|by Kirby D. Payne, CHA
Kirby D. Payne, CHA is
President of Minneapolis based American Hospitality Management
Company, a growing hotel investment, management and consulting firm.
Payne is also Secretary Elect of the American Hotel & Motel Association,
and Chair of the AH&MA's International Council of Hotel-Hotel
Management Companies. Additional articles can be found on the
internet at www.American-Hospitality.com.
In a recent conversation with Bill Fisher, President of the American Hotel & Motel Association (AH&MA) about membership and the value of membership, Bill made a comment which I thought was particularly noteworthy. He said, "The industry and its trade associations can only be as strong as those in the industry let it be." The first step in supporting the industry is joining a state association affiliated with the AH&MA. The second step is being active in taking advantage of its benefits, volunteering time on its committees and being an active leader so the association addresses the issues you feel are important.
When you avidly support the AH&MA and its affiliated state associations, great things happen: You grow professionally; you advance the well-being of your industry; and, you generate renewed enthusiasm for your own job or profession.
The best news is this: You can support
the work of your industry's trade associations almost
any time, with modest effort on your part. Here are 30 ways
to do just that. (Not all programs and benefits are available in
Our industry is a great industry with proud traditions. It is a profession that people look up to in every community. We are the hosts, the civic leaders and in many cases the shapers of some local opinion for both the public and our government leaders. We do this individually in our communities and as we develop skills we do it at the state and national level. Our trade associations facilitate that effort.
Our trade associations are not a club, but a commitment to profit. Your properties' memberships in their respective state associations and the AH&MA provides opportunities for generating business for all hotels on the international, national and local levels. Forty-eight million room nights per year are filled via listings in the AH&MA's directory, the OAG Business Travel Planner Hotel & Motel Redbook. AH&MA's state associations help fill millions of rooms through their effective directories which are distributed at convention and visitors bureaus and state welcome centers. And finally, our strong and unified voice helps increase national and state tourism budgets. Because growth is the key to a prosperous hospitality industry, our primary focus is to help you keep costs down and profitability up.
For information about the American Hotel & Motel Association, affiliates
and the various member state associations and their programs call 202-289-3100
or go http://www.AHMA.com.
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American Hospitality Management Company
1500 South Highway 100, #375
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone: 763-591-7640 Fax: 763-591-1593