Hundreds of Hoteliers to Descend on Capitol for Legislative Action Summit
Attendees to hear from congressional leaders, industry CEOs, and policy experts
2, at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C., brings together hundreds of hotel owners, senior executives of corporate brands, management companies, independent hoteliers, and general managers who will engage in important policy discussions with their industry peers and colleagues.
McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) will address "Congress and You: The 2014 Legislative Agenda," providing their insights on the potential actions of the House of Representatives and Senate for the remainder of the year. That evening, Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) also will attend a special LAS reception where they will receive the association's 2014 "Champions of the Industry" award for their strong support of the lodging industry and of travel and tourism in the U.S.
The remainder of the conference program includes:
- A View from the Top: Lodging CEOs Talk Advocacy – Insights from the industry's top leaders on the policy issues impacting your bottom line, including immigration and travel and tourism. Confirmed participants include Christopher Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton Worldwide; Arne Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International, Inc.; and Ed Walter, president and CEO, Host Hotels & Resorts.
- An Insiders' Look at the 2014 Elections – Get an inside view of this year's elections from Anne Caprara, political director, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Rob Collins, executive director, National Republican Senatorial Committee.
- An Immigration System for a 21st Century Economy – A panel discussion on the future of immigration reform, moderated by Tamar Jacoby, president, Immigration Works. Panelists include Cesar Gonzalez, chief of staff for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and David Shahoulian, minority chief counsel, House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
- Smart Healthcare Reform for a Secure Workforce – A panel discussion on the challenges of implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
LAS attendees also will meet with members of the House of Representatives and Senate, givinghoteliers the opportunity to share the industry's compelling story as a driver of job creation and economic growth.
"Whether it is immigration reform, promotion of travel to the U.S., or healthcare, the voice of lodging isimportant in these ongoing policy debates. The Legislative Action Summit is the premier opportunity for hoteliers to bring their story from cities and towns across the country to Capitol Hill," said Katherine Lugar, AH&LA president/CEO. "The timeliness of this conference will be key in stressing the impact of Washington policies on our members' operations, including the important vote next week on changing the healthcare law's definition of a full-time employee. Our outstanding slate of guest speakers and issue experts, together with opportunities for networking and meetings with policymakers, will give hoteliers the opportunity to provide their perspective on key policy decisions in Washington."
American Express is the founding sponsor of the 2014 LAS, and Cornell University, Hcareers, HDSupply, and Heartland Payment Systems are supporting sponsors for the event.
For more information, visit www.ahla.com/LAS.
Phone: (202) 289-3132
About the American Hotel & Lodging Association
Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the largest national association solely representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry that advances long-term career opportunities for employees, invests in local communities across the country and hosts more than one billion guests" stays in American hotels every year. AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and generates nearly $170 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments. Learn more at www.AHLA.com.