Frequently Asked Questions

How many hotels and guestrooms are there in the United States?

There are 54,200+ hotel properties in the United States, filling over 5 million guestrooms. There are more than 1.1 billion guests nights annually in the United States. Learn more on AHLA's Dreams Happen Here webpage, highlighting industry trends and statistics on how the hotel industry supports jobs, invests in guest experiences and spurs community growth. 

Where can I find more statistics on the latest hotel industry data?

You can visit AHLA's Dreams Happen Here page, which provides the latest data points on how the hotel and lodging industry supports jobs, invests in communities and serves guests. In addition, STR provides current facts and figures on the U.S. and global lodging industry. Data on construction, occupancy trends, and market performance and forecasts are available on the lodging benchmarking company's website.

Where can I find a source or list of vendors who service the lodging industry?

Though AHLA does not house this information, Lodging Magazine, the official publication of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, lists hundreds of industry vendors covering every facet of property operations in the Lodging Buyers Guide


What is the difference between a hotel and a motel?

For statistical purposes, there really is none. The term "motel" is derived from the term "motor hotel," which originally meant that the hotel provided parking (circa 1950s). The term motel today generally is used for a "limited service" properties with exterior corridors (i.e., a hotel that provides a limited number of amenities and does not provide food service).

How can I get figures to benchmark my hotel’s financial performance?

AHLA does not track this information. STR provides financial benchmarking data at the property level.

Where can I find information about operating a hotel?

The Educational Institute of AHLA is the premier industry resource for information on property management, employee training, certification courses and much more. Simply choose the department or area of interest you need help with:

Where can I get a set of job descriptions for hotel personnel?

A set of executive job descriptions can be found in the AHLA members only section, in the Best Practices Center.  More detailed job descriptions are available for purchase from the Educational Institute

Where can I get a list of hotel taxes around the country?

There is not a singular, publicly available, and continuously updated source for this type of data. AHLA’s 2016 U.S. Lodging Tax Study is available in the members only section 'AHLA Research' on the website. 

I have a question about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), who can I talk to?

The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division oversees ADA matters. The ADA Standards for Accessible Design (including lodging construction) were updated in 2010. The following links provide information on the new standards and other helpful facts on the ADA. In addition, AHLA members have access to ADA information and resources in the ADA section of the Best Practices Center on the website.

Department of Justice, ADA Home Page  
2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design 

Toll Free ADA Information Line - 1-800-514-0301  

Where can I find information on smoking laws related to hotels?

The Americans for Non-Smokers’ Rights (ANR) has a “smoke-free travel” section on their website specifically regarding hotels, and is continually updated with non-smoking legislation.