WASHINGTON—Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) and Marriott International president and CEO Arne Sorenson will kick off a new series launched by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and hosted by president and CEO Chip Rogers. The Forum, a series of thought-provoking conversations brings together the nation’s top business and political leaders to discuss forces that will shape the hotel industry of tomorrow. This new series is an expansion of The Forum, an AHLA Experience™, and will be an on-going speaker series tackling critical issues that are front and center for the hospitality industry.
“In a time of great uncertainty, gaining insights and projecting a path forward is more important than ever. We are grateful to Governor Hogan and Arne Sorenson for joining AHLA as we launch this new series to explore how the hotel industry is overcoming the devastation we have faced as a result of COVID-19. These important discussions between industry and political leaders will provide unique insight for our members as we continue to navigate the road to recovery together,” said Chip Rogers, President & CEO of AHLA.
The Forum: An AHLA Experience™ is the strategic industry gathering that convenes the most influential thinkers and the most senior level hospitality executives and leadership to advance the objectives of the global hospitality ecosystem. The Forum strives to accelerate the success of the organizations that attend, by understanding the shifting landscape and with a lens of new opportunities and challenges facing our industry.
The new series will also feature other industry luminaries including Jon Bortz, AHLA Chair of the Board
Chairman, President & CEO, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust; Mark Hoplamazian, AHLA Vice Chair of the Board President & CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Justin Knight, AHLA Secretary/Treasurer President & CEO, Apple Hospitality REIT; Geoff Ballotti, AHLA Immediate Past Chair of the Board President & CEO, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts; Greg Juceam, AHLAF Chair of the Board of Trustees President & COO, G6 Hospitality; Pat Pacious, President & CEO, Choice Hotels International; and Elie Maalouf, CEO, IHG Americas.