Industry Update
Press Release 7 October 2020

AHLA Statement On Stalled Negotiations On New COVID Relief Legislation

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American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)

WASHINGTON - The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, on the stalled negotiations surrounding additional COVID relief legislation.

"This is unacceptable and unconceivable with millions of Americans out of work and thousands of small businesses barely hanging on. It's time for our leaders in Washington to put politics aside and chart a bipartisan path forward to help businesses and employees in the hardest-hit industries. Millions of jobs and the livelihoods of people who have built their small business for decades are just withering away because our leaders in Washington are prioritizing politics over people. America's hotel industry is on the brink of collapse. We can't afford to let thousands of small businesses die and all of the jobs associated with them be lost for many years."

AHLA recently spearheaded the formation of the "COVID Relief Now", a new coalition of more than 230 public and private sector groups, imploring Congress to not leave town for the 2020 elections without passing additional COVID economic relief. The group released a new ad "No Recess without Relief" this week. Founding members include: Airlines for America, American Hotel and Lodging Association, International Franchise Association, National Association of Counties, National Conference for State Legislatures, National Governors Association, National League of Cities, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation, U.S. Conference of Mayors and the U.S Travel Association.

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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