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Q&A with Best Western’s New Chairman

Danny Patel, chairman of Best WesternHAWKINSVILLE, Ga.— What is the secret to building the world's largest hotel chain under a single brand name? If you ask its new chairman, the answer is putting its hotel owner-operators in charge instead of Wall Street investors as its competitors do.

Former AAHOA Chair Elected Best Western Chairman

Danny Patel in front of one of his Best Western hotel
A Best Western premium property in Vienna, Austria. photo/best western

PHOENIX – Best Western International Inc. announced on Friday that its board of directors has elected Dilipkumar 'Danny' Patel as board chairman.

Are Franchisees Agents of Franchisors?

Did you read that a federal district court in Utah recently found evidence that a Best Western franchisee was actually the "agent" of the franchisor? The evidence was based on the fact that Best Western had strict requirements for its franchisees, showing its ultimate authority.

Vantage Hospitality's CEO on What Fair Franchising Needs

Roger Bloss, CEO of Vantage Hospitality
Vantage Hospitality's CEO Roger Bloss; photo/bmm

ATLANTA — Roger Bloss, CEO and founder of Vantage Hospitality Group, sat down with Blue MauMau during the Asian American Hotel Owners Association's annual conference in Atlanta for a frank discussion on how to give fair franchising practices teeth and the importance of empowering hotel owners to make collective brand decisions.

Hotel Heads Face Tough AAHOA Crowd

CHICAGO – The Asian American Hotel Owners Association ended its 21st annual convention this weekend broadcasting a clear message to the hotel industry: AAHOA’s number one goal is to make sure its members’ best interests are brought to the table.

Hoteliers Say Don’t Boycott Arizona

ATLANTA—In response to nationwide calls to boycott Arizona and its companies because the state recently enacted a controversial law that permits local police to demand residency proof for individuals who they suspect of being unlawfully here, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) has come out in opposition to the new law, Arizona's SB1070 (pdf).

Boycott Cold Stone, Blimpie, Best Western?

Calls to boycott AriZona tea because some suppose it is in Arizona
AriZona tea company is from New York City, photo/DeusXFlorida, flickr