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Partner Lodging Associations Honored by AH&LA
for Outstanding Leadership and Growth



Atlanta, June 15, 2011 —The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) honored six partner state lodging associations with the annual Chair Cup awards at the board of directors meeting today.  The awards recognize AH&LA partner state associations that have had the most significant increase in membership development and retention programs during the previous year.

Based on dues categories, the following states received awards for the greatest increase in percentage of properties, rooms, and market penetration:
  • The Utah Hotel & Lodging Association received the award for the greatest percentage increase of properties in the $0 - $49,999 dues category;
  • The Michigan Lodging & Tourism Association received the award for the greatest percentage increase in both properties and rooms in the $50,000 - $99,999 dues category;
  • The Tennessee Hospitality Association received the award for the greatest percentage increase in both properties and rooms in the $100,000+ dues category;
  •  The Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association received the award for the greatest percentage increase of rooms in the $0 - $49,999 dues category;
  • The Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association earned the honor for greatest increase in new rooms in the over $0 - $49,999 dues category;
  • The Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association was awarded the greatest increase in new rooms in the $50,000 - $99,999 dues category;
  • The Texas Hotel & Lodging Association received the award for the greatest increase in new rooms in the $100,000+ dues category, as well as the award for overall performance for greatest number of new members
“In light of last year’s challenging economic climate, it is admirable these states were able to so successfully communicate the bottomline benefits of being part of the state and national lodging associations,” said AH&LA COO and Executive Vice President Pam Inman, IOM, CAE.  “Their dedicated, on-the-ground efforts are instrumental in our joint goal to represent every hotel in the country and leverage that collective strength on behalf of the industry.”

For more information about these partner state associations and AH&LA, please visit www.ahla.com.

Serving the hospitality industry for 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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Contact:

Kathryn Potter
kpotter@ahla.com


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