Obstacles ahead
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by Carter Davis
3d ago
Hospitality can expect improved 2024, but an unsettled economy keeps the pressure on by STEFAN BURKEY There’s a  lot for the hospitality industry to look forward to throughout 2024, as spending on business travel is expected to finally surpass 2019 levels and the surge in leisure trips is a positive indication. But even so, hospitality businesses should stay cautious. An unsettled economic environment, aggravated by an unsettled political environment in an election year, will keep the pressure on profits. That’s especially likely if inflation doesn’t relent and continues to damper travel ..read more
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AAHOA Honored to Attend White House Celebration of the AANHPI Community’s Contributions to the United States
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by Carter Davis
5d ago
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 14 – AAHOA (Asian American Hotel Owners Association) was honored to participate in a White House reception celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. AAHOA Chairman Miraj S. Patel and President & CEO Laura Lee Blake represented AAHOA at the event. U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris made remarks at the reception, a significant event that underscores the government’s recognition of the AANHPI community. The reception took place in the historic Rose Garden. Last month, the White House Initiative ..read more
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ROOM 441 – The BEO
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by Carter Davis
5d ago
PART OF AN ONGOING SERIES EXPLORING THE (SOMETIMES) LIGHTER SIDE OF A LIFE SPENT WORKING IN A HOTEL. READ EARLIER INSTALLMENTS HERE. by DEVEN MATTHEWS “I just want to confirm we are all set for the meeting tomorrow. It should be under the last name Harris.” Meetings and events can be a daily part of a hotel’s operation. Most hotels offer some kind of meeting space based on the size of the property. Meetings could range from small, executive meetings for five to 10 people up to large events for 2,000-plus. Needs and requirements differ based on the scope and nature of the individual meetin ..read more
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Raise a hand
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by Carter Davis
5d ago
Leadership and the independent hotelier by RAVI B. PATEL An integral component of the hospitality industry is its robust system of vastly different options for guests and properties alike. Despite this wide array of possibilities, as the industry grows and the day-to-day grind continues, it can be challenging for hoteliers to break out of the day-to-day grind, step back, and identify areas of improvement where the overall experience – for staff and guest – is elevated. Within the independent sector, however, taking stock of operational challenges and then implementing new procedures might feel ..read more
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A closer look
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by Carter Davis
6d ago
Examining the power of a spend analysis in the hotel industry by VIGNESH MANI During a much-needed respite between meetings, calls, and planning sessions, Sophia – an always-hustling businesswoman – sat in a cozy café, sipping lattes with a friend. The pair’s conversation wandered, eventually landing on a thought-provoking question: “How often do we undergo health physicals?” Her friend’s swift reply echoed wisdom: “Just like normal physicals, annual health physicals are crucial for our well-being.” This answer lingered, prompting parallels to the business world. Indeed, businesses are living ..read more
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Make it memorable
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by Carter Davis
6d ago
Why unique experiences should be at the forefront of a hotelier’s strategy by JENNIFER BARNWELL The hospitality industry continues to evolve, remains fiercely competitive, and includes almost endless choices for travelers. Amid this dynamic landscape, hoteliers continue to seek ways to innovate their offerings and to provide guests not only with accommodations, but also unforgettable experiences that will stay with them beyond checkout. Travelers are seeking to explore destinations for leisure, wellness and relaxation, and culinary experiences. They’re also venturing into lesser-known, seconda ..read more
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AAHOACON24 For Tomorrow Recap
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by Carter Davis
1w ago
Looking back at the 2024 installment of this industry-leading event by CARTER DAVIS Proving once again the might of the AAHOA network, AAHOACON24 was another entry in the record books, with 7,000-plus registered attendees, 84,500 square feet of exhibit space, 524 exhibitors – the largest number in the event’s history – and 44-plus education sessions, not to mention countless networking opportunities, social events, and so much more. This year’s installment marked AAHOA’s 35th anniversary, and saw attendees gathering at the sprawling Orange County Convention Center in sunny Orlando, FL, for nea ..read more
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AAHOA, ORLA Monitor Proposed Use of Hotel Tax Revenue by City of Salem
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by Carter Davis
1w ago
SALEM, OR, May 9 – The City of Salem, OR, has found an alternate solution to its initial plan to use transient lodging tax dollars for library funding gaps. Instead, it will use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. AAHOA (Asian American Hotel Owners Association) and ORLA (Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association) proactively watch attempts from local municipalities to use protected lodging tax dollars for purposes other than tourism. Had the city decided to use money from hotel taxes as initially discussed, it would have directly impacted hotel owners and their businesses, potentially l ..read more
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Power to the people
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by Carter Davis
1w ago
Pushing an impactful national advocacy agenda in Washington, D.C. by TEAM AAHOA In mid-March, as part of the 2024 Spring National Advocacy Conference (SNAC), AAHOA hosted more than 200 key AAHOA leaders and members for two days in Washington, D.C., for an event designed specifically to allow members of the largest hotel owners association in the world to speak directly with legislators responsible for shaping policy and legislative activity in the years and decades to come. The Conference opened with a legislative learning session at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, f ..read more
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Juggling act
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by Carter Davis
1w ago
Effective leadership in a multi-generational hotel environment by MONIQUE ROY Being an effective leader in today’s evolving hotel industry goes beyond operational expertise. Hospitality leaders face the complex task of leading groups of people from diverse generations, each with unique viewpoints, beliefs, backgrounds, and communication preferences. Building an efficient, productive, and inclusive atmosphere requires supporting employees from all backgrounds and skill levels. To succeed, hotels need to function like finetuned machines. Guest satisfaction depends on the seamless collaboration o ..read more
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