The AAHOA Broadcast

  • AAHOA Leadership Meets With Sen. Hickenlooper About SBA Loans, Franchising

    Oct 03, 2022

    The third quarter ended strong after a successful 2022 Fall National Advocacy Conference and meetings with top lawmakers, including Sen. John Hickenlooper. AAHOA Treasurer Miraj Patel, Secretary Kamalesh (KP) Patel, and President & CEO Laura Lee Blake met with Sen. Hickenlooper at his Capitol Hill office to discuss Small Business Administration loan limit increases, as well as fairness and transparency in the franchise industry.

  • AAHOA Helps Hoteliers Navigate Hurricane Ian Aftermath

    Oct 03, 2022

    Hurricane Ian made landfall as a category four storm in Florida on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, causing flooding, widespread tree damage, power outages, and impacting families and businesses.

  • AAHOA Applauds Legislation to Promote U.S. Economy and Hospitality

    Sep 30, 2022

    The House of Representatives recently passed two bipartisan consumer protection and commerce bills that promote the American economy and tourism and travel industry. As the industry overall continues to rebound from the COVID-19 crisis and pave a new way forward for economic growth, this legislation supports America’s hotel owners and creates employment opportunities in hospitality.

  • AAHOA Joins More Than 70 Organizations in Opposition of the ENABLERS Act

    Sep 30, 2022

    AAHOA joined more than 75 organizations in signing a letter of opposition to the Establishing New Authorities for Business Laundering and Enabling Risks to Security (ENABLERS) Act, which passed the House as part of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The ENABLERS Act would subject millions of law-abiding businesses, including many AAHOA Members, to costly and time-consuming reporting, audits, fines, and possible jail terms.

  • AAHOA Leadership Meet With Senator John Hickenlooper to Discuss Advocacy

    Sep 29, 2022

    AAHOA Officers and President & CEO Laura Lee Blake were in D.C. on Tuesday, September 27, meeting with Senator John Hickenlooper (D-CO), who sits both on the Small Business Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee. They discussed SBA loan limit increases, promoting fairness and transparency in the franchise industry, and more.

  • AAHOA Female Director Western Division Tejal Patel Makes Guest Appearance on HospitalityMD Podcast

    Sep 29, 2022

    AAHOA Female Director Western Division Tejal Patel joined Tom Groebe, Kyle Allison, and Greg Fregoso on HospitalityMD's "The PM Shift" podcast on Sunday, September 25. Tejal discussed her position within AAHOA, how she got her start in the hospitality industry, the stigma surrounding women in hospitality to maintain a specific appearance, and much more.

  • AAHOA President & CEO Laura Lee Blake Interviewed by WSJ Pro Cybersecurity Reporter On IHG Cyberattack

    Sep 27, 2022

    A cyberattack on InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, or IHG, disrupted business at franchisees this month, causing lost income, a class-action lawsuit, and a trail of angry customers, some of which are AAHOA Members. IHG, which has 17 brands of hotels located around the world, said on September 6 that it detected unauthorized activity on its technology systems, leading to significant disruptions in booking and other systems.

  • AAHOA President & CEO Laura Lee Blake and AAHOA Member Vimal Patel Speak Out About IHG Franchisees Suing Over Data Breach

    Sep 27, 2022

    A group of InterContinental Hotels Group franchisees have filed a lawsuit against the company in connection with a cyberattack that “significantly disrupted” its booking channels and other applications in mid-September. The lawsuit claims that IHG should have taken more steps to prevent the breach in light of warnings it received after a previous breach.

  • AAHOA Chairman Neal Patel Talks Technology, the Labor Shortage, and STR Legislation at The Lodging Conference 2022

    Sep 23, 2022

    AAHOA Chairman Neal Patel discusses important topics in the hotel industry such as short-term rental legislation, the importance of adopting technology for hoteliers to keep up with the times, and the ongoing labor shortage.

  • AAHOA Continues to Facilitate Human Trafficking Training Sessions for Members

    Sep 23, 2022

    60 people have completed BEST's Inhospitable to Human Trafficking training, sponsored by AAHOA, thanks to the HTAT sessions that the AAHOA team has facilitated over the last few months. Once BEST receives and processes all the paper questionnaires from last month's HTAT sessions, these numbers will be even higher.

  • AAHOA Officers, President & CEO Laura Lee Blake, Attend The Lodging Conference, One of the Leading Hotel Industry Events in the World

    Sep 21, 2022

    During The Lodging Conference, on Wednesday morning’s General Session titled “From the CEO Perspective,” AAHOA President & CEO Laura Lee Blake discussed a multitude of topics with the other panelists regarding issues and trends in the hospitality industry. Moderated by Rachel Humphrey, founder of Women in Hospitality Leadership Alliance, the panel was an illuminating and important discussion.

  • AAHOA Members Convene with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

    Sep 21, 2022

    Last week, a group of AAHOA Members, including Vice Chairman Bharat Patel, met with Governor Gretchen Whitmer following a successful week advocating on Capitol Hill.

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

    Sep 19, 2022

    AAHOA Members and leaders from all over the country flew into Washington D.C. for AAHOA’s Fall National Advocacy Conference on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 to make their voices heard and shed light on the issues that matter most to America’s hotel owners.

  • AAHOA Statement on IHG Security Breach

    Sep 19, 2022

    The Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) today released the following statement in response to the recent IHG ransomware attack: Last week, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) reported that its technology systems had been subject to unauthorized activity, which resulted in IHG’s booking channels, Reservations & Customer Care (RCC) call centres, and internal systems, such as Merlin and the IHG Help Desk, being disrupted. As a result, hotel franchisees – including many AAHOA Members – across the country saw a complete shutdown in guestroom bookings during this outage.

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

    Sep 16, 2022

    Last week, 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. They discussed several key issues affecting the hospitality industry, including the many unfair practices in franchising and the FTC’s Franchise Rule.

  • AAHOA Meets with Members of Congress in DC

    Sep 16, 2022

    AAHOA Members and leaders recently met in Washington, DC, for AAHOA’s Fall National Advocacy Conference to make their voices heard and shed light on the issues that matter most to America’s hotel owners by meeting with more than 100 offices and 40 U.S. Senators and Representatives.

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

    Sep 16, 2022

    AAHOA’s 2022 AAHOA Fall National Advocacy Conference provided the opportunity for America’s hoteliers to connect with legislators in our nation’s capital and engage with a bipartisan group of policy experts and lawmakers who will ultimately vote on bills and pass legislation that can have a tremendous impact on AAHOA’s nearly 20,000 members and the hospitality industry at large.

  • Hotels as Homeless Shelters: Could Potential New Measure Destroy the Industry in Cities Like L.A.?

    Sep 14, 2022

    With conversations happening on a national scale regarding the use of vacant hotel rooms to shelter unhoused citizens, hotel owners are left wondering whether this is the straw that breaks the industry's back.

  • Choice Hotels International Launches 'Your Key to Profit' to Support Franchise Owners

    Sep 14, 2022

    Choice Hotels International is aiming to boost owner profitability with a free resource for its hotel owners: Your Key to Profit. Launching in the fourth quarter of 2022, the new platform will centralize all of Choice's proprietary profitability tools in an on-demand, mobile-friendly system.

  • Dozens of Louisiana Hotels Disrupted by IHG Cyber Attack

    Sep 12, 2022

    A cyber attack recently hit dozens of IHG Hotels and Resorts in Louisiana, including branches of the Holiday Inn and InterContinental. IHG CEO Keith Barr told franchise owners that the company's technology systems had been "subject to unauthorized activity", which meant that IHG’s booking channels, reservations, customer care call centers, and the IHG Help Desk "have been significantly disrupted."