With over five thousand hotel owners, operators and vendors attending this years’ conference, AAHOA is truly a site to see; surrounded by some of the most successful owners and operators in today’s industry. An exceptional list of speakers including soon to be Hall of Famer, 2015-16 Super Bowl Champion quarter back, Peyton Manning and hit TV show star Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary; AAHOA set out this year to present its members and attendees with the biggest and best conference to date. Presenting the idea of family, togetherness and leadership, AAHOA truly is a large knit family community aimed at one common goal: bringing success to everyone.
The 2016 AAHOA Conference started off with a delightful treat to its attendees and members by bringing out 5 of the most powerful people in the hospitality industry; in an open panel setting were the CEO’s of Wyndham, Marriott, Choice, IHG, and Best Western hotel companies. Opening discussions included our current immigration situation and its effect on occupancy, tourism opportunities in Cuba, reaching millennials and turning them into loyal customers and lastly, the extreme effects of wage increases on small businesses and hotels.
Following the opening ceremonies, the trade room floor opened its doors and the show commenced. Hundreds of dealers from architects to in room guest technology companies, private equity firms and linen dealers are to be found throughout the show room floor with owners and operators exploring all to see. 2016 is surely a great year for AAHOA and job well done to all those who put in the hard work!