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2022 Press Releases

AAHOA Commends Red Roof® for Its Collaboration on Fair Franchising Initiatives and Education

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 10 – AAHOA leadership, which represents the largest hotel owners association in the world with nearly 20,000 members, recently met with leaders of Red Roof®, a global brand leader with more than 680 properties in the U.S., Brazil and Japan, including President George Limbert; Matthew Hostetler, Chief Development Officer; and Fouad Malouf, SVP Franchise Operations.

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AAHOA Commends Best Western ® Hotels & Resorts for Being Collaborative and Open-Minded with Respect to Fair Franchising Initiatives and Education

ATLANTA, Ga., Dec. 7 – AAHOA leadership, which represents the largest hotel owners association in the world with nearly 20,000 members, recently met with leaders John Kelly, Board Chairman; Larry Cuculic, President and Chief Executive Officer; Danny Lafayette, Board Vice-Chairman; Phil Payne, Board Secretary-Treasurer; Mike Merchant, Board Director; Ishwar Naran, Board Director; Viral (Victor) Patel, Board Director; and Stephen Wahrlich, Board Director, from Best Western ® Hotels & Resorts, a global brand leader with a portfolio of 19 brands, and approximately 4,500 hotels across all chain scale segments.

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AAHOA Commends G6 Hospitality’s Official Response and Feedback on its 12 Points of Fair Franchising

ATLANTA, Ga., Nov. 30 – Leadership from G6 Hospitality LLC, which franchises 1,400 economy lodging locations under the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands in the U.S. and Canada, recently responded to AAHOA with a summary of the organization’s best practices related to AAHOA’s 12 Points of Fair Franchising.

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AAHOA’s Inaugural HerOwnership Conference & Retreat Empowers Hundreds of Women Hoteliers

ATLANTA, Ga., Nov. 7 – AAHOA, the nation’s largest hotel owners association, held its inaugural HerOwnership Conference & Retreat at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront on October 26 and 27. The HerOwnership Conference & Retreat was far from your typical women’s event. While this event was women-centric, it focused specifically on women who are interested in owning their first hotel, or learning about owning hotels in general.
 
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AAHOA Statement on the Impact of Hurricane Ian

ATLANTA, Ga., Sept. 30 – AAHOA, the nation’s largest hotel owners association, recognized the widespread devastation Hurricane Ian has caused throughout the state of Florida. AAHOA President & CEO Laura Lee Blake issued the following statement in response to the catastrophic hurricane that pummeled the West Coast of Florida this week and is barreling towards South Carolina this afternoon.

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AAHOA Meets With Senator John Hickenlooper

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 29 – On Tuesday, September 27, AAHOA leadership met with Senator John Hickenlooper (D-CO) in Washington at his Capitol Hill office. Senator Hickenlooper, who sits on both the Small Business Committee and the
Senate Commerce Committee, met with AAHOA to discuss SBA loan limit increases, and to promote fairness and transparency in the franchise industry.

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AAHOA Statement on IHG Security Breach

ATLANTA, Ga., Sept. 19 – The Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) today released the following statement in response to the recent IHG ransomware attack.

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AAHOA Leadership Meets with Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Alvaro Bedoya to Address Industry Issues and Franchise Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 16 – On Thursday, September 15, AAHOA leadership met with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner Alvaro Bedoya in our nation’s Capital. The Commissioner included FTC staff involved with oversight of franchising, including Consumer Protection Bureau Director Sam Levine.

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AAHOA Hosts Advocacy Conference with Top U.S. Senators and Representatives to Address Key Legislative Points Impacting the Hotel Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 15 – AAHOA Members and leaders from all over the country flew into Washington D.C. for AAHOA’s Fall National Advocacy Conference this past Wednesday to make their voices heard and shed light on the issues that matter most to America’s hotel owners. Hoteliers met and built relationships with more than 100 offices and 40 U.S. Senators and Representatives to push our policy priorities forward.

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AAHOA Commends Florida Attorney General Crackdown on Vacation Rental Scams

ATLANTA, Ga., July 22 – AAHOA, the nation’s largest hotel owners association, commends Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s crackdown on vacation rental scams.

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AAHOA Statement on Mass Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Uvalde, Tx., May 24 – Our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the mass shooting that occurred Tuesday afternoon at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. We cannot express how deeply saddened we are that another senseless tragedy has occurred in our country.

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AAHOA Announces 2022 Award Winners

Baltimore, MD, Apr. 15 – On the third day of the 2022 AAHOA Convention & Trade Show, the association recognized achievement and excellence in the hospitality industry with its annual awards. Each year, AAHOA honors hoteliers who go above and beyond in service to the hospitality industry.

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AAHOA Reflects on the Impact of the American Rescue Plan One Year Later

ATLANTA, Ga., Mar. 11 – AAHOA, the nation’s largest hotel owners association, recognizes the widespread impact the American Rescue Plan has had in the nation’s economic recovery, notably for the millions of small businesses still in operation across the country. The ARP, a $1.9-trillion stimulus package, allocated billions of dollars toward state and local recovery grants and enhanced policies to combat COVID-19, and it reinvested in vital economic relief programs.

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AAHOA Statement on the Passing of Jayanti P. (JP) Rama

ATLANTA, Ga., Feb. 17 – AAHOA Chair Vinay Patel issued the following statement on the passing of one of AAHOA’s Past Chairs, Jayanti P. (JP) Rama.

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AAHOA Hosts Advocacy Conference with Top U.S. Senators and Representatives to Address Key Legislative Points Impacting the Hotel Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 15 – AAHOA Members and leaders from all over the country flew into Washington D.C. for AAHOA’s Fall National Advocacy Conference this past Wednesday to make their voices heard and shed light on the issues that matter most to America’s hotel owners. Hoteliers met and built relationships with more than 100 offices and 40 U.S. Senators and Representatives to push our policy priorities forward.

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AAHOA Announces Two New, Key Senior Leadership Positions to Help Propel the Association Forward

ATLANTA, Ga., July 11 – AAHOA, the nation’s largest hotel owners association, announced today the promotion of Heather Carnes to EVP, Communications, and Chief Strategy Officer, and the hiring of Phelps Hope as its new EVP, Operations, and
Chief Development Officer.

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AAHOA Statement on A1958 Hearing Before the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee

Princeton, NJ, May 22 – The Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), the world’s largest hotel owners association, supports Assembly Bill 1958 to make welcomed changes to New Jersey Franchise Practice Act for the hospitality industry.

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Nishant (Neal) Patel Becomes Youngest Chairman in AAHOA History

Baltimore, MD, Apr. 15 – Texas hotelier Nishant (Neal) Patel, CHO, CHIA, is the new Chairman of AAHOA’s Board of Directors.

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AAHOA Chair Vinay Patel Issues Statement on Russia’s Premeditated, Unprovoked, and Unjustified Invasion of Ukraine

ATLANTA, Ga., Mar. 10 – Two weeks ago, Russian military forces under the guidance of President Putin began an unprovoked and unjustified attack on the Ukrainian people. Today, more than two million people have fled Ukraine, with as many as five million expected to be displaced as Russian troops continue to advance toward major cities.

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AAHOA Statement on New Jersey Assembly Bill 6246 Being Signed Into Law

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 21 – AAHOA Chair Vinay Patel issued the following statement in regards to Gov. Phil Murphy signing Assembly Bill 6246 into law.

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AAHOA Launches HerOwnership: Opening Doors for Women in Hospitality Initiative to Highlight and Support Women Hoteliers and Leaders in the Industry

ATLANTA, Ga., Aug. 9 – AAHOA, the nation’s largest hotel owners association, with nearly 20,000 members who own
60% of the hotels in the United States, announced today the launch of HerOwnership: Opening Doors for Women in
Hospitality, an initiative aimed at elevating, educating, and empowering the women hoteliers of AAHOA and across the industry.

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AAHOA Response to CDC Lifting Test Requirement for Travelers Entering U.S

ATLANTA, Ga., June 10 – Negative COVID test no more – for international air travelers to the United States, that is.
The CDC is lifting the negative COVID-19 test requirement for international air travelers as of midnight on June 12.

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AAHOA Celebrates the Retirement of J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., with Lifetime Achievement Award

ATLANTA, Ga., May 6 – Today, AAHOA celebrates the career of J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., as he retires as Marriott International Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board. As stated by Marriott International, “he leaves the company after 66 years of unparalleled service and leadership.”

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AAHOA Announces New Secretary and Board Members

Baltimore, MD, Apr. 15 – Kamalesh (KP) Patel of Santa Cruz, CA, is the new AAHOA Secretary. Patel is the CEO of Aarav Hospitality, LLC, and AKS Hospitality, LLC. AAHOA Members also elected the following ten members to the Board of Directors.

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AAHOA Chair Vinay Patel Praises President Biden’s State of the Union Speech

ATLANTA, Ga., Mar. 2 – AAHOA Chair Vinay Patel praised President Joe Biden’s comments made during his State of the Union Speech:

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President & CEO Ken Greene to Depart AAHOA

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 17 – AAHOA today announced that President & CEO Ken Greene will leave the organization in February to pursue another opportunity. The AAHOA Board of Directors will immediately begin its search for his replacement. 

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AAHOA Statement on Los Angeles City Council Hearing Hotel Land Use and Replacement Housing Requirements Ordinance

ATLANTA, Ga., Aug. 5 – AAHOA, the nation’s largest hotel owners association, commends the Los Angeles City Council’s vote on the controversial land use ordinance.

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AAHOA Statement on Secretary Raimondo’s Strategy to Reenergize U.S. Travel and Tourism

ATLANTA, Ga., June 6 – AAHOA applauds the 2022 National Travel and Tourism Strategy that was released on June 6, 2022, by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo on behalf of the Tourism Policy Council (TPC).

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AAHOA Names New President and CEO

ATLANTA, Ga., May 3 – Following a vote by the AAHOA Board of Directors, Laura Lee Blake, Esq., will be the new President and CEO of AAHOA, the nation’s largest hotel owners association, effective May 16, 2022.

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AAHOA Announces Release of its Updated 12 Points of Fair Franchising

ATLANTA, Ga., Apr. 1 – Today, AAHOA announced that it has released its updated 12 Points of Fair Franchising in the form of a new resource guide for AAHOA Member-Franchisees, “An Educational Primer: A Best-Practice Approach to Designing, Developing, and Implementing Best-in-class, Mutually Beneficial Franchise Systems.”

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AAHOA Chair Vinay Patel Echoes SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman’s Comments on the Biden Administration’s Efforts to Strengthen America’s Supply Chains

ATLANTA, Ga., Feb. 28 – AAHOA Chair Vinay Patel issued the following statement in response to the SBA’s commendation of the Biden Administration’s efforts to bolster America’s supply chains.

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NJRHA, AAHOA, and AHLA Statement on New Jersey Assembly Bill 6246 and Senate Bill 4295

Trenton, Jan. 7 – The New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association, along with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), have issued the following statement regarding Assembly Bill 6246 and Senate Bill 4295.
  

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Press Release Archives

2021 Press Releases

AAHOA Applauds Biden Administration for Raising Number of Temporary Worker Visas

AAHOA Statement on the Passing of Senator Johnny Isakson

America’s Hoteliers Applaud President Biden's New Executive Order

AAHOA Statement on Destruction Caused by Tornadoes Across the South and Midwest

AAHOA Statement on Passing of U.S. Senator Bob Dole

AAHOA Statement on the Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act 

Marriott Gifts AAHOA $5,000 In Honor of the 2021 Diwali Holiday

Hoteliers Applaud Lifting of Travel Restrictions with Canada and Mexico

AAHOA Issues State Reports Detailing Members’ Economic Impact

AAHOA Statement on FTC Vision and Priorities

AAHOA Names Ken Greene as President & CEO

AAHOA Statement on Proposed SBA Funding

Hoteliers Applaud Lifting of COVID-19 Ban on Foreign Travelers

AAHOA's North Carolina Charity Golf Tournament Raises $80,000

America’s Hotel Owners Welcome New EIDL Enhancements

AAHOA Statement on Human Trafficking Awareness Program Updates and Enhancements

AAHOA Advocacy Efforts See a Huge Win for Hoteliers As Per Diem Rates for FY2022 Freeze to 2019 Levels 

AAHOA Applauds the Biden Administration and the SBA on New Enhancements to the EIDL Program 

Vinay Patel Becomes AAHOA Chair 

AAHOA Announces New Secretary and Board Members

AAHOA Announces 2020 Award Winners

x•quick Wins Inaugural Tech Pitch Competition at 2021 AAHOA Convention & Trade Show

New AAHOA/Oxford Economics Study: AAHOA Members Own 60 Percent of U.S. Hotels

AAHOA Statement on Hotelier Lawsuits

AAHOA Statement on Signing of Juneteenth National Independence Day Act

Inaugural North Central Region Charity Golf Tournament Raises Over $63k

AAHOA Names Ken Greene Interim President & CEO

AAHOA President & CEO Cecil P. Staton to Step Down

America's Hoteliers Come Together for India COVID Relief

AAHOA Statement on New CDC Mask Guidelines

AAHOA Applauds Outcomes of Florida Legislative Session

AAHOA Statement on the Save Hotel Jobs Act

AAHOA Hires Dean Heyl as Vice President of Government Affairs

AAHOA Joins Growing List of Coalition Supporters to Reauthorize the EB-5 Regional Center Program

AAHOA Charity Golf Tournaments Raise Nearly $100,000

America’s Hoteliers Welcome New CDC Travel Guidelines

AAHOA Statement on Lina Khan FTC Nomination

AAHOA Congratulates Vivek Murthy on Senate Confirmation

AAHOA Statement on Senate Passage of PPP Extension Act

AAHOA Congratulates Guzman, Walsh on Confirmations

AAHOA Statement on #StopAsianHate

AAHOA Statement on Bipartisan Call to Stabilize GSA Per Diem Rates

America's Hoteliers Applaud Signing of American Rescue Plan

AAHOA Statement on Murder of Maryland Hotelier Ushaben Patel

AAHOA Launches Industry Initiative to Promote Hotelier and Employee Vaccinations

America's Hoteliers Urge Senate Passage of the American Rescue Plan

AAHOA Expands Executive Leadership Team

AAHOA Statement on the Passing of Arne Sorenson

Florida Hoteliers Play Offense Against Human Trafficking

AAHOA Hires Robert Stuckey as VP of Business Development

AAHOA Reschedules 2021 Convention & Trade Show

Hoteliers Optimistic About Biden Administration’s Small Business Priorities

AAHOA Statement on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

AAHOA Statement on Violence at the U.S. Capitol

2020 Press Releases

UPDATE AAHOA Statement on Bipartisan Stimulus Agreement

AAHOA Statement on Bipartisan Stimulus Agreement

AAHOA Announces Anti-Trafficking Trainings in Florida

AAHOA Statement on Stopgap Funding Bill

AAHOA Vice Chair Vinay Patel Appointed to United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board

Human Trafficking Training Available to Help Hotel Owners and Operators Meet New State Mandate

AAHOA Congratulates President-elect Biden

America's Hoteliers Launch 10,000 Letter Campaign to Save Hotels

AAHOA Statement on Breakdown of Stimulus Negotiations

AAHOA Statement on Introduction of Online Accessibility Act

2020 AAHOA Southwest Region Charity Golf Tournament Raises over $46,000

2020 AAHOA Charlotte Charity Golf Tournament Raises Over $67,000

Statement on Murder of Mississippi Hotel Owner Yogesh Patel

Travel Channel Star and Industry Expert Anthony Melchiorri Calls on Congress to Save Hotel Industry

AAHOA Promotes Heather Carnes to Vice President of Marketing

AAHOA Announces New Secretary and Board Members

AAHOA Announces 2019 Award Winners

2020 AAHOA Virtual Convention & Trade Show Kicks Off

AAHOA Statement on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

America’s Hotel Owners Optimistic About HOPE Act

AAHOA Announces Speakers for 2020 Convention & Trade Show

Hotel Owners Call for Additional Congressional Action to Stave Off Catastrophic Collapse of Hospitality Industry

AAHOA Partners with Procter & Gamble Professional to Offer New Training in Hotel Sanitization and Cleanliness

2020 AAHOA Convention Goes Virtual

America’s Hoteliers See Hope for CMBS Relief

Biran Patel Becomes Chairman of World’s Largest Hotel Owners Association

AAHOA Statement on Passage of Payroll Protection Flexibility Act

AAHOA Statement on Discrimination and Injustice

AAHOA Highlights Liquidity, Economic Stimulus, and Phased Reopening at Travel and Tourism Roundtable with Vice President Pence

America’s Hotel Owners Detail Priorities for CARES Act 2.0

America’s Hotel Owners Welcome Changes to PPP in House Stimulus Proposal

AAHOA Statement on Passage of PPP & Health Care Enhancement Act

AAHOA Statement on Senate Passage of PPP & Health Care Enhancement Act

AAHOA Statement on Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

America’s Hoteliers Statement on PPP Funding

America’s Hoteliers Demand Immediate Action on PPP Funding

America’s Hotel Owners Respond to Proposed Additional PPP Funding

AAHOA Kicks Off First Installment in Virtual Event Series

Hotel Owners Applaud Signing of CARES Act

AAHOA Statement on House Passage of CARES Act

AAHOA Statement on Senate Passage of CARES Act

AAHOA Statement on Congressional Agreement on the CARES Act

AAHOA Statement on Day Two of CARES Act Impasse

AAHOA Statement on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act

AAHOA Response to Signing of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

AAHOA Statement on Brand Response to COVID-19 Economic Impact

AAHOA Reschedules 2020 Convention & Trade Show

AAHOA Reaction to President Trump’s Coronavirus Announcement

AAHOA Statement on NLRB Final Rule on Joint Employer

AAHOA Statement on 2019 Federal ADA Title III Lawsuits

AAHOA Launches New Certificate in Hotel Ownership

AAHOA Statement on the State of the Union Address

The White House Hosts Summit on Human Trafficking

America’s Hoteliers Meet with Rep. Wasserman Schultz about Combatting Human Trafficking

Visit Florida Tops Hoteliers’ Agenda on Florida Tourism Day

America’s Hotel Owners Prepare for 2020 State Legislative Sessions

AAHOA Statement on DOL’s Final Joint Employer Rule

AAHOA Statement on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

AAHOA Statement on December Jobs Report