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American Hotel & Lodging Association Hosting its
2004 U.S. Lodging Industry Summit,
May 11, 2004 in Washington, D.C. 
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Washington, March 26, 2004 — In commemoration of the 21st Annual National Tourism Week (May 8–16), the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is hosting its 2004 U.S. Lodging Industry Summit, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 11, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  The one-day national conference marks the first time leading lodging business analysts will gather to offer their collective perspectives and forecasts for the U.S. travel and hotel industries.

Participants, in this unprecedented event, will analyze current industry performance and provide their insight on the future.  Industry experts and accompanying trends to be discussed include: 

  • Consumer Behavior — D.K. Shifflet, president and CEO, D.K. Shifflet and Associates; 
  • Consumer Trends — Peter Yesawich, managing partner, Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell; 
  • E-commerce Performance — Philip Wolf, president and CEO, PhoCusWright Inc.;
  • Economic Overview — Bjorn Hanson, group industry leader, hospitality and leisure practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd.; 
  • Operating Performance — Mark Lomano, president, Smith Travel Research; and 
  • Supplier Performance — Pat Ford, president, Lodging Econometrics.
“This is the first time we’ve gathered the key research leaders in one concise event to discuss analysis, form a complete picture, and offer the most comprehensive forecast possible to help guide the hotel industry.  As the third largest retail industry and one of the largest employers in the United States, the tourism industry plays a vital role in determining the value of today’s dollar,” said AH&LA President and CEO Joseph A. McInerney, CHA.  “So it’s imperative to gather and relay this information to help build a sustainable economy for our nation.”

Unlike AH&LA’s annual Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles — designed to address the unique needs of the hospitality investment community as well as provide networking opportunities — this symposium provides key sector information to help hoteliers plan strategies as well as assist consumers make cost-saving travel decisions for the year.  The presenters are recognized leaders in their disciplines and will provide a wealth of cutting-edge data unavailable anywhere else.

Early registration for the 2004 U.S. Lodging Industry Summit is encouraged due to limited space.  Registration is $25 for AH&LA members and $50 for nonmembers.

AH&LA is a 94-year-old dual membership association of state and city partner lodging associations throughout the United States with some 11,000 property members nationwide, representing more than 1.5 million guest rooms.  Headquartered in Washington, D.C., it provides members with advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other services to ensure a positive business climate for the U.S. lodging industry.  Individual state associations provide representation at the state level and offer many additional cost-saving benefits.

AH&LA is a 94-year-old dual membership association of state and city partner lodging associations throughout the United States with some 11,000 property members nationwide, representing more than 1.5 million guest rooms. 

Contact:
AH&LA
(202) 289-3171
conventions@ahla.com
www.ahla.com


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