Indian-born Dalpatbhai patel who had bought the first motel in the United States in 1970, started a viral gold rush that saw motels come to be known as potels in the American lexicon – meaning proliferation.


The family thought he would become a successful engineer in the United States and send enough money to his family who are staying in Malekpore, a small village near Bardoli.

Gujaratis, mostly Patels, own 21,000 of the 53,000 hotels and motels in the United States. This represents 42% of the hospitality market worth over $40 billion. Once Hasmukh Rama came to the United States from Vadodara in 1969, he started his career as a waiter.
But now he is the CEO of JHM Hotels which owns 70 hotels. he said in an interview that “he never forgot the struggle he had to face in his life, those were hard and difficult days.” are Gujaratis, claims that each year around $700 million in taxes are paid annually by Indian-American hoteliers and create millions of jobs.
Nowadays, Marriott, Hilton and Starwood are opening more franchises for their hotels in and around the United States.

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