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Update for Thursday, May 28

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

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  • Coalition Letter: AAHOA joins coalition to advise House against emergency OSHA order
  • Action Alert: House approves PPP changes; urges Senate leaders to support this legislation
  • FEMA: In advance of predicted worse-than-usual hurricane season, FEMA releases operational guidance
  • AAHOA Webcast: Learn how to minimize the risk of water-borne illnesses in your building’s water system
  • Webinar: Prepare your property for the worse-than-usual hurricane season being forecasted
  • Hospitality Net: Compilation of the new cleaning protocols released by brands and associations
  • Knowland: Recovery dashboard lets you know how your hotel stacks up against others
  • IDeaS: Revenue management guide helps you prepare to reopen
  • HotStats: Outlook still grim, but there are small signs of recovery on the horizon
  • Infographic: Though they’re still hurting, independent hotels outpacing the
  • #AAHOASTRONG: Niraj Dhanani, Arizona hoteliers donate funds to frontline workers

AAHOA, Coalition for Workplace Safety Send Letter on OSHA Guidance Considerations

AAHOA, as a part of the Coalition for Workplace Safety (CWS), today sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections to advise against requiring OSHA to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The letter advises that instead, OSHA should continue with its current approach of issuing industry-specific guidance based on the latest information from the CDC, which provides a more nimble and effective solution than issuing a rigid, one-size-fits-all standard.

House Approves Changes to Paycheck Protection Program: Urge Congressional Leaders to Support the PPP Flexibility Act

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass bipartisan legislation, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act, that makes favorable changes to the PPP. The vote was nearly unanimous at 417-1. It’s imperative we make our voices heard as this legislation heads to the Senate. Encourage Congress to support the PPP Flexibility Act now. We need you to sign this letter to your representatives and senators urging them to support the legislation.

The PPP Flexibility Act would give small businesses more time to use their PPP loans by extending the eight-week period in which they have to use the funds to qualify for loan forgiveness to 24 weeks. It also provides more flexibility by changing the ratio of payroll costs; the new ratio would set limits for at least 60% of funds to be used on payroll and no more than 40% on other costs. In addition, the legislation would allow businesses that receive PPP loan forgiveness to defer payroll taxes.


FEMA Announces Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season

In response to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting a worse-than-usual hurricane season this year, FEMA has released a “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season” to help emergency managers and public health officials best prepare for natural disasters even as the continue to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidance describes anticipated challenges posed by the pandemic, highlights planning considerations based on current challenges, includes checklists and resources to support emergency managers’ planning, and more.

Join Us to Learn How to Protect Your Building’s Water System from Pathogens

Stagnant or standing water in the plumbing systems of closed or reduced-occupancy buildings can increase the risk for growth and spread of Legionella and other biofilm-associated bacteria. Join us 1-1:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow, May 29 for Hotel Owners & COVID: 8 Steps to Minimize Legionella Risk Before Your Property Fully Reopens to learn how to ensure your water system is safe to use after a prolonged shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other water-borne illnesses. Register now.

Hurricane Season Shaping Up To Be a Rough One. Is Your Hotel Prepared?
Just as the hospitality industry is slowly starting to reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a worse-than-usual hurricane season, with three to six major hurricanes forecasted. Join the U.S. Small Business Administration at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 9 for the “Get your Business Ready for Severe Weather – How to Prepare, Respond & Recover” webinar to help you be prepared to protect your employees, yourself, and your business in the event of a major weather event.


COVID-19 Resource: Global Brands, Associations Introduce New Cleaning Standards

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, major brands, associations, and destinations have all instituted new cleaning standards and protocols designed to protect guests and employees. Hospitality Net has compiled a list of these initiatives, which seek to change industry norms, behaviors, and standards to ensure both guests and employees feel confident in the cleanliness and safety of hotels once travel resumes.

AAHOA is a proud contributor to the Safe Stay guidelines, Travel in the New Normal guidelines, as well as those set forth by the International Franchise Association.


Knowland Recovery Dashboard Lets Hoteliers Get a Leg Up on the Competition

How does your hotel stack up against the competition, both locally and nationally? The Knowland Recovery Dashboard lets you see your position compared to local and/or national markets and helps you make informed decisions on strategies to accelerate business growth. It provides hotel benchmarking, immediate action plans, and predictive industry data to help you jumpstart your recovery.


IDeaS Revenue Management Guide Helps You Prepare to Reopen Your Business

Businesses are beginning to reopen as the nation moves into the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. But are you ready? Have you done the necessary research to prepare for when businesses actually reopen? IDeaS, a revenue management software company, has put together a guide of revenue management recommendations that assess the market recovery trends and help prepare your business to return to operations.

HotStats: Despite Dismal Global Data, There Are Signs of Recovery on the Horizon

April continued the free fall of global hotel revenue and profit performance that was depicted in March data, marked by dramatic year-over-year decreases across the operating spectrum, according to data from HotStats. The data benchmarking company believes month-to-month performance measurement may be more reliable in tracking a rebound during the COVID-19 era, signs of which are slowly emerging out of China and suggestive that other global pockets are a month out from an eventual upswing.


Infographic: Though Still Struggling, Independent Hotels Outpace U.S. Market

Despite taking a major hit when COVID-19 struck, just like the hospitality industry at large, the latest data from STR indicates that independent properties are outperforming U.S. averages, according to a report in Hotel News Now. U.S. independent hotels posted an overall occupancy of 26.3% in April, whereas the national average for all hotels was 24.5%. The independent sector also is slightly ahead on a RevPAR basis, at $18.14, compared to the national average for all hotels ($17.93), although independents trail the national average in terms of ADR ($68.86 vs. $73.23).


Lifetime Member Niraj Dhanani, Arizona Hoteliers Donate to Frontline Workers

Lifetime Member Niraj Dhanani and a group of friends and hoteliers in Phoenix, AZ, stepped up to raise funds in order to help the frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubbing themselves the Arizona Hotel/Motel Owners Group, they donated $24,000 to Maricopa County ValleyWise Health and Professional Firefighters of Arizona. “We needed to unite as a group to collectively make a positive impact in our local community,” said Dhanani, of AP Hospitality.

“This was just a small way for us to show appreciation to all our heroes on the front line. We truly appreciate all our supporters and generous donors making this possible. Our original goal was to donate supplies, but later found out that donating money can go lot further for their immediate needs and allowing them to buy the supplies at a much lower cost.” AAHOA lauds and thanks to Dhanani for truly embodying what it means to be #AAHOASTRONG.