2024
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AAHOA Honored to Attend White House Celebration of the AANHPI Community's Contributions to the United States

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 14 – AAHOA (Asian American Hotel Owners Association) was honored to participate in a White House reception celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. AAHOA Chairman Miraj S. Patel and President & CEO Laura Lee Blake represented AAHOA at the event.

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AAHOA, ORLA Monitor Proposed Use of Hotel Tax Revenue by City of Salem

SALEM, OR, May 9 - The City of Salem, OR, has found an alternate solution to its initial plan to use transient lodging tax dollars for library funding gaps. Instead, it will use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. AAHOA (Asian American Hotel Owners Association) and ORLA (Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association) proactively watch attempts from local municipalities to use protected lodging tax dollars for purposes other than tourism.

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AAHOA Engages Arkansas Insurance Commissioner to Tackle Insurance Challenges Facing Hoteliers

Little Rock, Ar., May 2 – AAHOA (Asian American Hotel Owners Association) recently hosted a Hospitality Insurance Forum with leaders in Arkansas to address the industry's significant insurance challenges plaguing hoteliers. The forum centered on developing creative strategies to alleviate the burden of insurance premiums, facilitating greater access to insurance resources, and fostering an environment of increased accessibility.

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AAHOA Rebrands and Repositions Its Leading Event Series as Hotel Owners Conferences & Trade Shows

ATLANTA, Ga., April 25 – In a landmark move, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) is proud to announce the rebranding and repositioning of its leading event series, Regional Conferences & Trade Shows, to resonate more with member needs and the association’s ongoing evolution.

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AAHOA Congratulates and Welcomes New Red Roof President

ATLANTA, Ga., April 23 – AAHOA (Asian American Hotel Owners Association) extends its congratulations to Zack Gharib on his appointment as President of Red Roof. Additionally, AAHOA congratulates Fouad Malouf on his promotion to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer. Both appointments to the Red Roof leadership team were announced Tuesday.

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AAHOA Welcomes Miraj S. Patel as Newest, Youngest Chairman of AAHOA

ORLANDO, FL, Apr. 5 – Texas hotelier Miraj S. Patel, MBA, CHO, CHIA, is the newest Chairman of the AAHOA (Asian American Hotel Owners Association) 2024-25 Board of Directors, and the youngest serving in this position in AAHOA’s 35-year history. Patel became Chairman at the conclusion of the 2024 AAHOA Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, FL, which set a record level of exhibiting vendors and welcomed nearly 6,500 attendees for the industry’s leading event for hotel owners.

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AAHOA Announces Release of its Revised Point 12 in the AAHOA 12 Points of Fair Franchising

ORLANDO, FL, Apr. 5 – This week at AAHOACON24, AAHOA (Asian American Hotel Owners Association) announced the release of revised Point Number 12, Sale of the Franchise System Hotel Brand(s), in its 12 Points of Fair Franchising. The recent best-practice updates reflect the current industry landscape and are in response to the several noted acquisitions and mergers of one or more hotel brands between Franchisors in recent years.

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Grand Valley State and Oklahoma State Take Home Top Honors at AAHOACON24’s Inaugural Hotel Turnaround Collegiate Championship

ORLANDO, FL, Apr. 5 – Grand Valley State took home The People’s Choice Award, and Oklahoma State received the Judges Championship Trophy at AAHOA’s inaugural Hotel Turnaround Collegiate Championship, which debuted at AAHOACON24. This industry-first competition format challenged university students from across the nation to compete in making the kind of operations and investment decisions all hotel owners must make to turn things around when performance is lagging. The competition is part of AAHOA’s commitment to supporting the next generation of hospitality leaders.

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