WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 19, 2017– The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) announced today that it has tapped Amy Travieso as vice president of government affairs, covering regulatory and legislative affairs on technology, innovation and other policy areas. She officially joins AHLA on January 2, 2018.
Travieso comes to AHLA from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she currently serves as the lead Democratic liaison for the Chamber’s Technology Engagement Center (C-Tec). Before joining the Chamber, she spent 10 years in the House of Representatives, serving the last six as the deputy chief of staff for Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28), who co-chairs the Blue Dog Coalition.
“We are excited to welcome Amy to our advocacy team. She brings wealth of experience and expertise in issues that impact our industry,” said Brian Crawford, incoming Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at AHLA. “Amy will be instrumental in building relationships and elevating the industry’s message on Capitol Hill and the Administration.”
In addition to supporting AHLA’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and with the Administration, Travieso will also provide strategic support for the association’s political action committee, HotelPAC. Travieso rounds out a team of 10 government affairs professionals with extensive experience on Capitol Hill and in federal and state advocacy. During the past year, AHLA has advanced legislation in several cities and states to combat illegal hotels, joined a U.S. Department of Labor task force on apprenticeships, and successfully pushed the House of Representatives to reinstate the definition of a joint employer under federal labor law.
About the American Hotel & Lodging Association
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.