Connecticut Lodging Association
Coronavirus Update 2/19/2021
AHLA Secures Employee Vaccine Prioritization
Thanks to AHLA’s ongoing efforts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Categories of Essential Workers to prioritize “Traveler Accommodation” under Phase 1c of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. This is a significant achievement that directly impacts the health and safety of hotel workers across the country. 
This week in partnership with UNITE HERE, AHLA renewed its call sending a letter to the National Governors Association advocating for inclusion of hotel workers in state vaccine distribution efforts further supporting the work of our state lodging association partners to engage with state decision makers. That follows AHLA’s comment with the CDC last month calling for hotel workers to be included in vaccine distribution under Phase 1c.

AHLA Launches Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Resource Center
As the country forges ahead in the vaccination distribution effort, AHLA wants to ensure that our members have the necessary resources to properly educate and encourage employees to get vaccinated.
To that end, we have developed a resource center Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Information on our Safe Stay website that features the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health organizations aimed at maximizing employee participation in the vaccination process. 
These resources include: 
STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 13 February
HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—U.S. hotel occupancy increased more than 4 percentage points from the previous week, according to STR‘s latest data through 13 February. 
7-13 February 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2020):

  • Occupancy: 45.1% (-29.0%)
  • Average daily rate (ADR): US$99.21 (-25.7%)
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): US$44.72 (-47.2%)

Boosted by Valentine’s Day and the long weekend with Presidents’ Day, U.S. weekend occupancy (Friday/Saturday) came in at 58.5%, which was the highest level in the metric since mid-October. Elevated occupancy during the weekend of Presidents’ Day occurred during previous recessions as well.