Why Do Indian-Americans Own So Many Hotels?


Indian-Americans run about 40% of America’s hospitality industry – and 70% of those Indian-Americans have the last name “Patel.” While the name Patel has become synonymous with business, especially in the South Asian community, that reputation hasn’t come easy, and hasn’t always come with a lot of rewards.

Learn more here:

The New York Times. “A Patel Motel Cartel.” http://www.nytimes.com/1999/07/04/magazine/a-patel-motel-cartel.html

NPR. “Here to Stay: How Indian-Born Innkeepers Revolutionized America’s Motels.” http://www.npr.org/2016/03/05/469180918/here-to-stay-how-indian-born-innkeepers-revolutionized-americas-motels

Colorlines. “How a Staple of Americana Became the Indian-American Dream.” http://www.colorlines.com/articles/how-staple-americana-became-indian-american-dream

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Presented by: Sana Saeed
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