News for the Hospitality Executive
Schedule Set for the American Hotel & Lodging Association
Legislative Action Summit,
April 14-15, 2008 in Washington, D.C.;
Your Chance to Speak One-on-one
with Members of Congress and Share your Opinions on
Important Issues, Including the Shortage of Seasonal Work Visas, ADA Regulations
|Washington, D.C., March 26, 2008 – The American Hotel &
Lodging Association (AH&LA) Legislative Action Summit (LAS) will feature
several members of the United States Congress and top lodging industry
CEOs. Now in its 11th year, the conference will take place April
14-15, 2008, at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Attendees will be briefed on current industry issues by some of the most
influential policy makers currently serving in Congress and the Administration,
and will receive a preview of the fall elections for the White House, the
House of Representatives, and the Senate.
The Legislative Action Summit (LAS) is your chance to speak one-on-one with members of Congress and share your opinions on many mportant issues, including:
Later that morning, and for the first time in the history of the conference, LAS will feature a panel of top lodging CEOs providing their perspectives on current legislative trends and the impact the congressional agenda may have on the travel and tourism industry.
Panelists include Robert Alter, executive chairman of Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc., Geoffrey A. Ballotti, president and CEO of Group RCI, Yvonne La Penotiere, chief branding officer of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, and Stevan Porter, president, The Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group. The panel will be moderated by Kathleen Matthews, executive vice president, global communications and public affairs for Marriott International, Inc., and former award-winning anchor, reporter, and producer for WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.
In addition to the briefings by members of Congress and the CEO panel,
conference attendees will participate in a closed-door briefing by senior
Administration officials at the White House complex. Additionally,
AH&LA’s bipartisan political action committee, HotelPAC, will host
a reception and dinner featuring congressional speakers including Representatives
Dan Boren (D-Okla.) and James Clyburn (D-S.C.). As with past conferences,
grassroots lobbying will be the central component of LAS, as hoteliers
present the industry’s position on key issues to the members of their House
and Senate delegations and highlight the significant and positive impact
lodging has on their congressional districts.
For a complete schedule of events and to register for LAS, please visit AH&LA’s website, www.ahla.com/public_las.asp.
Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.
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