HM on location: Pride, passion, purpose color AAHOA’s 30th anniversary convention

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Source: Hotel Management
By Stefani C. O’Connor
April 26, 2019

SAN DIEGO—A small city’s worth of attendees—an estimated 8,000—has turned out here to mark the 30th anniversary of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, boosting the local economy and bringing smiles to area hoteliers whose rooms they’re filling.

The sense of achievement was palpable yesterday in one of the ballrooms of the massive San Diego Convention Center where AAHOA members—owners, operators, managers and developers—and executives gathered to celebrate the organization’s journey from 1989 to the present, and to ensure its momentum continues far into the future.

While representing less than 50 percent of AAHOA’s current 18,500 members, the robust number of delegates was a tangible reminder of how far the association has come in three decades and since its first conference in 1990. Then, a few hundred attendees showed up in Atlanta and selected its first board of directors: HP Rama as chairman, Ravi Patel as vice chairman, Sunny Anand as second vice chairman and Nitin Shah as secretary.

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