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Fighting modern day slavery

to unify resources within the vast government agency to a
single public outlet.
As an official partner in the Blue Campaign, AAHOA is working
with government officials to produce hospitality-specific training materials for hotel owners and every member of a hotel's
staff. The goal is to equip everyone in the hospitality industry
with the tools to combat the scourge of human trafficking.
"Education is a foundational pillar of our organization," said
AAHOA President and CEO Chip Rogers. "We're thankful to be
able to partner with the Department of Homeland Security on
the Blue Campaign and use our association's array of resources
and tools to bring hoteliers up to speed on this horrible crime
and how they and their staff members can bring an end to it,
one property at a time."
The Blue Campaign is just one aspect of AAHOA's efforts so
far on fighting human trafficking. At the national convention
in San Antonio in April, AAHOA organized an education session on combatting human trafficking and brought in experts,
who included a former Department of Homeland Security
official and Dr. Mar Brettman, a former professor and founder
of Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking, or BEST. They
have also launched a webpage dedicated to housing resources,
along with including information at nearly every one of the
more than 150 events per year that AAHOA hosts.

LEGISLATIVE ACTION
Because of human trafficking's complexity and ever-changing
strategies and tactics, lawmakers are finding that legislative solutions are not easy to find. For example, most individual actions committed by the perpetrators of trafficking
are already illegal. Individuals in positions to spot the signs
are the only way to expose the crimes to the authorities and
make arrests and prosecutions, Myles suggests.
Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed more
than a dozen bills on a bipartisan basis to help stop human
trafficking, almost all of them focused on raising awareness
and educating people in positions to help spot the signs, hotels
included. One bill mandated that federal agencies prioritize
hotels for government travel that have robust anti-trafficking
programs in place.
The spending power of the federal government could be a
powerful incentive for hoteliers to be more proactive, but that
should not be their only motivation, said AAHOA Chairman
Bhavesh Patel.
"AAHOA members have a moral and legal obligation to take
action," Patel has said. "Hoteliers are uniquely positioned to
help detect, combat and prevent this insidious practice."
To do your part in eliminating human trafficking, log on to
aahoa.com/humantraffickingresources.
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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
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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
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - The Perfect Storm for Hotel Owners
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Design That Brings People Together
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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
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Marketing
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 43
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Technology
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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
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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 - Advertiser Index
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