“When we check into hotels, we rarely think of the owners whose entrepreneurial spirit has created the luxurious accommodations we immerse ourselves in. And for Asian American hoteliers, bringing their visions to life often comes with a unique set of challenges.”
So wrote journalist Rachel Chang in the June issue of Travel & Leisure. The magazine selected “13 Amazing Asian American-owned Hotels in the U.S,” a list that includes Seaside’s SaltLine Hotel.
“We were very fortunate to get the honor because Travel & Leisure magazine is one of the leaders in the industry,” co-owner and manager director Masudur Khan, said Thursday. “During the pandemic, everybody worked really hard and it all came together.”
He said the hotel, which opened one year ago, is almost 100% sold out every night.
Khan, who grew up in Bangladesh and moved to the United States when he was 28, chairman of the board of directors of the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, a position he will hold until August.
Clarann Register, Tazkyah Khan, Rida Kauser, Masudur Khan and Asran Farooqui.
In addition to honors for SaltLine, Khan was the Asian American Hotel Owners recipient of the Outreach Award for Philanthropy. Khan and employees of Seaside Lodging have contributed to Distressed Children and Infants International, a U.S.-based non-profit organization established at Yale University in 2003 and currently headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. DCI supports initiatives for children in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Nicaragua.