108 | Education is the Most Powerful Weapon with Miraj Patel


Miraj S. Patel, CHIA, CHO is a highly motivated young professional who is currently pursuing a B.S. in Hotel & Lodging Management at Johnson & Wales University. He is the President & CEO of Houston, TX based, Mirage Hospitality, and he has spoken at various business, educational, social and legislative conferences.

Miraj earned his Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) and Certified Hotel Owner (CHO). For Miraj, passion and dedication are what pave the way towards his visions. He is determined to make an impact in the hospitality industry through innovations and creating unique ideas. Starting at an early age in the hospitality industry, he understands the business and continues to be energetic about learning. Prior to starting Mirage Hospitality with his family, Miraj spent four years interning with various companies in corporate Houston such as; LINN Energy, Salient Partners, Valencia Group and Arnold & Porter.

In This Episode, Miraj Reveals:

  • His experience as a second generation hotelier and why he chose to pursue a career in Hospitality.
  • Why continuous learning is important to him.
  • Why he chose to become AAHOA’s youngest Lifetime member, his experience serving on an AAHOA Committee, and as a Millennial, why being involved in the association is important to him.
  • Some of the ways Airbnb is impacting hoteliers, why he addressed the Miami City Council at a Planning and Zoning Meeting, and what changes are being made as a direct result of that meeting.

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Miraj S. Patel

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    A year ago, Darshan Patel, CEO of Hotel Investment Group in San Diego, California, was one of the first hoteliers in the U.S. to step up and offer properties to overwhelmed hospitals seeking places to care for COVID and non-COVID patients as well as vulnerable populations. As the crisis eases and Hotel Investment Group works to return the hotels to business, Patel is negotiating with local governments to pay for the wear and tear on the properties. Patel is not alone as many hoteliers are unexpectedly dealing with problems that state and local governments’ urgent decisions have created, including property damage, increased costs and eviction bans. This report is the second in a two-part series examining the pros and cons of opening hotels to alternative uses during the pandemic. It is part of Long Live Lodging’s special coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hospitality industry.

  • 310 | Hotels Convert to Housing: Federal COVID-19-relief funds fuel transactions

    Dhruv Patel, president of Ridgemont Hospitality, in October shared a bittersweet moment with his parents, Pravin and Sima Patel, when the family business sold the first motel that Pravin had built from the ground up more than 30 years ago. But they rest assured knowing it was the right decision because the 22-room property is being converted into affordable housing for military veterans at risk of homelessness. The transaction is among hundreds taking place across the U.S. as state and local governments work with non-profit agencies to create affordable housing solutions for vulnerable populations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In Episode 310 Long Live Lodging reports on the financial and legal aspects of what it takes to convert a hotel into long-term housing. This report is part of Long Live Lodging’s special coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hospitality industry.

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