Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 10

LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN

The Fight Against
Human Trafficking

H

BHAVESH PATEL
AAHOA Chairman (2017‑2018)

UMAN TRAFFICKING IS
considered the second
largest and fastest growing illegal industry in the
world, affecting an estimated 12.3 million men,
women and children.
For many affected businesses, but especially hotels, human trafficking continues
to be an activity that remains out of sight
and out of mind. However, it is more common than you might think. Sometimes
people turn a blind eye to what they see
and hear, and other times the signs go completely undetected.
Because hoteliers can be held legally liable for the forced sex and labor crimes that
happen on their properties, and because
these serious crimes can take place at any
hotel at any time, it is imperative that owners and general managers develop human
resources processes and procedures that
educate employees - a hotel's first line of
defense - on what to look for and how to
report it.
The first step is training. Employees
must be taught how to identify the signs
of human trafficking, which can vary based
on the employee's position (i.e., housekeeper, bellhop, desk attendant etc.). Each
employee has a role to play and they should
be made aware of it from the very start
of their employment. Incorporate human
trafficking awareness into new-hire training to ensure that employees understand
what they can do from the very beginning.
To assist in this effort, AAHOA recently
partnered with the Department of
Homeland Defense in support of its Blue
Campaign to end human trafficking. Free
training materials developed by AAHOA
and DHS are available on the AAHOA
website (aahoa.com/humantraffickingresources). The training videos, posters

and other materials there can help educate
employees and foster greater awareness
and understanding of the problem.
The second step is to develop a plan of
action to respond to reports of human trafficking. Put a system in place that allows
employees to easily report potential cases
of human trafficking to law enforcement
without fear of retribution. Third, create
and adopt policies that discourage employees from engaging in activities that could
be linked to human trafficking (e.g., taking a "tip" from a hotel guest who may be
involved in suspicious enterprise). Make
sure to then enforce disciplinary action
when the policies are breached.
Consider developing internal programs
that allow employees who want to get
more involved in assisting human trafficking victims. For example, Businesses
Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST) offers
a number of continuing education classes
that are informative and useful as professional development opportunities. As
many human resource professionals will
attest, championing a worthy cause, one
that employees can rally around, helps
increase loyalty and boost retention. Plus,
promoting a strong sense of community
among staff, one that will be united and
vigilant in keeping an eye on the tell-tale
signs of human trafficking, can go a long
way toward effective prevention.
Human trafficking increases a hotelier's
legal and financial risk. To better protect
your staff, consumers and your business,
I urge you to take the steps necessary to
create, modify or improve your human
resource policies on ethical business conduct today.

10  | NOVEMBER 2017 | TODAYSHOTELIER.COM

2017-2018 AAHOA
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
AAHOA OFFICERS
Bhavesh B. Patel, CHO
Chairman
Hitesh (HP) Patel, CHA, CHO
Vice Chairman
Jagruti Panwala, CHO
Treasurer
Biran Patel, CHO
Secretary
Chip Rogers
President & CEO
Bharat (Bruce) Patel,
MBA, CHO
Immediate Past Chairman
REGIONAL DIRECTORS
Nitin (Nick) Patel
Alabama Panhandle
Regional Director
Priyesh P. Patel
Central Midwest Regional Director
Bharat Patel
Florida Regional Director
Kapil Patel
Georgia Regional Director
Girish (Gary) Patel
Gulf Regional Director
Sanjay (Sam) Patel, CHO
Mid Atlantic Regional Director
Heetesh Patel, CHO
Mid South Regional Director
Rashmikant (Haji) Patel
North Carolina Regional Director
Naresh (Nick) Patel
North Central Regional Director
Suresh (SP) Patel
North Pacific Regional Director
Mayur (Mike) Patel
North Texas Regional Director
Sunil (Sunny) Patel, CHO
Northeast Regional Director
Komal (Tina) Patel, CHO
Northwest Regional Director
Mahesh (Mike) Patel
South Carolina Regional Director
Girish (Gary) Patel, CHO
South Central Texas
Regional Director
Timesh Patel, CHO
South Pacific Regional Director
Vikas M. Desai
Southeast Texas Regional Director
Imesh Vaidya, CHO
Southwest Regional Director
Kalpesh M. Joshi, CHO
Upper Midwest Regional Director
Vinaykumar (Vinay) Patel
Washington District
Regional Director
DIRECTORS AT LARGE
Vipul Dayal
Director at Large
Jayesh (Jay) Lallu, CHO
Director at Large
Faheem Khan, CHO
Allied Director
Navnit (Nick) Patel
Director at Large
Piyush Patel
Director at Large
Lina Patel, CHO
Female Director Eastern Division
Dina Patel, CHO
Female Director Western Division
Purvi Panwala
Young Professional Director
Eastern Division
Nishant (Neal) Patel
Young Professional Director
Western Division


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - November 2017

Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & CEO
The Perfect Storm for Hotel Owners
Design That Brings People Together
New Brands Design for a New Kind of Hotel Experience
Time for a Group Sales Tune Up
AAHOA Interview
Marketing
Technology
Small Business
Finances
HR
AAHOA @ Industry Events
AAHOA Founding Members
AAHOA Vendor Partners
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - intro
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - cover1
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - cover2
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 3
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 4
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 5
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 6
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 7
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 8
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 9
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Letter From the Chairman
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 11
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Letter From the President & CEO
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 13
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 14
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 15
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 16
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 17
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 18
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 19
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - The Perfect Storm for Hotel Owners
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 21
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 23
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Design That Brings People Together
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 26
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 27
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - New Brands Design for a New Kind of Hotel Experience
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 31
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Time for a Group Sales Tune Up
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - AAHOA Interview
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 39
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Marketing
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 41
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 43
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Technology
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 45
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Small Business
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Finances
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 55
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - HR
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 57
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - AAHOA @ Industry Events
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 59
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - AAHOA Founding Members
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 61
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - AAHOA Vendor Partners
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Classifieds
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Advertiser Index
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