Industry Update
Appointment 5 March 2021

Chirag Shah

Appointed Senior Vice President of Federal Affairs
At American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) in Washington - DC, USA

Chirag Shah

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) announced the addition of Chirag Shah to the newly created role of senior vice president of federal affairs.

In this role, Shah will lead AHLA's federal relations team, developing and executing advocacy strategy on Capitol Hill and with the new Biden Administration. He joins AHLA at a critical time for the hotel industry, as it struggles to regain its footing on the heels of the historic COVID-19 pandemic, which has ravaged the travel sector.

Shah comes to AHLA from the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), where he served as vice president of government affairs and counsel. During his tenure, AAHOA garnered support for critical small business issues including tax reform, workforce relations, U.S. Small Business Administration lending and economic stimulus in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Chirag led AAHOA's political strategy, growing its PAC from $250,000 to more than $1 million. Prior to joining AAHOA, Chirag served as a deputy director and legal advisor at the Republican National Committee, the campaign manager for Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, and in multiple roles for U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.-02) .

American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers.
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