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AAHOA convention to feature political debate

December 16
03:38 2011

NEW YORK: As economic uncertainty and the role government in addressing problems stemming from that are likely to continue to be a hot topic in the run up to the 2012 Presidential elections, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) has announced a debate between former Democratic National Committee Chair (DNC) Howard Dean and former Republican National Committee Chair (RNC) Michael Steele.
The debate will take place on May 4 during the 2012 AAHOA Annual Convention & Trade Show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Foreclosures and a lack of access to capital are still daily threats to hoteliers, and the political arena remains divided on what must be done, and so in an effort to provide information from top political insiders, AAHOA said it was organizing the debate during its forthcoming convention, which will be moderated by ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondent Jonathan Karl.
Before being elected to DNC Chair in 2005, Howard Dean served six terms as the Governor of Vermont. Dean left office in Vermont to run for President in 2003 where he implemented innovative fundraising strategies. As Chair of the DNC, Dean created and implemented the “50 State Strategy” and the development of 21st century campaign tools.
Michael Steele was elected to RNC Chair in 2009. Under his leadership, the Republican Party broke fund-raising records and won majorities in both the House and Senate following the 2010 elections. A self-described “Lincoln Republican”, Steele earned a place in history in 2003 when he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, becoming the state’s first African American elected to statewide office.
“Howard Dean and Michael Steele are heavy hitters in the political arena and are sure to deliver a knockout performance,” said AAHOA Chairman Hemant Patel. “Our members are very excited to hear them share their positions regarding the crucial issues as well as their opinions on how to help hoteliers and small business owners during these trying economic times.”
“AAHOA is honored to showcase this anticipated debate during our 2012 Annual Convention & Trade Show,” said AAHOA President Fred Schwartz. “Year in and year out, the AAHOA Annual Convention proves to be the premier event in the lodging industry with an exceptional lineup of guest speakers, and our upcoming Convention in Atlanta will be no different. With the political landscape constantly changing as we approach the 2012 elections, this debate promises to deliver a riveting discussion that no one will want to miss.”
AAHOA claims to be the voice of owners in the hospitality industry. Founded in 1989, it is now one of the fastest-growing organizations in the industry, with nearly 11,000 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.
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