Industry Update
Press Release11 August 2020

AHLA Applauds President Donald Trump for Signing Executive Orders Extending Unemployment Benefits

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American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today applauded President Donald Trump for supporting Americans by signing Executive Orders that extend unemployment benefits and support those impacted by COVID 19, while urging Congress to come together swiftly and pass meaningful, bipartisan legislation that helps support the hotel industry and the millions of employees we support.


The following statement is attributable to Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA:

"Millions of America's hotel workers remain out of work as our industry struggles to survive the pandemic. We applaud the actions taken by President Trump in support of Americans who are without work through no fault of their own and to help increase the take-home pay for those who are working. These Executive Orders, while helpful, are only part of a solution. We call on Congress to quickly pass meaningful and bipartisan legislation to help save America's small businesses and the millions of jobs they support.

Four months into the crisis, only 37 percent of hoteliers report that they have been able to bring back at least half their full-time employees. It is critical that Congress provide additional liquidity for severely impacted businesses through a targeted extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and make structural changes to the Main Street Lending Facility established under the CARES Act to ensure hotel companies can access the program.

Hotels are a main driver of economic activity in every Congressional district, and it is imperative we get hotels open and their employees back to work to help boost the American economy and get back on the road to recovery."

About the American Hotel & Lodging Association

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the U.S. lodging industry. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support and workforce development programs to move the industry forward. In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the hospitality was the first industry impacted and it will be among the last to recover. That is why AHLA is committed to promoting safe travel while also creating a standardized safety experience nationwide through the Safe Stay initiative. With an enhanced set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for all hotel guests and employees, hotels across America are ready to welcome back travelers when they are ready to travel. Learn more at

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