For this year’s opening keynote address at the Innkeeping Show, PAII has invited Katherine Lugar, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA). The AH&LA is a long-term player in the hospitality industry, having been instituted in 1910 as a trade association in Chicago. Its headquarters are now in Washington, D.C. The group is an advocate and representative for all sectors of the U.S. Lodging industry, from Hotel owners to Suppliers.
Ms. Lugar will speak on the combined goals for the AH&LA and PAII, which include: regulation of online lodging options such as Airbnb – which are operating on the same field as hotels and B&Bs, but not paying the same taxes, holding insurance, and following the same laws. The issue of promotion of American tourism to travelers from other countries will be covered. Another concern is extreme local wage initiatives, which threaten the ability of hoteliers and innkeepers to afford staff when they are precipitously high and fast. Ms. Lugar will also address the failure of OTAs (Online Travel Agencies) to collect and pay the proper amount of taxes on rooms, because their calculations only take into account the amount paid to the proprietor of the establishment rather that the rates paid to them by the consumer.
PAII has scheduled a wonderful line-up of speakers throughout the conference. We’re looking forward to listening and learning from all of them!