The Road to Recovery Runs Through AAHOA
August 3-6, 2021 | Dallas, TX
by HEATHER CARNES
AHOACON21 is a few short months away and will be AAHOA’s first in-person convention and trade show since 2019! It’s been an unprecedented 15 months for our industry, and there’s never been a more important time to gather for the largest hospitality event of 2021.
With leading names in the industry, incredible insights from experts you can trust, inspiration around every corner, and the chance to network, learn, and make deals on the trade show floor – all in person – you do not want to miss this year’s event on Aug. 3-6 in Dallas, TX.
At AAHOACON21, you’ll have the chance to:
- Meet with incredible vendors who are ready to help you prepare for the resurgence of travel
- Share stories, accomplishments, and insights from the pandemic and on the path to recovery
- Learn about the economic landscape from experts in the field
- Hear the latest updates out of Washington, D.C., including advocacy initiatives aimed at recovery
- Get insights from keynote speakers who are sure to inspire
- Celebrate the grand reopening of our industry and advancing further down the road to recovery
- Participate in AAHOA elections, general sessions, educational sessions, our Gala Reception, and more
It’s time to make plans to travel, see old friends, and gather for what will be a historic and unforgettable event this summer. We can’t wait to see you there! Register today at AAHOA.com/Convention.
HELP AAHOA RECOGNIZE THE INDUSTRY’S SHINING STARS: SUBMIT YOUR AWARDS NOMINEES TODAY
Each year, AAHOA honors hoteliers for their contributions to the hospitality industry, and the challenges of the past year have indeed revealed greatness. Do you know a hotelier who has gone above and beyond in their efforts, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic? Now is the time to nominate him or her for one of seven awards to be bestowed at AAHOACON21 on Aug. 3-6 in Dallas, TX. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, June 4, and you don’t need to be an AAHOA Member to submit a nomination. Visit AAHOA.com/Convention to learn more and submit your nominations.
- AAHOA Award of Excellence
- Cecil B. Day Community Service Award
- IAHA Independent Hotel of the Year Award
- Outreach Award for Philanthropy
- Outstanding Woman Hotelier of the Year Award
- Outstanding Young Professional Hotelier of the Year Award
- Political Forum Award for Advocacy
AAHOA LIFETIME MEMBERS: IMPORTANT DEADLINE
As a valued AAHOA Lifetime Member, you are eligible for a complimentary registration to the 2021 AAHOA Convention & Trade Show if you register on or before Friday, June 4, 2021.
WHERE THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY COMES TOGETHER
“The biggest thing we are looking forward to is to reconnect with old friends and meet new AAHOA Members. It has been a very challenging year during the pandemic with no conferences or meetings. We are thrilled that AAHOA will be hosting an in-person convention in Dallas, TX, and getting back to the “new” normal.”
Hitesh (HP) Patel, Past AAHOA Chairman, 2018-2019; COO, Curve Hospitality
“I’m most looking forward to being with the incredible AAHOA family and sending the world the message the hospitality business is back in action.
Glenn Haussman, CEO, No Vacancy News Media
“There is no annual conference that more of us from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts attend than AAHOACON. We look forward to getting together in person again as we work as an industry to navigate the recovery, restore profitability, and build a better path forward in a post-COVID world.”
Geoff Ballotti, President & CEO, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
“AAHOA has been the pinnacle when it comes to an industry conference. Looking forward to meeting with our hoteliers and learning how each one adapted their models during the pandemic to protect their NOI.”
Nishant (Neal) Patel, Treasurer, AAHOA
“I’m looking forward to meeting old friends and establishing new relationships.”
Andy Ingraham, President & CEO, National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD)
“AAHOACON is one of the highlights of the hotel industry’s annual event calendar. As a small business owner, I relate to and connect well with the AAHOA community. I have been going to AAHOACON for many years and find it to be an incredibly productive and enjoyable event.”
Harry Javer, President and Founder, The Lodging Conference
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and network with hotel owners from around the nation. See you in Dallas!!”
Rupesh Patel, Hotel Owner/Investor, Industry Advocate, RUPESH.co
“No question I am looking forward to getting together in person. There is no substitute for the personal connection to understand what we can continue to do to provide value to our owners.”
Jim Alderman, CEO, Radisson Hotel Group Americas
“I am looking forward to reconnecting with franchisees again in person with whom we have created genuine relationships, and share the excitement surrounding the Red Roof family of brands in 2021 with AAHOACON attendees.”
Matthew Hostetler, CDO, Red Roof Inns, Inc.
“Can’t wait for AAHOACON21. It has been some time since we had a chance to network with fellow hoteliers, meet up with vendors for new products and services, and get insight from leaders about the future of the industry.”
Bhavesh Patel, Past AAHOA Chairman, 2017-2018; Principal, ADM Hotels
“When I joined AAHOA last year, I looked forward to meeting Members at the famed AAHOA Convention & Trade Show. I did not expect that I would have to wait more than a year for that to happen. As we rebuild after the most challenging crisis to face our industry, it is important to remember that no hotelier has to go it alone. The road to recovery runs through AAHOA, and I cannot wait to see everyone, in person, in Dallas this August!”
Cecil P. Staton, President & CEO, AAHOA
“Hospitality is all about connections, and I can’t think of a better opportunity to reconnect than AAHOACON21. AAHOACON21 will be a chance to meet in person to share experiences and see old friends as we recover from the most trying time in the history of our industry.”
Mitch Patel, President & CEO, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.
“I am super excited to see all my AAHOA friends!”
Chip Rogers, President & CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association
“AAHOACON truly is where the hotel industry and AAHOA Members come together, providing content-rich education sessions, industry-leading speakers, and a plethora of opportunities to build purposeful, life-long relationships and partnerships to help advance and support the industry.”
Greg Cocchiarella, Vice President Industry Relations, Ecolab
“I am looking forward to seeing so many familiar faces from our membership and industry at AAHOACON21 in Dallas. After the year we have had to endure, it makes me appreciate my peers even more. The social interaction and networking at our conference this year is more valuable than ever. Can’t wait!”
Biran Patel, Chairman, AAHOA
“We are very much looking forward to AAHOACON21. This will be a great opportunity to reconnect with the AAHOA community. Our industry is a family that never gives up when times are tough.”
Lynette Montoya, President & CEO, Latino Hotel Association
“We are looking forward to seeing all of our friends and association partners we haven’t seen in over a year! We are super excited to see everyone in Dallas!”
Daniel Brown, National Sales Manager, Acculock, Inc.
“I am looking forward to meeting and listening to our fellow hoteliers. It’s been a long year. I am Zoomed out, and AAHOACON21 will be the kickoff signature event for AAHOA Members. Let’s make it an epic convention in Dallas!”
Bharat Patel, CHO, Secretary, AAHOA
“We are thrilled to attend AAHOACON21 this summer as travel is gaining important strides and business events begin to flourish again. It is especially exciting to join so many hoteliers and vendor partners in one of our great cities in Texas. See you in Dallas!!”
Scott Joslove, President & CEO, THLA
“After a year that has challenged us in unthinkable ways, we are all eager to come together in-person to celebrate our strength and resilience. There’s no substitute for human connection, and I am looking forward to seeing my old acquaintances and making new ones at AAHOACON.”
David Kong, President & CEO, Best Western
“Getting. Back. On. The. Road! That’s what I think everyone is looking forward to: striking up new conversations with old friends. Zoom fatigue is real and most people want to meet face to face again.”
David Eisen, Director of Hotel Intelligence, Americas, HotStats
“I’m looking forward to seeing and meeting all my fellow hoteliers in person. This will give me an opportunity to learn, see new products at the trade show, and to simply have fun!!”
Vinay Patel, Vice Chairman, AAHOA
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