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Why do we go to industry events and conventions?


As I was looking earlier this year at the hospitality industry programs and conventions I have attended in my career, I was amazed at the number and range of events I have attended. In making a list, I discovered the following:More than 15 AH&LA national conventions, plus regional programsAt least 12 AAHOA annual conventions, and many district and regional meetings10 or more International Hotel & Restaurant Shows in New YorkOne or more of each of following: the Lodging Conference, the Hunter Real Estate Conference, American Bus Association, National Tour Bus Association, various University sponsored programs, assorted state government tourism related activities, diversity conferences and moreMore than 35 annual brand conventions, including Sheraton, CHOICE, Wyndham, Best Western, Hilton, La Quinta, Vantage, Clubhouse Inns, ShoLodge (former Shoneys' Inns), G 6 (Motel 6)Regular annual meetings of the Hospitality Industry Diversity Institute, the AH&LA Multicultural Advisory Council, the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, the Commission for Accreditation on Hospitality Management Programs, the AAHOA and AH&LA Education and Training Committees ,the Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators (CHRIE) and Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers, (CHART)15 or more of my home state(s) annual hospitality industry conventions and at least 25 other Canadian or American State hotel associations where I was able to share some ideas and strategies for success with attendees.