Registration is now open for the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) 2013 Legislative Action Summit (LAS), April 23-24, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
Hotel Interactive’s own Editor- In-Chief Glenn Haussman will host a panel featuring a policy discussion from senior lodging industry executives discussing the industry’s most pressing legislative issues.
LAS brings together hundreds of hoteliers from across the country to focus on bottom line issues impacting the lodging industry: meaningful and workable immigration reform; reforming visa laws to increase foreign travel to the U.S.; protecting the industry against unfair labor rulings; health care implementation; and tax reform.
The conference also provides an opportunity for hoteliers to educate lawmakers about the importance of lodging to the U.S. economy. The U.S. lodging industry is comprised of over 4.8 million guest rooms and employs 1.8 million workers nationwide. Industry annual sales exceed $137 billion, and travel-related wages are over $194 billion. Nationally, the travel and tourism industry is one of the top 10 employers in 48 states and the District of Columbia.
“The power of LAS lies in the ability of constituents, actual voters from congressional districts across the country, to sit down and explain issues directly to their senators and representatives,” said Marlene Colucci, AH&LA executive vice president for public policy. “These meetings provide opportunities for hoteliers to explain the impact of legislation and regulations on their businesses and to demonstrate the importance of lodging on the local level. They also create relationships which the industry can utilize in the future.”
LAS attendees benefit from insights shared during expert panels, meet with their members of Congress, and hear from key members of Congress and the Administration on policy priorities for 2013. In addition, Hotel Interactive’s Glenn Haussman will host a panel featuring a policy discussion from senior lodging industry executives.
Visit www.ahla.com/LAS for more information and to register for this critical event.
AH&LA’s LAS is generously supported by our founding sponsor American Express, supporting sponsors Cornell University School of Hospitality Administration, HD Supply, Heartland Payment Systems, and our media sponsors Hotel Business, Hotel Management, and USA Today.
Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom-line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members. For more about AH&LA, visit www.ahla.com .