Industry Update
Press Release13 September 2021

AHLA Applauds Enhancements To Loan Program For Hoteliers

AHLA Collaboration Expands, Improves EIDL Program

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American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)

The White House yesterday announced the expanded COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, giving qualified hoteliers access to up to $2 million per loan.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has been working with Biden Administration and Small Business Administration officials for months to secure EIDL changes that would benefit hoteliers. Changes announced yesterday include:

  • Raising the loan cap to $2 million per loan
  • Raising the aggregate loan cap to $10 million
  • Simplifying the affiliation rules
  • Allowing 24 months of deferred payment
  • Allowing use of funds to pay down prior commercial debt and scheduled payments on federal debt

“This is a huge step forward for hotels in terms of COVID relief and access to capital,” said AHLA president and CEO Chip Rogers. “The improved EIDL program is a fantastic opportunity for hoteliers to help address commercial debt, operating costs and other expenses as travel patterns remain uncertain. The hotel industry thanks the Biden Administration – in particular Administrator Guzman and the SBA – for adjusting the program to help our small business hotel operators who have been significantly impacted by the pandemic.”

Information on the EIDL enhancements is here.

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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