188 | Lawsuits, Legislation & Licensing with Imesh Vaidya


Imesh is a second-generation hotelier from New Mexico who has owned and managed hotels for more than 25 years. He currently owns and manages 7 franchised properties and he has two more under construction and scheduled to open in 2019.

Imesh has served on the franchise advisory councils of LaQuinta and IHG, and has led the New Mexico Lodging Association for three years. He has also been active in AAHOA in a variety of leadership positions, and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

In This Episode, Imesh reveals …

  • The background regarding nuisance lawsuits against hotel owners based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), how it all started, how the problem has progressed, and what you steps you can take to protect your property.
  • Key political initiatives today, why you should get involved, and why working with government is so important for hotel owners.
  • His experience as an owner/developer which led to his service on various owner councils, including LaQuinta and IHG, some of the main issues franchisees are facing today, and his objectives for improving relations between franchisors.
  • Why he’s running for AAHOA Secretary and what he hopes to accomplish.

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Imesh Vaidya

  • 311 | Shelters From the Norm: Hotels used for hospitals and housing face unexpected problems

    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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