AAHOA's History

Asians have a rich tradition of entrepreneurship, self-improvement, and family values. After India's independence in 1947, many of that country's young people immigrated to the United States to pursue their education and "the American Dream."
Mart Motel in San Francisco is generally considered the first property owned by a member of AAHOA.

The first AAHOA Board of Advisors in 1989.

Many of these new immigrants arrived in America with backgrounds as entrepreneurs and business owners.

During the 1970s, Indian Americans saw tremendous opportunities for prosperity in the hospitality industry, and many began to save their money in order to purchase hotels. Word quickly spread throughout the community about the potential of the hotel industry as a niche market, and the Indian American influence in hospitality began.

These new hoteliers faced discrimination within the industry, particularly from banks and insurance companies. To overcome these obstacles, hoteliers collaborated to form various groups, culminating in the creation of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) in 1989.

Today, AAHOA members own 60% of all hotels in the United States. Many of the original “accidental hoteliers” have passed the baton to their U.S.-educated children. These second-generation and third-generation of sophisticated, professional hotel owners and developers are positioned to build on the foundation established by their immigrant parents.

December 2022

Today's Hotelier

Today's Hotelier is the award-winning official monthly magazine of AAHOA. Read by hospitality leaders representing independent properties and nearly every major brand, it explores the most critical issues facing the hospitality industry.

Today's Hoteller offers a deep dive into industry news and issues. It explores hospitality's most critical issues from minimum-wage adjustments and drive-by lawsuits to tax reform and workforce relations. It also offers thoughtful examinations of our dynamic and ever-changing industry

Today's Hotelier also provides a wealth of practical guidance on everyday life as a notel owner Each month, industry experts weigh in on everyday ownership.concerns, such as financing F6B OTAS, and interior design Todays Hoteler is the go-to publication for all hospitality industry professionals.

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12 Points of Fair Franchising Educational Webinar Series

A Deeper Dive on AAHOA's 12 Points
AAHOA's 12 Points Webinar Series brings you the information you need related to the 12 Points of Fair Franchising, which continue AAHOA's mission to support the long-term, mutually beneficial relationship between industry Franchisors and Franchisees.

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AAHOA's mission is to advance and protect the business interests of hotel owners through advocacy, industry leadership, professional development, member benefits, and community engagement.


To be the foremost resource and advocate for America’s hotel owners.


  • Member-centric
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  • One team
  • High-achieving
  • Forward-thinking