About Us

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry generating $155.5 billion in annual sales from 4.9 million guestrooms.  

AH&LA Resources 

AH&LA's 3-year strategic plan is our roadmap for the future. This thoughtful plan is focused on four main areas: Focus on Advocacy, Enhance Member Value Proposition, Refine Governance Model, and Grow and Diversify Revenues. Click here to read the joint letter from AH&LA's president and CEO Katherine Lugar and 2015-16 Chair of the Board Jim Abrahamson. Click here to view the strategic plan in full. 

AH&LA's 2015 Annual Report provides an overview of the industry’s top concerns and a chronicle of a landmark year. Click here to view the report.

AH&LA’s 2015 Executive Brochure highlights the core principles, membership model and partners and committees that make AH&LA all together powerful. Click here to review the brochure.

AH&LA is partnered with state associations across the country to provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members. These partner state associations have the same mission and goals as AH&LA, and we work together to serve the best interest of our members and the hotel industry as a whole. Click here to view the complete list. 

AH&LA’s 2014 audited financial statements and 2013 Form 990, “Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax,” provides details of its operations and financial positions.  For additional information, contact Min Zhao at mzhao@ahla.com.   

For AH&LA contact information, please click here.

Organizational Structure

Board of Directors 

The AH&LA Board of Directors is comprised of C-level lodging executives representing the full scope of the lodging sector, including brands, owners and REITs, management companies, independents, and state associations. The AH&LA board meets twice yearly to discuss a broad range of industry- and association-related issues.

Executive Committee  

The AH&LA Executive Committee is comprised of 14 members from the board of directors and AH&LA's officers, and acts as the association's core governance group.


Each elected officer must be actively engaged in and devote the major part of his/her time to the hotel business. AH&LA's nominating committee submits a candidate(s) to the membership and a special election is held during AH&LA's Fall Conference to select one individual to become secretary/treasurer. 


AH&LA has six councils that provide members with opportunities for networking and information and idea sharing with colleagues from their specific industry segments. These are the Brands Council (comprised of hotel companies that own and/or market brands, including those that grant franchises for hotel brands and the individual properties branded by those hotel companies); Owners Council (comprised of hotel companies that own hotels); Management Companies Council (comprised of hotel companies that operate or manage hotels); Independent Hotels Council (comprised of hotels that are not branded); PSA Council (comprised of the Partner State Associations); and Allied Council (comprised of companies who do business with the lodging industry). 


AH&LA has a wide range of committees that help advise the strategic direction of the association and position us advantageously in the marketplace. Many committees are open to all members, while others require invitation. Click here for more information, or contact Kimberly Miles at kmiles@ahla.com.

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