News for the Hospitality Executive
2008 AH&LA Survey of More Than 10,000 U.S. Hotels
Trends in Technology, Health- and Eco-Conscious Travel
|Washington, June 16, 2006 – The American Hotel & Lodging
Association (AH&LA) releases its 2008 Lodging Survey, one of the most
comprehensive industry-wide surveys of its kind, revealing notable trends
in all segments of U.S. hotels. Funded by the American Hotel &
Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) and conducted by Smith Travel
Research, the research analyzes feedback from more than 10,000 U.S. hotel
properties polled in more than 100 areas of hotels, including types of
in-room amenities, security and technology features, food and beverage
options, number of beds, guest services, and property offerings.
Additionally, this year’s survey included green initiative analysis for
the first time.
Among the many major findings, the survey revealed the following:
New technologies are becoming more common:
“We are thrilled that this study has been recognized as one of the most comprehensive analyses of the total domestic lodging industry, and has been since the Educational Foundation began its funding in 1998,” said Joori Jeon, CPA, CAE, AH&LEF president/COO. “To date, AH&LEF's research program has funded more than $2.4 million in like research studies to benefit the industry.”
Comparisons can be made dating back to the first AH&LA Lodging Survey in 1988. As with past surveys, the biennial 2008 study was conducted by Smith Travel Research.
AH&LA members can download a copy of the 2008 Lodging Survey via the Members Only section of the AH&LA Website, www.ahla.com. Individual data points are available for sale for $250 each from the AH&LA Information Center at (888) 743-2515. Press interested in an index of research questions and more detailed statistics can contact Jessica Soklow, AH&LA manager of media relations, at (202) 289-3153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AH&LEF is the charitable fund-raising and endowed fund-management subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is the premier organization for scholarships, professional certification, and instructional material as well as funding for hospitality industry research. For more information, visit www.ahlef.org.
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.