AHLA Foundation

AHLA Foundation The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLAF) is the not-for-profit, charitable-giving, and fund raising affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).
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The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) supports hospitality management students through 9 scholarship programs. If you're a hospitality management major – then you’re probably eligible to apply for one of our scholarships. More than $853,500 is available to award a few hundred students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $6,000. How are AHLEF scholarships evaluated? Applications are judged on a combination of hospitality work experience, academics, financial need, extracurricular/professional activities, as well as personal attributes. Why get a loan when you can get a scholarship? Not only do we help pay for your school – we help build your career. Our scholars alumni association helps you network, advance, and gain visibility in the industry. Additionally, awardees receive a free membership to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, planting you at the center of the industry with access to all the news, information, and events It keeps you in the know and in touch with the individuals who make the hiring decisions.

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ICYMI: Epiq Collective closes $8.3 million hotel deal. “Statistically, only 2 percent of hotel owners are African Americ...
01/26/2021
Epiq Collective Closes $8.3 Million Hotel Deal — LODGING

ICYMI: Epiq Collective closes $8.3 million hotel deal. “Statistically, only 2 percent of hotel owners are African American and we want to change that,” Jessica Myers said. “There’s a big void there and we want to help fill it.” https://bit.ly/3sZkZ8P

Davonne Reaves and Jessica Myers of Epiq Collective are among the youngest African American women to ever co-own a property in a major hotel chain.

Our academic scholarship application is open through February 15th! Apply today for a chance to receive up to $7,500 in ...
01/25/2021

Our academic scholarship application is open through February 15th! Apply today for a chance to receive up to $7,500 in scholarships for your future. https://bit.ly/3pVphf0

New American Hotel & Lodging Association -  AHLA report examines the hotel industry’s recovery, the specific impact on a...
01/21/2021

New American Hotel & Lodging Association - AHLA report examines the hotel industry’s recovery, the specific impact on and eventual return of business travel, and consumer travel sentiments. View the report: https://bit.ly/3p4Zl0J

Have you been trained on how to identify and report signs of human trafficking? This month in honor of National Human Tr...
01/20/2021

Have you been trained on how to identify and report signs of human trafficking? This month in honor of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the AHLA Foundation is challenging all hotel employees to be trained and certified to prevent human trafficking.

ECPAT-USA offers a free 30-minute online human trafficking training program, available in 17 languages. Get trained today: https://bit.ly/3o6jeD8. #NoRoom #humantraffickingawarenessmonth

AHLAF teamed up with ECPAT-USA to develop five ways that hotels can enhance efforts to combat human trafficking in light...
01/14/2021

AHLAF teamed up with ECPAT-USA to develop five ways that hotels can enhance efforts to combat human trafficking in light of increasing vulnerabilities from COVID-19. Download it today: https://bit.ly/2XEZmfB. #NoRoom

Are you a hospitality student or do you know someone who is? Apply today for a piece of the $1 million we are committing...
01/13/2021

Are you a hospitality student or do you know someone who is? Apply today for a piece of the $1 million we are committing to support hardworking hospitality students across the US! https://bit.ly/3pVphf0

Anyone can be a victim of #humantrafficking. Bring awareness to this crime by participating in #WearBlueDay today. Learn...
01/11/2021

Anyone can be a victim of #humantrafficking. Bring awareness to this crime by participating in #WearBlueDay today. Learn more about @DHSBlueCampaign and #WearBlueDay here: dhs.gov/blue-campaign/wearblueday

In honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, we were pleased to bring together – in person and virtually – hote...
01/11/2021

In honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, we were pleased to bring together – in person and virtually – hotel industry leaders and employees, lawmakers, local and national partners, and leading experts to raise awareness of human trafficking in advance of Super Bowl LV in Tampa.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association launched the No Room for Trafficking program last year with one main goal: to train every single hotel employee to spot and stop instances of human trafficking. While the last year has been incredibly challenging for all Americans and our industry, our commitment to eradicate human trafficking is stronger than ever. With resolve and commitment, we can win the war on human trafficking. 

Thank you to everyone who is committed to join us in this campaign. #NoRoom #WearBlueDay

A big thank you to all our partners who helped us safely hold this event, in person and virtual, to raise awareness of h...
01/11/2021

A big thank you to all our partners who helped us safely hold this event, in person and virtual, to raise awareness of human trafficking. With resolve and commitment, we can win the war on human trafficking.

It's a Penalty, A21, American Hotel & Lodging Association - AHLA, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Hilton Tampa Downtown Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
#NoRoom #WearBlueDay

Shelly Weir, AHLAF, leads a discussion with A21's Mollie Thorsen, Retired Corporal Alan Wilkett, and Tampa International...
01/11/2021

Shelly Weir, AHLAF, leads a discussion with A21's Mollie Thorsen, Retired Corporal Alan Wilkett, and Tampa International Airport's Danny Cooper on ways to combat human trafficking ahead of Super Bowl LV. #NoRoom #WearBlueDay

John Parkinson, Hilton Area Vice President, and Shelly Weir, AHLAF share with Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody abou...
01/11/2021

John Parkinson, Hilton Area Vice President, and Shelly Weir, AHLAF share with Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody about the hotel industry's commitment to fighting human trafficking.

John: "The work we are doing today is part of a larger commitment we have at Hilton." #NoRoom #WearBlueDay

In honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, we are honored to join A21, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Associati...
01/11/2021

In honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, we are honored to join A21, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Hilton Tampa Downtown, & It's a Penalty to raise awareness of human trafficking in Tampa in advance of the Super Bowl. #WearBlue #NoRoom

01/08/2021
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Register today for Hcareers' webinar: Hotel employee Re-hiring, Recruitment and Retention in 2021 on Wednesday, January 13 at 2pm EST. https://bit.ly/3pLNEf8

Build the best strategy for re-hiring, retaining, and optimizing recruitment in 2021 by learning what to expect from hotel workforce and candidates (and what they expect in 2021). Through Hcareers’ latest survey results, 87% of respondents indicate they plan on staying in the hospitality industry ...

Our academic scholarship application is open through February 15th! Apply today for a chance to receive up to $7,500 in ...
01/07/2021

Our academic scholarship application is open through February 15th! Apply today for a chance to receive up to $7,500 in scholarships for your future. https://bit.ly/3pVphf0

What hotels are you looking forward to visiting? These are 12 of the most exciting hotels opening in the U.S. this year.
01/06/2021
The Most Exciting U.S. Hotels Opening In 2021

What hotels are you looking forward to visiting? These are 12 of the most exciting hotels opening in the U.S. this year.

From California to Montana and Nashville to New York, here are 12 exciting hotels that will open across the U.S. in 2021.

Did you know that half of the hotel industry's general managers started their careers in entry-level positions? Yaniery ...
01/05/2021
Yaniery Arroyo Familia: Putting Guests First During an Unprecedented Year

Did you know that half of the hotel industry's general managers started their careers in entry-level positions? Yaniery Arroyo Familia, a GM with Extended Stay Americay, began her career as a housekeeper. Learn more about her incredible journey. https://bit.ly/3hMj9mw #DreamsHappenHere

Yaniery Arroyo Familia, general manager at the Extended Stay America Boca Raton in Boca Raton, Fla., began her hospitality career as a housekeeper.

This January in honor of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the AHLA Foundation has released a series of resou...
01/04/2021

This January in honor of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the AHLA Foundation has released a series of resources to help raise awareness in the hotel industry. Learn more at: https://www.ahlafoundation.org/human-trafficking

Join us on January 11, 2021 at 10 AM EST to attend a short training to raise awareness and educate the public about the ...
12/30/2020
Hotel Industry Tackles Human Trafficking Ahead of Super Bowl LV Event

Join us on January 11, 2021 at 10 AM EST to attend a short training to raise awareness and educate the public about the signs and ways to report instances of trafficking. Register today: https://bit.ly/37F0DsI

Join us on January 11, 2021 to bring together hotel industry officials, lawmakers, local and national partners, and leading experts to raise awareness around the country in advance of Super Bowl LV. The hotel industry is teaming up with It’s a Penalty, A21, Hillsborough County Commission on Human ...

12/28/2020
A Difficult Year Still Delivered Hope | AHLAF

Did you know that the AHLA Foundation created a new 2 year scholarship program this year? Don't miss the Foundation's 2020 highlights from the year: https://bit.ly/2J9r3JP

In the industry’s most challenging year on record, the AHLA Foundation sought to support our employees and industry as hotels were forced to shut down and/or undertake material changes to their businesses. As the year draws to a close, we wanted to share with you how we sought to provide a lifelin...

This week’s featured Hotel Hero: Alejandra Cuevas, Housekeeping Supervisor, Hyatt Regency HoustonDuring COIVD-19, Alejan...
12/23/2020

This week’s featured Hotel Hero: Alejandra Cuevas, Housekeeping Supervisor, Hyatt Regency Houston

During COIVD-19, Alejandra’s property was short staffed during Hurricane Laura. She independently returned 230 rooms back to inventory to provide accommodations for first responders. Alejandra checks on staff who have been furloughed and keeps the HR department updated on how her teammates are doing. Her attention to detail, caring demeanor, and dedication to her colleagues and community is evident in everything she does for those around her and makes her this week’s Hotel Hero.

Everyone has a hero. Who’s yours? Nominate your star today for the 2021 AHLA Stars of the Industry Awards. Deadline is December 31st! Submit your nomination at: ahla.com/nominate

Our friends at Project Save Hospitality are helping displaced hospitality professionals affected by the pandemic. They a...
12/21/2020
Project Save Hospitality on LinkedIn: PROJECT SAVE HOSPITALITY LAUNCHES TO HELP UNEMPLOYED!

Our friends at Project Save Hospitality are helping displaced hospitality professionals affected by the pandemic. They are also currently seeking HR professionals who would like to volunteer some of their time. If interested in additional details on, please email [email protected]. https://bit.ly/2KL4A6t

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR VITUAL CAREER FAIR JANUARY 28TH. IF YOUR COMPANY WOULD LIKE TO FIND GREAT TALENT EMAIL [email protected]! PLEASE...

In the industry’s most challenging year on record, we sought to support our employees and industry. As the year draws to...
12/18/2020

In the industry’s most challenging year on record, we sought to support our employees and industry. As the year draws to a close, we wanted to share with you how we sought to provide a lifeline to our employees, our partners, and the communities we serve. https://bit.ly/2WtSvoU

Thank you Host Hotels & Resorts for completing your generous Opening Doors to Opportunity Campaign pledge. Your support ...
12/18/2020

Thank you Host Hotels & Resorts for completing your generous Opening Doors to Opportunity Campaign pledge. Your support over the last 5 years has allowed us to recruit and elevate the hotel industry’s next generation of leaders. #ThankYou #DreamsHappenHere

LODGING Magazine's 2020 People of the Year is dedicated to the hotel industry's frontline workers. We are proud to see R...
12/17/2020
Lodging Magazine November/December 2020

LODGING Magazine's 2020 People of the Year is dedicated to the hotel industry's frontline workers. We are proud to see Robert Soto, an AHLA Foundation scholarship recipient, spotlighted. We thank all of our incredible frontline workers for their dedication and service during this difficult year. https://bit.ly/3h50Ngo #thankyou #DreamsHappenHere

Visit Article: https://bluetoad.com/article/LODGING%E2%80%99s+2020+People+of+the+Year%3A+Frontline+Hotel+Workers/3833883/686343/article.html.

In honor of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, join us on January 11, 2021 as we team up with A21, American Ho...
12/16/2020

In honor of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, join us on January 11, 2021 as we team up with A21, American Hotel & Lodging Association - AHLA, It's a Penalty, and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association to raise awareness of human trafficking ahead of the Super Bowl. Register today: https://bit.ly/2Wj5aed

Attention all AHLA Foundation program alumni! Join our new and improved AHLAF alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with f...
12/15/2020

Attention all AHLA Foundation program alumni! Join our new and improved AHLAF alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with fellow hospitality stars! Sign up today at: https://bit.ly/3a99Viy #dreamshappenhere

Attention all AHLA Foundation program alumni! Join our new and improved AHLAF alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with f...
12/15/2020

Attention all AHLA Foundation program alumni! Join our new and improved AHLAF alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with fellow hospitality stars! Sign up today at: https://bit.ly/3adwG4N #dreamshappenhere

Attention all Florida hotel properties:Lodging operators should be aware of human trafficking legislation passed in 2019...
12/14/2020
No Room for Trafficking | AHLA

Attention all Florida hotel properties:

Lodging operators should be aware of human trafficking legislation passed in 2019 that requires mandatory human trafficking awareness training for lodging employees who perform housekeeping duties or work at the front desk or reception areas. Employees must complete training by January 1, 2021, or within 60 days of hire, whichever is later.

ECPAT-USA’s online training is available for free and is approved by the Florida DBPR. To register for this training, please visit https://lnkd.in/e_BDkzj

A new 30-minute online training program, developed by ECPAT-USA in collaboration with the hotel industry, is now available for free. This offering discusses intersections between human trafficking and the hotel industry and offers free tools and resources to go along with the training to help compan...

LODGING Magazine spoke with Greg Cocchiarella, Ecolab's vice president of industry relations, about the company's signif...
12/11/2020
Ecolab Hospitality Scholarship Program Tops $500,000 — LODGING

LODGING Magazine spoke with Greg Cocchiarella, Ecolab's vice president of industry relations, about the company's significant milestone of giving $500k in scholarships through the AHLA Foundation. Thank you Ecolab for your generous support through the years! #Thankyou #DreamsHappenHere American Hotel & Lodging Association - AHLA

Nearly 25 years after establishing the Ecolab Hospitality Scholarship, the company marked a significant milestone in 2020 as it reached $500,000.

Have you been displaced due to COVID-19? Make sure to tune in next Monday at 12 pm EST to the No Vacancy Live Job Fair t...
12/10/2020
No Vacancy News

Have you been displaced due to COVID-19? Make sure to tune in next Monday at 12 pm EST to the No Vacancy Live Job Fair to hear about ways to stay connected to the industry and find your next hope in hospitality. https://www.youtube.com/c/novacancynews

Glenn Haussman hosts the No Vacancy podcast, Here to Stay TV, and is publisher of novacancynews.com. He also co-hosts Checking in with Anthony & Glenn, a pod...

We applaud Choice Hotels International's bold commitment to create Choice Hotels Owners African American Alliance (CHOAA...
12/09/2020
Choice Creates African-American Owners Alliance | Hotel Business

We applaud Choice Hotels International's bold commitment to create Choice Hotels Owners African American Alliance (CHOAAA). As the hotel industry’s only franchisee-focused group dedicated to Black and African-American hoteliers, CHOAAA will provide ongoing representation, support and advocacy for these underrepresented entrepreneurs.

ROCKVILLE, MD—Part of the company's longstanding commitment to diversity, Choice Hotels International, Inc. has created the Choice Hotels Owners African Choice

Can't wait for industry conferences to come back safely? Check out an updated schedule for 2021 hotel industry conferenc...
12/08/2020
Hospitality Industry Conferences Scheduled for 2021 — LODGING

Can't wait for industry conferences to come back safely? Check out an updated schedule for 2021 hotel industry conferences.

In light of COVID-19, several industry conferences have postponed or gone virtual with events, while others are moving forward with their original dates.

12/04/2020
Tevin's Journey to Hospitality

The AHLA Foundation is proud to provide programs and scholarships that help thousands of hotel employees each year pursue a career in the hotel and lodging industry. Learn more about Tevin's journey to the industry. #DreamsHappenHere

Tevin didn’t choose the hardships he has faced, but he chose to rise above them. The AHLA Foundation is proud to have been a part of his success and the succ...

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Have the 2020 scholarships been announced yet?
Thanks for your help so far, regards, Steve
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