AAHOA Chair Vinay Patel traveled to Washington, D.C. in early November for a productive day of meetings with White House officials and members of Congress. Dean Heyl, AAHOA Vice President of Government Affairs, Jordan Heiliczer, AAHOA Senior Director of Government & Political Affairs, and AAHOA’s contract lobbyists joined Vinay on the Hill as they met with representatives and senators on both sides of the aisle.
“It was a pleasure to represent AAHOA and speak with elected officials about our organization, the hotel industry’s recovery, franchising, small business relief, and more. We touched upon how packages like the CARES Act, including PPP and EIDL, kept small businesses afloat throughout the pandemic, but also why there’s still a critical need for continued relief for small businesses,” said Vinay. “We discussed how today’s reopening of the U.S. borders for vaccinated travelers from Canada, Mexico, Europe, and more, is a welcoming sign that international tourism is slowly rebounding, which is nothing short of great news for our industry. In addition, I let each representative and official know that AAHOA would like to be involved in initiatives that Congress is working on to benefit small businesses, the economy, labor, access to capital, and travel and tourism.”
AAHOA and Vinay extend sincere appreciation to Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH-02), Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX-33), Congressman Ben Cline (R-VA-06), Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-03), Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC-02), Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA-46), and the White House.