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Sessions

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) Presents: “Inhospitable to Human Trafficking Training” Sponsored by AAHOA AAHOA has partnered with BEST to offer free Inhospitable to Human Trafficking Training at the 2021 AAHOA Convention & Trade Show. This training includes a review of the risks to you and your hotel, the people involved in trafficking, the process for reporting to law enforcement, and how you and your staff can prevent trafficking in your hotel. Upon completion of the training, you will earn a certificate.
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Recourse Series: Know the Law, Protect Your Business (Parts 1 and 2)

Join Texas Hotel and Lodging Association’s General Counsel Justin R. Bragiel and Associate General Counsel Nilesh V. Patel for a series of thought-provoking hotel law seminars. The tools and knowledge you will gain in these sessions will assist in protecting your property from liability and help save your bottom line. This series will be broken out into two, one-hour sessions. The first session will focus on employment and ADA law, and the second will focus on how to avoid costly hotel occupancy tax audits and non-paying stay-over guests. At the end of each session, you will have the tools you need to better protect your business from costly lawsuits and audits. After attending the series, you will earn a certificate of completion.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Reflection: Solving the Talent Dilemma with Innovation The hospitality workforce has changed drastically over the past year, as long-term furloughs and layoffs have forced workers into different industries. As our industry reflects on what it means to create a sustainable career in hospitality, this session will examine how you can think differently to recruit and retain top talent.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Recovery: Revenue Strategies and Forecasting for Success What is your post-pandemic recovery plan for your business? And are you confident in your forecasting for the future? This session will examine proven strategies for revenue recovery after a global health crisis and how to best forecast as you head down the road to recovery.
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Represent: Next-Level Advocacy at All Levels of Government

Lawmakers from all levels of government are driving policies to get the nation’s economy on the road to recovery. Join this session to hear from AAHOA and our partner state lodging association partners to get the latest on business liability protections, COVID-19 relief, the labor shortage, legislative updates, and more.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Regulations: An Independent Hotelier’s Guide to Post-Pandemic Law

Owning and operating a hotel has never been easy, especially if you are an independent hotelier. With the ever-evolving landscape, it’s important hoteliers know the latest legal implications as we continue down the path to recovery. Join us to hear from hospitality industry attorney Darshan Patel who will discuss new legal issues and how best to protect your business and your investment. A live Q&A will conclude the session so you’ll have the opportunity to get your questions answered.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Women Hoteliers Session: High Level Leadership, Low Level Stress – How to Win in Business Without Losing Your Mind

Learn how to gain massive momentum to create an extraordinary personal and business life for yourself.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Redefine: The Future of Franchising COVID-19 has profoundly impacted the franchising business model, resulting in changes and disruption across the industry. As the world recovers from COVID-19, join industry experts to gain insights into what the future of franchising will look like and what the future holds for hoteliers who own franchised properties.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Reexamine: Prepping F&B Offerings for a Post-Pandemic Future While the food and beverage landscape is constantly changing due to trends and guest preferences, the impacts of COVID-19 have forced hoteliers to adopt new thinking. Join us to learn about the latest approaches to F&B offerings that drive revenue and guest satisfaction.
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Resourceful: The Current State of Hotel Capital and Financing

The pandemic has left many hotel owners in a liquidity crunch, forcing a whole new era on financing and finding capital sources. What reliable sources are available to hoteliers and what does the financing marketplace look like in a post-COVID landscape? Join this session to hear directly from the experts.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Revolutionize: Advancing Hospitality with Technology and Design Thinking

Technology has been disrupting the industry for quite some time, but the implications of COVID-19 have forced the industry to adapt and adopt in order to stay afloat. This session will provide hoteliers with practical advice for implementing technology and how to apply design thinking post-pandemic.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Recognize: A Young Professional Hotelier’s Guide for Harnessing Powerhouse Leadership

One crucial attribute of great leadership is that you must empower your associates to succeed beyond what they think is possible. In a session exclusively for Young Professionals, join us to hear from Geoff Ballotti, President and CEO at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, and Mehul Patel, AAHOA Past Chairman (2013-14) & Managing Partner and CEO of NewcrestImage, to learn about what it takes to recognize your power of influence and enact meaningful change in your organization.

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM ​AAHOA Inaugural Tech Pitch Competition: Innovations, Ideas, and Products to Propel Us Forward​