest storms on record to hit the the U.S., Hurricane Laura has now weakened into a tropical depression, but not before leaving at least six people dead and a trail of widespread destruction in its wake. Though Laura has been downgraded, forecasters warn that tornadoes and flooding are still a threat, so continue to monitor if you are in the affected areas. To our members who may have been impacted, our thoughts are with you, and know that AAHOA is here to help. Contact us at or 404-816-5759 if we can be of assistance.


Next Week’s Virtual Event: Navigating the Road to Recovery in a Post-COVID-19 World – A Conversation with Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Join us at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, September 2 as Washington DC Area Regional Director Sandip Patel hosts a live virtual event with Best Western Hotels & Resorts. He will be joined by COO Ron Pohl, CDO Brad LeBlanc, Senior VP and CMO Dorothy Dowling, and BW owners and AAHOA Directors Nimisha Patel and Sawan H. Patel. HotStats’ David Eisen will moderate. Have questions for the featured guests? Email your questions at least 24 hours in advance to Add this event to your calendar now.