Industry Update
Press Release30 April 2021

Hotel Industry Statement On President Biden’s First Joint Address To Congress

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American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)

The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), on President Biden's first joint address to Congress.

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"Last night, President Joe Biden laid out his agenda for helping our national economy recover; getting the pandemic under control; continuing the vaccine rollout and supporting working families in his first address before a joint session of Congress and the American people.

"Several of the proposals outlined by the President include many provisions that affect small businesses and employers. AHLA will be following the tax and workforce proposals in these plans closely to assess their impact on the lodging industry.

"Following the worst year on record for our industry, America's hotel industry supports bipartisan policies that will help our industry survive and thrive and get our employees get back to work. Just yesterday, AHLA and Unite Here, the largest hospitality workers union in North America, joined forces to call on Congress to pass the Save Hotel Jobs Act. The bill, introduced by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), provides a lifeline to hotel workers and hoteliers, providing critical assistance to bring back workers and to bridge the gap until travel returns.

"With the vaccination rollout well underway, consumers are eager to begin traveling once again. We encourage the President to continue working with Congress to find workable and lasting solutions to address America's critical economic concerns, including the urgent action that is required to support the hotel industry with targeted relief to keep hotel workers employed."

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 www.ahla.com.

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