FRLA and AAHOA Announce Partnership to Bolster Efforts in Florida

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Elizabeth Ray
FRLA Communications Director
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(Tallahassee, FL) – The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) are proud to announce their new partnership designed to bolster hospitality industry advocacy efforts in Florida. This collaboration will bring together the more than 10,000 statewide members of the FRLA and the more than 14,000 nationwide members of AAHOA that represent 40 percent of all hotels in the United States.

“We are thrilled to partner with AAHOA because its members represent the best and brightest in the business. It is evident the organization is committed to ensuring small business owners are protected against burdensome regulations and that the Florida hospitality continues to thrive. This partnership fits perfectly with our mission to protect, educate and promote the state’s hospitality industry and we are excited about connecting with AAHOA members to bolster our efforts across Florida,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.

“As the largest hotel owners association in the world, we understand that Florida is a state that sets the tone for the industry nationwide. We are proud to continue to build our relationship with the FRLA because the organization consistently showcases effective legislative advocacy, an engaged membership, and educational opportunities. We look forward to this new partnership and feel that together we can effectively navigate the issues faced by business owners around the state,” said Chip Rogers, President and CEO of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.

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About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
FRLA is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Our mission is to ‘Protect, Educate and Promote’ Florida’s $82 billion hospitality industry which represents 23% of Florida’s economy and more than 1.1 million employees – making it the state’s number one industry. We offer regulatory compliance and food safety training needs (RCS and SafeStaff®); industry developed career-building high school programs (FRLAEF); sponsor the only event in Florida exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry (FR&L Show, October 6-8, 2015 in Orlando); and we safeguard the needs of the hospitality industry by providing legislative advocacy. We represent and serve more than 10,000 independent and household name members, suppliers, and theme parks. For more information, go to and find us on Twitter @FRLAnews, Facebook and YouTube.

Founded in 1989, AAHOA is the largest hotel owners association in the world, with over 14,000 small business owner-members. AAHOA members own more than 20,000 properties amounting to more than 40 percent of all hotels in the United States and employ nearly 600,000 workers, accounting for over $9.4 billion in payroll annually. For additional information, please go to