AAHOA HAS ANNOUNCED the keynote speakers for its 2019 AAHOA Convention & Trade Show at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, that starts tomorrow. They include Khan Academy founder Sal Khan, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Mike Abrashoff, and Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
This year is the 30th anniversary for the convention and more than 8,100 hoteliers and hospitality-industry professionals are expected to attend. There will be nearly 800 booth trade show floor, and on-site conferences for women hoteliers, independent hoteliers, and young professional hoteliers.
“As we mark AAHOA’s 30th anniversary, we are fortunate to have innovators and thought leaders such as Sal Khan, Carly Fiorina, Mike Abrashoff, and Mick Mulvaney address our convention,” said Interim President and CEO Rachel Humphrey. “At every convention, we strive to provide our members with speakers drawn from a diverse and insightful group of accomplished leaders, and this year is no exception.”
On Friday evening, singer Sonu Nigam will perform an exclusive show for AAHOA conventioneers. Joining him on stage will be his longtime friend Jonita Gandhi. Nigam replaces Atif Aslam, who was originally slated to perform, after his promoter notified AAHOA that he unable to attend.
“We could not be more excited to add Sonu to our lineup,” Said Jagruti Panwala, AAHOA vice chairwoman and convention committee chairwoman. “He is one of the most amazing and influential artists of our time, and I know our members will be thrilled by the show,”
Panwala is to be sworn in as AAHOA’s first chairwoman during the convention.
“While we are disappointed Atif will not be able to make it this year, we are delighted to welcome Sonu to AAHOACON. We know his performance will be one of the highlights of our anniversary celebration,” said AAHOA Chairman Hitesh (HP) Patel.
On Saturday evening, Ayushmann Khurrana and Monali Thakur will perform.
More than 6,500 AAHOA members attended last year’s convention at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor.