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AAHOACON20 Session Descriptions

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2020

Session Title Session Description Speakers
Hospitality CEOs Converge: Advocating for the Hotel Industry Join CEOs from the leading hospitality and travel associations to hear legislative updates on wins the industry has gained, ongoing efforts to expedite recovery, and the importance of getting involved with your local government to strengthen the voice of the industry.

Cecil P. Staton, AAHOA

Chip Rogers, AHLA

Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association

U.S. Economic and Travel Outlook: 2020 and Beyond Hear from an expert economist on the current state of the economy, travel and tourism industry, and new trends to anticipate as the U.S. works its way through a U-shaped recession. Adam Sacks, Oxford Travel and Tourism
What the Data Says: Before, During, and After the Pandemic Industry leaders from STR, CBRE, and Kalibri Labs present current trends and forecasts for the hotel industry, including data on key indicators to drive demand, revenue, and operational efficiency.

Jamie Lane, CBRE

Amanda Hite, STR

Cindy Estis Green, Kalibri

Moderated by Christina Trauthwein, Hotel Business

A View from Young Professional Hoteliers: Driving the Future of the Industry Beyond COVID-19 Young professional hoteliers are the future of the industry. Not only are they technologically savvy, but this generation is armed with critical thinking skills and entrepreneurial drive guaranteed to allow them to easily pivot and adapt to market changes. Learn more from young professional hoteliers on how they are navigating through COVID-19 and propelling their businesses far into the future.

JR Patel, Helix Hotels

Harshil Patel, Champion Hotels

Raj Patel, Hawkeye Hotels

Jatin Desai, Peachtree Hotel Group

Moderated by Teague Hunter, Hunter Hotels

Lobbying for Lodging: State-Level Advocacy Impacting the Hospitality Industry Learn about recent state-level government legislative updates and initiatives that have been providing relief to the hospitality industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Gain insights from hospitality association CEOs on upcoming policy initiatives directly impacting the industry.

Carol Dover – FRLA

John Longstreet – PRLA

Michael Jacobson – Illinois H&LA

Moderated by Vinay Patel, AAHOA Vice Chair

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2020

 
Session Title Session Description Speakers  
A Fireside Chat with Industry Legend Horst Schulze Join us for an intimate conversation with Mit Shah and industry legend Horst Schulze, founder of Ritz-Carlton, to hear his take on the current state of the industry and how standards of excellence for guest service and satisfaction are more important now than ever before.

Mit Shah, Noble Investment Group

Horst Schulze, Ritz-Carlton

 
Hotelier Insights: Recovery and Looking Past the Pandemic States are reopening in varying stages and hotels have new guidelines to follow, so how are hoteliers preparing? Hear from a panel of seasoned hotel owners on what they are seeing, how their hotels are managing through this, and things we can think about as the industry works to recover from COVID-19.

Justin Knight, Apple REIT

DJ Rama, Auro Hotels

Ken Fearn

Sima Patel, Ridgemont Hospitality

Moderated by Stephanie Ricca, HNN

 
COVID-19 Legal Concerns: What’s Top of Mind for Hoteliers

What are the top legal concerns hoteliers may face due to the COVID-19 pandemic? These unprecedented times bring potential legal issues we never could have imagined. Join us for practical advice and best practices to protect your hotel.

Jennifer Miller, Partner, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP

 

 

 

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