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California Lodging Industry Association and the Asian American Hotel
Owners Association Jointly Producing the California Lodging Expo®
and Conference November 8-9, 2005  in Santa Clara

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 SACRAMENTO, CA – September 22, 2005 — CLIA -- California Lodging Industry Association and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) are joining forces to produce the California Lodging Expo® and Conference to be held November 8-9, 2005, at The Westin Santa Clara in Santa Clara, CA. The joint venture was created to meet the needs specific to lodging property owners and operators running businesses in California. 
 
“California, with more than 5,500 lodging properties and unique laws, regulations, and guest services necessitates a conclave that serves our industry,” says Rick Lawrance, CLIA President and CEO.
 
The one-day Lodging Expo® will highlight nearly 100 vendors and suppliers who specialize in serving the hospitality industry. This is a one-day show exhibiting the latest in products and services on November 9, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
“AAHOA is delighted to be partnering with CLIA to provide our many California members the advantage of this tradeshow and conference,” said Fred Schwartz, President of AAHOA.  
 
The two-day conference will include special networking events, awards ceremony, and educational seminars including: “Asset Protection Planning,” Make High-Speed Internet Work for You,” Successful Screening for Hiring Employees,” “45 Marketing Ideas in 45 Minutes”, “ADA Compliance Issues,”  “Extreme Makeover—Lodging Edition,” “Lodging Law 101,” “Electronic Payment/Processing News,” “Health Care Coverage for Your Employees,” “Hotel Real Estate Outlook in California: Panel Discussion—Doing Deals in an Overheated Market,”—and much more! 
 
Two certificated classes required by law will be offered:
 
Sexual Harassment Training Seminar – Wednesday, November 9,  9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The deadline to comply with the new California law and get this training is fast approaching! CLIA’s labor law consultants, Carlton DiSante & Freudenberger, LLP, will be conducting a 2-hour sexual harassment training to keep employers in compliance with the requirements of AB 1825, which requires that supervisory staff be given two hours of sexual harassment training by January 1, 2006. ($75 Members/$100 nonmembers).
 
ServSafe Class & Exam – Tuesday, November 8,  9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
In cooperation with the California Restaurant Association (CRA), a ServSafe Class & Exam class will be offered Tuesday, November 8. ServSafe meets the established statewide training standard for food handlers. California law requires re-testing and re-certification of competence in Food Safety and Sanitation every three years. This six-hour review session is followed by an accredited examination and provides foodservice operators and food handlers with a certificate that is valid for three years in California.  To register, visit www.calodgingexpo.com, ($100 members/$170 nonmembers). 

Receive the entire seminar schedule with additional topic/activity information by contacting CLIA for a California Lodging Expo® and Conference brochure at (916) 447-6565 or info@clia.org or visit www.calodgingexpo.com.
 
About the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA)
Headquartered in Sacramento, CLIA is California's nearly 1,000 member lodging and hospitality industry association, providing legislative, educational, marketing, and profit-oriented programs for independent lodging owners and operators. CLIA is the largest independent state lodging association in the United States.  For more information, please call (916) 447-6565 or visit www.clia.org
 
About the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)
The Asian American Hotel Owners Association was founded in 1989. AAHOA has a membership base of more than 8,000 members who together own more than 20,000 of the hotel properties in the United States. The association provides year-round programs focusing on education, advocacy, and assistance. For more information, please call (404) 816-5759 or visit www.aahoa.com.

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Contact:

Karen Dera
Director, Communications & Business Development 
CALIFORNIA LODGING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Post Office Box 15918
Sacramento, CA. 95852
916.447.6565
kdera@clia.org 

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Also See: 2005 Board of Directors in Place for California Lodging Industry Association; Chair is Terry Westrope, VP of Administration and Finance, Sterling Hotels / November 2004
Carl Doughty, President of Pacific Hotels, Oakland, California Elected 2001 President of California Lodging Industry Association / Jan 2001


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