Tap into the power of AAHOA at HI Connect® Design®. The incredibly influential group of hoteliers is throwing their support behind the game-changing HI Connect® Design® event by encouraging its members to attend. AAHOA leadership keenly understands the power of the lodging business’ most engaging trade show, which is set to be held in Nashville April 2-4 (www.hiconnectdesign.com), and know their members will find critical and empowering business building solutions by attending.
The Asian American Hotel Owners Association, commonly referred to as AAHOA, is an advocacy organization that since its 1989 inception has gone on to become 11,000 members strong. In all, the group is the most influential single owner powered entity in the hotel industry with its members owning more than 20,000 hotels totaling more than $128 billion in property value. AAHOA members employ 578,600 full- and part-time workers with a $9.4 billion payroll and are actively developing and renovation countless properties.
The myriad AAHOA member hotel owners coming to HI Connect® Design® will be joined by the entire AAHOA board and its president. The AAHOA board will also take to the stage to share their story during an exciting education session titled AAHOA: Unity in Numbers. During the session conference attendees will learn about the organization’s its history, how it’s having a massive effect on how the major hotel brands do business and what it plans to do next.
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AAHOA Vice Chairman Pratik Patel – he will ascend to Chairman next month-- owns 12 Hotels and has five under development through his San Antonio based company REM Hospitality (www.remhospitality.com). As a smart hotel owner he is expanding his business as the hotel industry soars to new heights during this upcycle, but also knows he is more financially focused than design oriented.
That’s common amongst owners so he understands the benefits of attending HI Connect® Design® and it’s why the organization is telling its members to attend.
“Visually, HI Connect® Design® is about being able to see what is out there. The layout and the atmosphere at the conference is very efficient, but it also opens the eyes to owners of the aspects they are not as focused on,” said Patel. “From a design point of view our owners usually deal with middle men and this gives them the ability to see what the big picture is out there and see the things designers may see that we don’t. We are not trained to see things in the same way.”
He said he and his members have a deep desire to see what is out there in terms of the best design and most efficient processes that give hotels owners insights into the designs that make guests happy while simultaneously finding solutions that have the most efficient return on investment.
“This is also a great checks and balances system so we can see as design customers what else is going on in the industry and from design professionals,” Patel added.
Pratik Patel will be joined at AAHOA by many of its hotel owners and its entire executive board including current Chairman Mehul Patel; Treasurer Jay "Jimmy" Patel; Secretary Bharat "Bruce" Patel, CHO; and President Fred Schwartz.
They will all have the chance to mix and mingle with professionals representing top hotel companies such as Marriott International and Best Western, which are presenting their own fully constructed vignettes as well as companies like Vantage Hospitality, Red Roof, Red Lion and Cobblestone who will all have their CEOs present as well as other leading companies such as Starwood, Hilton and Wyndham.
According to Pratik Patel the relationship with HI Connect® Design® is important because it helps the AAHOA board “open the eyes of its members to the benefit of attending other events. It makes a humongous difference and they will be very excited to what is out there.”
“I can see pictures I take at HI Connect® Design® and I can now say I want his kind of bath and give general direction to make that happen,” said Patel, noting AAHOA members are building eight of 10 new hotels right now.
As for his goal of the educational session set for HI Connect® Design® he said he wants everyone to understand the importance of meeting with decision makers, especially those on Capitol Hill in Washington.
“We, AAHOA members, are building unity in the industry to come together and to influence change In Washington D.C. and industry wide. This is important for our vendor partners too because if something negative affects us, it will affect them. The more discretionary income we have the more we can spend on our hotels, which appeals to the vendors participating in HI Connect® Design®,” said Patel.
In closing, Patel says it is all about everyone in the industry working together to achieve the common goal of success.
“We are all small businesses and we don’t fight just for lodging, we fight for small business altogether. Industry unification is our goal,” said Patel.
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