AHLA PRAISES HOUSE FOR VOTE TO STRENGTHEN ADA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 15, 2018The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017. The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Representatives Ted Poe (R-Texas 2) and Scott Peters (D-California 52), strengthens the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by ensuring compliance and providing businesses a defined time frame to identify and correct potential violations.

The following is a statement from Brian Crawford, Senior Vice President and head of government affairs at AHLA.

“As hoteliers, our mission is to make every guest feel comfortable and welcome. Our industry is committed to ensuring all individuals have access to our facilities. We strongly support the Americans with Disabilities Act, and our industry has worked diligently to ensure our properties are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

“Unfortunately, some bad actors have exploited the ADA for personal financial gain with no corresponding benefit for the disability community. AHLA strongly supports the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, which will give businesses the opportunity to identify and correct a potential infraction, while also advancing the cause of accessibility.

“AHLA thanks Congressman Poe and Congressman Peters for their leadership, and to all the Representatives who voted in favor of this common-sense law.”

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Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry that advances long-term career opportunities for employees, invests in local communities across the country and hosts more than one billion guests’ stays in American hotels every year. AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and generates nearly $170 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments. Learn more at www.AHLA.com.