The Potel phenomenon in US


When Hasmukh Rama came to the US from Vadodara in 1969, he started out as a waiter. Now, CEO of JHM Hotels which owns 70 hotels, Rama hasn’t forgotten those days of struggle.

Over three-and-a-half decades later, the Potel phenomenon has left the world gasping. Gujaratis, mainly Patels, now own 21,000 of the 53,000 hotels and motels in the US. It makes for a staggering 42% of the US hospitality market, with a combined worth of $40 billion.

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