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Update for Thursday, September 10

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.

 

CONTENT FOUND IN THIS UPDATE

 
  • Advocacy: New legal precedent in ADA-based ‘drive-by’ lawsuits may be on the horizon
  • DOL: U.S. jobless claims rise for third straight week in sign of stalling labor market
  • Next Week’s AAHOA Virtual Event: The Latest Updates for Pennsylvania and New Jersey Hoteliers
  • Next Week’s Northwest Region Virtual Event: Property Tax Discussion Sponsored by O'Connor & Associates
  • Biran Patel: AAHOA Chairman to share hotelier’s perspective at NABHOOD, IMN conferences
  • Tomorrow’s Webcast: Getting Back to Business – Considerations and Practicalities for Returning Employees to Work
  • STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending September 5

New Legal Precedent in ADA-based ‘Drive-by’ Lawsuits May Be on the Horizon

AAHOA actively advocates against unscrupulous ADA-based “drive-by” lawsuits at both the state and federal levels. Now, new legal precedent may be on the horizon. Recently, a U.S. district judge in New York ordered a plaintiff to show that she had legal standing to bring an ADA hotel website-accessibility lawsuit to federal court. The court ruled that there were no facts to support the lawsuit and the case was dismissed.

This decision is favorable to hoteliers because it prevents plaintiffs who do not actually seek hotel accommodations from filing a lawsuit claiming ADA violations. While this case is a significant development, it may not apply to you in a different state. AAHOA strongly urges you to check with your website provider, brand, OTA, and/or attorney to make sure your website and reservation system are ADA compliant.

U.S. Jobless Claims Rise for Third Straight Week In Sign of Stalling Labor Market

The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits through state and federal programs rose in early September for the third week in a row, signaling that a gradual improvement in the labor market during the summer has stalled. Initial jobless claims filed traditionally through state employment offices were unchanged at a seasonally adjusted 884,000 in the week of August 30 to September 5, the Labor Department said Thursday. See the full DOL report here.

Next Week’s AAHOA Virtual Event: The Latest Updates for Pennsylvania and New Jersey Hoteliers

Join us at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, September 15 as Young Professionals Director Eastern Division Bhavik Patel hosts AAHOA Virtual Event: The Latest Updates for Pennsylvania and New Jersey Hoteliers. Guests John Longstreet, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, and Marilou Halvorsen, President, NJ Restaurant & Hospitality Association, will update AAHOA Members on issues that are top of mind for local hoteliers.

Don’t miss these important updates, add this event to your calendar now.

 

Next Week’s Northwest Region Virtual Event: Property Tax Discussion Sponsored by O'Connor & Associates

Join us 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 Thursday, September 17, Northwest Regional Director Hiten Patel will host Northwest Region Virtual Event: Property Tax Sponsored by O’Connor & Associates. Guests will be O’Connor & Associates’ Andrew Choy, Director of National Hotel Property Tax, and Abraham Tieh, Director of National Commercial Property Tax.

Northwest Ambassadors Taran Patel (MBA Managing Principal, A-1 Hospitality Group) and Shirin Patel (Principal, Canterbury Group, Inc.) also will be on hand. You don’t want to miss this, so add this event to your calendar now.

 

AAHOA Chairman to Share Hotelier’s Perspective at NABHOOD, IMN Conferences Next Week
AAHOA Chairman Biran Patel will share his insights and expertise from the hotelier’s perspective at both the 2020 NABHOOD Summit (Sept. 14-19) and the IMN Distressed Hotel Forum (Sept. 15). The NABHOOD event is designed to educate attendees, share lodging and industry trends, learn how to market to minorities, and look at diversity issues affecting the industry. Register at NABHOOD.net.

The IMN forum, which will take a deep dive into which models/subtypes are proving more resilient and discuss strategies to help hoteliers and developers protect their portfolios, is free. Click here to register.

Tomorrow’s Webcast: Getting Back to Business – Considerations and Practicalities for Returning Employees to Work

Business recovery remains a constant challenge in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and this includes assessing business operations and bringing employees back to work. For all businesses, ensuring a safe and healthy workplace is a must. With all of these steps comes a whole new set of labor and employment challenges.

 

Hotel Occupancy Up Slightly, Thanks in Part to Labor Day Weekend

Boosted in part by Labor Day weekend, U.S. hotel occupancy increased slightly over the previous week, according to the latest data from STR. Hotel demand grew to 18 million room nights sold (+500,000 week over week). Saturday (September 5) occupancy came in at 69%, just 2.6% less than the comparable Saturday in 2019, and leisure markets that have shown the highest summer occupancy levels reported strong increases from the previous weekend.

At the same time, the markets with the highest occupancy for the week were not leisure destinations. Rather, the high-occupancy markets were those housing displaced residents from Hurricane Laura and the California wildfires. Read the full report here.