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Latino Hotel Association To Host 2011 International Conference & Expo in Las Vegas

Nov. 8, 2011

Officials of the Latino Hotel Association (LHA), the global organization dedicated to expanding Latino ownership, leadership, and commerce in the hotel industry, today announced that the organization's Inaugural International Conference & Expo will take place Nov. 16-18 at the Tropicana Las Vegas in Nevada. The three-day conference of informational sessions and workshops will feature a speaker roster of top national and international executives in the hotel and property management industries. Participants also will attend LHA's signature fundraising event during the conference, the much anticipated Battle of the Brands, featuring industry leaders facing off in a boxing ring.

Eighteen featured speakers will address a wide range of issues related to development, financing, operational management, marketing and sales. They include:

Patrick J. Feltes, senior vice president, GE Capital Franchise Finance

Ed Hoganson, executive vice president of finance and business development, Crestline Hotels & Resorts

Carlos Rodriguez, president and managing partner, DVI Cardel & Rodblu Investment Funds, executive vice president, Driftwood Hospitality Management, LLC

Alex Yemenidijan, chairman of the board and CEO, Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Inc.

Jesse Luis, vice president of real estate and land acquistions, Choice Hotels International

"Over the course of three days, some of the industry's leading national and international hoteliers will lead educational seminars and workshops regarding various aspects of the hospitality industry," said Bill Fortier, senior vice president of development Americas, Hilton Worldwide and chairman of LHA. "Networking remains an important aspect of the conference, and Latino hotel owners, developers, operators will have ample opportunity to meet to discuss financing, development, marketing, operational management and sales with their fellow attendees."

"Latino participation in the hospitality industry has been increasing steadily for the last several years," said Angela Gonzalez-Rowe, president and founder of LHA. "The purpose of the conference is to foster a positive working environment for future expansion of Latinos in the business of hotels. Proceeds from the International Conference & Expo will go toward education and training programs of Latino hoteliers in hospitality industry practices, including operations, finance and fostering brand relationships."

For more information on the conference and to register, please visit the LHA's website at, or contact Angela Gonzalez-Rowe at (281) 668-9165 or by email at

Hotel registration fees are $85 per night from Nov. 15-17, and $125 per night from Nov. 18-19. Hotel registration ends Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

Source: Copyright Business Wire 2011

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