ATLANTA: ChandraKant “C.K.” Patel, Chairman Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), has been named to the prestigious Travel and Tourism Advisory Board consisting of 30 leading travel and tourism business leaders. All the members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and they advise him on the industry-related programs and policies.
Travel and tourism is a vital segment of the U.S. economy, employing 8.2 million people and generating $1.3 in annual spending, or nearly 3 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). The industry is among the top employers in more than half of the U.S. states and territories.
“Those of us in the travel and tourism industry have a profoundly important role in the financial health of our country, especially in creating the jobs that are needed to spur our recovery and growth,” C.K. Patel said. “That’s why it’s a special honor – and responsibility – to give hoteliers a voice at this high-profile level of deliberation and decision-making.”
C.K. Patel has considerable experience in the hospitality industry and business community, including successful hotel ownership since 1982 and the founding of two community banks in Georgia. He currently is president of Atlanta-based BVM Holdings, which owns and operates hotels as well as commercial real estate investments.
AAHOA is the voice of owners in the hospitality industry. Founded in 1989, AAHOA is now one of the fastest-growing organizations in the industry, with 10,000 members owning more than 20,000 hotels that total $128 billion in property value. AAHOA members employ 578,600 full- and part-time workers with a $9.4 billion payroll. AAHOA is dedicated to promoting and protecting the interests of its members by inspiring excellence through programs and initiatives in advocacy, industry leadership, professional development, member benefits, and community involvement.