Apr 6, 2019      Blog      

Hospitality is Working April Newsletter


Creating Opportunities, Supporting Communities

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) is proud to join with our member companies and national partners to raise public awareness about sexual assault and reaffirm the hotel industry’s commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all employees and guests.

AHLA has a long-standing commitment to raising awareness of sexual violence and providing hotel operators with state of the art and industry recognized trainings, tools, and resources to educate employees on identifying and reporting sexual harassment and assault.

To learn more about our efforts to raise awareness about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please view:

AHLA’s 2019 Board of Directors dressed in jeans on April 2 during its board meeting to launch a campaign recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

AHLA is an official sponsor of Peace Over Violence’s Denim Day activities on April 24 and will join millions of individuals to wear jeans for the purpose of supporting survivors and educating others about all forms of sexual violence. AHLA’s donation will allow Peace Over Violence to continue to lead and expand critical violence prevention education campaign throughout the Los Angeles metro area.


 To learn more about AHLA’s campaign to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please visit  https://www.ahla.com/5star or follow us on Twitter @HospitalityWins and on Facebook at @HospitalityIsWorking.


 $167 Billion

Hotels generate $167 billion in federal, state and local taxes.


“As one of the busiest travel destinations in the country, Orlando has a thriving hotel and lodging industry, and many more properties are being built to accommodate visitor demand,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.  “I am proud to partner with AHLA, AHLEF, FRLA, and other hoteliers committed to creating jobs and investing in the lives of local individuals by providing the tools and resources needed to succeed.”


AHLA: Our President & CEO @ChipRogersGT with the @CALodging Board of Directors and CA Senate President Pro Tem @SenToniAtkins illustrating their commitment to #HumanTrafficking training. @BEST_Alliance

Representative Chris Rabb: “The hardest-to-find workers are no longer computer engineers.  They are home health care aides, restaurant workers, and hotel staff.  The shift is happening because more and more Americans are going to college and taking professional jobs, while working-class baby boomers are retiring en masse.”

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation: #MondayMotivation: Congrats to Tessa Laine Sherman-Fecht, Real Hospitality Group, who is receiving her AHLEF apprentice certification!  Pictured here with her GM Bradley Preston, Tessa is now Front Office Manager at the Aloft Broomfield Denver.  We can’t wait to see where your career takes you!

Heather Italiano: Congratulations Amy Herberg, General Manager of the Hyatt House Parsippany/Whippany on achieving her Certified Hotel Administrator certification through professional scholarship funds from American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation!  “I’m very excited and appreciative of this amazing opportunity I have dreamed of.  I LOVED the entire program.  It was a great reinforcement and refresh of my knowledge, and an opportunity for new learning.” – Amy Herberg

AHLA: AHLA CEO William “Chip” Rogers talks about the lodging industry’s impact on tourism in Tallahassee for Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Florida Tourism Day.


 Investing In Our Workforce

 AHLA Press Release: Mayor Dyer Joins Hotel Industry To Announce $75,000 Grant To Orlando Groups To Train Youth For Hospitality Careers

 “Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer joined the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF), the foundation arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), to announce a $75,000 grant to help Orlando community-based organizations – Second Harvest and After-School All-Stars – recruit and train individuals to join the growing and dynamic hotel industry.  In Orlando, more than 190,000 young adults are looking for employment.  Yet, the Orlando hotel industry has more than 7,600 job openings annually and nearly 400 positions open currently.  Grant funds will connect youth to employers in the hospitality industry and provide training to help them succeed.  As a result of the AHLEF grant, After-School All-Stars will be able to expand by at least two additional high schools in the Orlando area its after school training program, which will focus on developing job readiness skills to train youth for jobs in the hospitality industry.  Additionally, Second Harvest will host culinary focused trainings for job seekers.”

 Lodging Magazine: Creating Opportunities, Supporting Communities: Hospitality Is Working Across The Country

 “At AHLA, we believe that there is no better place to launch a career than the hotel and lodging industry.  More than half of hotel and department managers began their hotel careers in entry-level positions.  In fact, many CEOs in this industry started their hospitality careers washing dishes.  As an industry, we take incredible pride in that.  At its core, the hotel and lodging industry is about people – especially the more than eight million people who work proudly in support of our businesses and guests.  That is why we are committed to investing in our greatest resource – the men and women at the heart of hotels.”

 Tri-Cities Business News: State Hospitality Group Aims To Boost Industry Employment

 “The Washington Hospitality Association is hoping to see more job seekers land work in the hospitality industry this year through a proposed bill in the state Legislature.  The bill would provide $150,000 for the association’s nonprofit educational wing to use to hold career fairs focused on on-the-job-learning opportunities, said David Faro, director of the association’s Education Foundation.  House Bill 1556, which would establish the Opportunities for Employment in Hospitality Grant, targets underserved groups, including those experiencing homelessness, those re-entering the workforce after an extended absence, veterans and spouses of veterans.  A companion Senate Bill 5808, also has been introduced in the state Senate.”

Travel Pulse: Travel Industry’s Top Names Recognized for LGBTQ Equality

 “Some of the travel industry’s biggest companies and brands have been recognized for providing workplaces that consistently show a commitment to LGBTQ equality.  Among the household names that received top honors this year on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) were Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG); United Airlines, American Airlines and also Carnival Corporation. Issued annually by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the CEI rates workplaces based on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality.”

Finger Lakes Times: Hyatt Announces The Global Winner Of The Good Taste Series Annual Culinary Challenge

 “Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the winner of The Good Taste Series competition, an annual global contest that cultivates emerging chefs and celebrates cultural diversity.  A testament to Hyatt’s commitment to culinary excellence and creativity, The Good Taste Series is open to anyone from line cooks to executive sous chefs in Hyatt hotels globally.”

Protecting Our Employees & Guests

AHLA Press Release: AHLA Launches Campaign Recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month

 “In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) is launching a month-long campaign along with member companies and national partners to raise public awareness about sexual assault and reaffirm the hotel industry’s commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all employees and guests. Today, AHLA’s 2019 Board of Directors launched this campaign by uniting against sexual violence with an open letter in The Wall Street Journal, and by wearing jeans as part of a social media movement ahead of Peace Over Violence’s Denim Day on April 24.”

 JD Supra: Leaders Representing Industries And Associations Join EEOC For Roundtable Discussion On Harassment Prevention

 “Today the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) convened an ‘Industry Leaders Roundtable Discussion on Harassment Prevention.’  Rosanna Maietta, Executive Vice President of Communications & Public Relations of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and President of the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation, described the 5-Star Promise, a pledge to provide hotel employees with employee safety devices and to adopt enhanced policies, trainings and resources to improve hotel safety, including preventing and responding to sexual harassment and assault.”

Fauquier Times: ‘Human Trafficking Is Here. It’s Everywhere.’

 “On a recent Monday morning, 40 hotel managers and employees gathered at the Hampton Inn near Interstate 66 to hear from Prince William County police officers who specialize in the crime of trafficking. They had come to learn the signs of trafficking and what to do about it.  Hampton Inn General Manager Jennifer Decker organized the event.  ‘The only way to stop this is to bring awareness to it,’ she said.”

Supporting Our Communities

Reuters: Marriott To Open 1,700 Hotels, Return $11 Billion To Shareholders By 2021

“Marriott International Inc said on Monday it plans to open more than 1,700 hotels and return up to $11 billion to shareholders by 2021 as part of its three-year growth strategy, sending its shares up as much as 3 percent … Opening of 1,700 hotels by 2021 will average more than 500 hotels per annum, adding between 275,000 and 295,000 rooms over the next three years, and potentially generating $400 million in fee revenue in 2021.”

Herald-Whig: Lodging Lobbyist Warns Of Legislation Changing Hotel Tax

“Jacobson, of Chicago, spoke at a meeting of the Greater Quincy Hotel and Lodging Association on Thursday at Town & Country Inn and Suites.  ‘Everyone in the state will be hit by this if this goes through,’ he said.  He recalled how a downtown Chicago hotel collected $250,000 from the state last year, while a Champaign hotel collected $5,000 last year.  ‘This is a matter of some very real dollars and cents,’ Jacobson said, who went on to say that there is a misconception among the state’s elected leaders that the hotel industry is a ‘cash cow.’”

Construction Dive: Hotel Construction Pipeline Reaches 8-Year High In 2018

“The U.S. led the world in hotel projects (5,530) and rooms (669,456) in development or under construction but is still more than 350 projects and roughly 116,000 rooms short of its 2008 peak.  The U.S. accounted for 41% of the global pipeline, followed by China’s 20%. New York City, Dallas and Los Angeles were among the top five cities in the world with the most hotel projects in the works.”

Hospitality Upgrade: New Hotel Trend Survey Reveals Major Advancements Across The Industry

“The American Hotel & Lodging Association released the results of a comprehensive lodging survey, a detailed assessment of advancements in amenities, guest services, sustainability and technology, in addition to other industry trends.  This recent survey underscores how hotels advance, accommodate and innovate the guest experience.”

Asian Hospitality: Survey: Hotel Advances Lean Toward Young Travelers, Sustainability And Technology

“COMMON SPACES FOR younger travelers, rising ‘Green Certification’ and accommodation of guests’ ongoing love affair with mobile technology are some of the trends explored in the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s recently released Lodging Survey.  The biannual report is compiled in partnership with STR.  The survey assesses advancements in amenities, guest services, sustainability and technology trends. It is funded by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation, AHLA’s philanthropic organization.  This year it found several trends that cater to millennial travelers.  ‘Data like this helps the industry continue to move forward and create new opportunities for its guests, employees and surrounding communities,’ said Amanda Hite, president and CEO of STR.”