Fair Franchising, AAHOA Conference Issue
Newly Elected Treasurer Talks to Blue MauMau
CHARLOTTE, NC (Blue MauMau) - One of the largest and most influential associations within the hotel industry, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), finished its conference at the Charlotte Convention Center on Saturday, March 10.
Conference activities give evidence that fair franchising is becoming an increasingly important issue within its leadership. Mr. C.K. Patel, who was elected as treasurer at the Conference, is a well-known proponent of fair franchising, and was overwhelmingly voted in as treasurer, achieving a landslide 67% of the vote.
C.K. is not alone in urging hotel franchisors towards fairer franchising. The new chairman, Danny Patel, Vice-Chair Ash Patel and Secretary Tarun Patel are all favoring that stance. (Note: Over 60% of AAHOA members are surnamed Patel, a popular surname in Gujarat province in India.) According to its bylaws, AAHOA's top leaders succeed each other, with the treasurer entering the leadership succession chain, so that in four years the treasurer will be chairman. This system encourages follow-through, so it's a safe bet that the growing initiative of fair franchising is here to stay.
As a result of AAHOA's initiatives, Accor, one of the nation's largest economy lodging chains with approximately 300 franchised properties, announced that it will modify its UFOC and make other changes as proposed in AAHOA's 12 points of fair franchising.
In regard to the future, Mr. C.K. Patel states, "I need to sit down with the current Chair and see what he wants to achieve, so we can work on the issues together. Talking to him and judging by the speech he gave at the Convention, he is for fair franchising. I'm sure that we will all be working together to achieve that goal this year."