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Update for Wednesday, September 9

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

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Senate’s ‘Skinny Plan’ Would Address Hoteliers’ Concerns, But Support May Be Lacking

As Congress reconvenes this week, Senate Republicans have introduced a new bill, the “Skinny Plan,” that would address some of hoteliers’ concerns. Deliberations on the proposal are expected in the Senate this week, but Democrats, the House have already expressed reluctance on this idea. There also is word that there might not be enough support in the Senate either; however, it might be the catalyst to getting the discussions moving again.

Beyond what is in the bill, hoteliers’ most pressing priorities for inclusion focus on banking relief: additional forbearance for conventional lenders, relief for CMBS borrowers, and ensuring PPP funds can be used to offset additional mortgage obligations, as well as property taxes. Other priorities include:

  • Second round of PPP funds for businesses with a loss of at least 35% in Q1 or Q2 of 2020 compared to 2019, up to $2 million
  • Inclusion into PPP for Destination Marketing Organizations
  • Limited, targeted liability protection for COVID-related personal injury claims against businesses that make reasonable efforts to follow public health guidelines, with exceptions for bad actors engaged in gross negligence or willful misconduct
  • Extension of unemployment compensation at $300/week (down from $600) through the end of this year

FEMA Releases COVID-19 Supplement Regarding Evacuations and Shelter-in-Place
FEMA released a planning supplement to help communities plan for evacuations and shelter-in-place operations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. The “COVID-19 Supplement for Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place” supports and builds off of “Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place,” released in 2019.

As communities continue to face threats and hazards that may warrant the use of these protective actions, many jurisdictions across the nation also are facing widespread concerns and impacts due to COVID-19. The supplement provides COVID-19-related questions to key principles and critical considerations from the 2019 “Planning Considerations: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place. To download the document, please visit

Tomorrow’s Southwest Region Virtual Event: Property Tax Sponsored by O’Connor & Associates

Join us tomorrow as O'Connor & Associates updates AAHOA Members on what they need to know regarding property taxes in the COVID-19 era. At 4 p.m. EDT on September 10, Southwest Regional Director Imesh Vaidya will host Southwest Region Virtual Event: Property Tax Sponsored by O’Connor & Associates. Guests will be O’Connor & Associates’ Director of National Hotel Property Tax Andrew Choy and Director of National Commercial Property Tax Abraham Tieh. You don’t want to miss this, so add to your calendar now!


Register Now: Hotel Optimization, Part 2 - Day 1 Gets Underway Tomorrow!

Chairman Biran Patel, Vice Chair Vinay Patel, and Treasurer Nishant (Neal) Patel will join a host of other industry experts tomorrow for Day 1 of Hotel Optimization 2: A Virtual Event. The two-day event, held in partnership with AAHOA, brings together hospitality leaders to address current hurdles facing the industry in the era of COVID-19. Biran’s panel, “Elevating Employee Well-being” will look at how hotels and hotel companies can help their staff members deal with physical and mental stress brought on by the pandemic.

Neal will discuss what technological features are must-have vs. nice-to-have and how to pay for it during the “Taking Technology to the Next Level” panel. During Day 2 on September 24, Vinay will examine whether brands are upholding their pandemic-inspired promises on the “Is Your Brand Promise Squeaky Clean?” panel, while Biran will look at whether hotels will return to the perceived security the OTAs and the costs that entailskeep faith with the direct drive as the battle for fewer guests gets underway during the “Being Direct About Distribution” panel. You don’t have to have attended Day 1 to attend Day 2. Just go to to view session descriptions and register for your FREE pass!


Tomorrow’s Webcasts: How to Secure Future Business and Recovery Program to Help the Industry on Tap

As the hospitality industry heads into recovery, competition for new business is as fierce as ever. Join us at 1 p.m. EDT tomorrow, September 10 for Getting Back to Business: How Hotels Can Prospect in Today's Landscape and Win Future Business. Industry experts as they will share opportunities and strategies for hoteliers to bulk up their pipeline and secure future business in this new era of hoteling.

Then, at 3 p.m., tune in for Getting Back to Business: Restoring Travel, Together to learn more about the recovery program Expedia Group launched to help hoteliers, destinations, and the industry overall, and hear some results they’re already seeing. Don’t miss out, register now!


HotStats: 6 Ways to Turn a Crisis into an Opportunity

When a crisis strikes an industry, as the COVID-19 has struck the travel and tourism sector, the immediate reaction is to hunker down to reduce damage and mitigate losses. So, it’s easy to overlook the opportunities a crisis can generate. As a hotelier, you don’t have to sit back and absorb financial hits. There are ways to go on the offense. If you can quickly adjust to the new conditions, you’ll be set up to outdo the competition. HotStats has picked out six ways to transform unexpected market turns into profit and exit a crisis in a stronger financial position than ever. Read the full article here.