1. Your livelihood depends on it.
Congress is discussing issues that will have a huge impact on the hotel industry. Everything from addressing the joint employer issue, to stopping drive-by lawsuits, to reducing and simplifying taxes is on the agenda. Inaction – or the wrong action – on these items could hurt the hotel industry. We need you to stand up and advocate for your business and our entire industry.
2. Congress and the White House are under the same political party for the first time since 2009-2010.
When both chambers of Congress, the House and the Senate, and the White House are controlled by members of the same political party, that means less legislative fighting and more action. When bills are signed into law, the impact affects the entire country. AAHOA puts on FNAC to ensure that hoteliers have a seat at the table.
3. Tax reform is the top agenda item for Congress and President Trump.
Leaders in Congress and President Donald Trump have been in talks for months on tax reform. Their effort will focus on simplifying the tax code – making it easier to comply with the tax laws and regulations – along with reducing tax rates. They want to create a new small business tax rate specifically for pass-through businesses like LLCs, S-Corps, Partnerships and Sole Proprietorships. That represents a foundational change in taxes for small businesses, enabling them to grow faster and create more jobs.
4. Drive-by lawsuits are only getting worse. We need action.
The number of drive-by lawsuits continues to skyrocket. In 2016, more than 6,600 were filed, an astonishing 37 percent increase. Worse, the 2017 pace is ahead of 2016 by 18 percent. If that pace holds true, 2017 will close with nearly 7,800 lawsuits. Fortunately, there is a bipartisan bill, the ADA Education and Reform Act, which would address the issue. We need you to speak to lawmakers about the importance of this bill.
5. Whether you’re a history buff or a foodie, Washington has the after-hours attractions for you.
FNAC’s official schedule ends in the early evening on October 24, leaving attendees plenty of time to experience history in the first person throughout Washington. A night tour of the numerous monuments could actually be superior to seeing them during the day, with smaller crowds and beautiful night lighting. After seeing the monuments, enjoy a late-night dinner at one of Washington’s acclaimed restaurants. The city earned a Michelin Guide in 2016, one of only three cities in the U.S. to obtain the status with the world-renowned dining guide.