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Wingate Inns Becomes the First National Hotel Chain to Sign 
All Its Hotels, (9,000 rooms), to the American Hotel & 
Lodging Association's Membership
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Washington, May 21, 2001 - The Parsippany, N.J.-based Wingate Inns International, Inc. became the first national hotel chain to sign every one of its hotels, comprising 9,000 rooms, to the American Hotel & Lodging Association's (AH&LA) "One for One for One for 100 Days" campaign. 
 
The association's membership drive allows properties to join participating AH&LA member state associations for $1 per one room for one year if they enroll within the campaign's 100-day span - from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

"This campaign is a great way to introduce our properties to AH&LA, which is an outstanding organization that serves as a great resource for our hotel owners," explains Keith J. Pierce, president and CEO of Wingate Inns International.  "Enrolling and paying for every open Wingate Inn® hotel to become an AH&LA member was an easy decision."

AH&LA membership allows Wingate properties to receive several new benefits the association, including an employment practices liability insurance program and a national health insurance plan.  These are in addition to valuable existing products and services such as access to millions of travelers through AH&LA's reservations Web site, GotRooms.com; lobbying to protect the lodging industry's business interests at the federal level; networking and educational opportunities at the association's conferences and trade shows; discounts on training materials from AH&LA's Educational Institute; and complimentary, award-winning

Allied Members Can Join the AH&LA at a Special 
Membership Rate

Washington, May 21, 2001 - In a variation of the recently launched "One for One for One for 100 Days" American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) membership campaign, prospective allied members can join the association at a special membership rate.  Hospitality vendors and suppliers who join AH&LA between Memorial Day to Labor Day pay only $100 for one year - a discount of up to 95 percent. (Regular allied membership dues are based on a company's annual gross revenue from the U.S. lodging industry.)

"The AH&LA Allied Executive Committee wants to support our chairman, John Russell, in this aggressive and exciting initiative," said Karin Mastrangelo, AH&LA senior director of member/strategic relations.  "By offering this opportunity to potential allied members we will have the chance to show more industry vendors and suppliers the value of our organization." 

In addition, 200 prospective vendor and supply companies have been targeted to be contacted by the AH&LA membership staff.  This communication will emphasize the many benefits, products, and services offered by the association, such as networking and marketing opportunities at AH&LA trade shows, conferences, and seminars; a listing on www.alliedbuyersguide.com; and resourceful, award-winning publications, including the Construction & Modernization Report, the Directory of Hotel & Motel Companies, and the AH&LA Register.

For more information on becoming an AH&LA allied member, contact Mastrangelo at (202) 289-3154 or kmastrangelo@ahlaonline.org.

publications, including Lodging magazine.

"This is an aggressive campaign that we hope will retain the strong membership base that we are striving to achieve," said 2001 AH&LA Chairman John Russell.  "With this tremendous support of rooms from Wingate, I'm sure we can accomplish this goal."

For more information on AH&LA's membership campaign, contact Bob Ramsey, AH&LA vice president of industry relations and development, at (202) 289-3173 or bramsey@ahlaonline.org.

AH&LA, founded in 1910, is a federation of state lodging associations throughout the United States, with some 11,000 property members worldwide, representing more than 1.4 million rooms.  AH&LA provides operations, technical, educational, marketing, and communications services plus governmental affairs representation to the lodging industry.

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Contact:
Tia T. Gordon
Manager of Media Relations
American Hotel & Lodging Association
(202) 289-3153
(202) 289-3128 fax
http://www.ahlaonline.org

Also See AH&LA and Member State Associations Offering Hotels $1 Per One Room for One Year Membership Fee / May 2001 


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