Hotel Industry Unveils $5 Million Diversity Plan

By Paul Riegler on 1 March 2021
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The hotel industry on Monday announced a $5 million program to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within its ranks.

On Monday, the American Hotel & Lodging Association Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, unveiled a five-year program that will be advanced by a task force charged with focusing on advancing these goals in the industry.

“Our vision is to build an industry as diverse as the guests we serve,” said the foundation’s chairman, Greg Juccam.

The foundation, which was founded in 1953, has since distributed over $27 million in support of helping people develop careers in the hotel industry.

“The AHLA Foundation Board of Trustees recognized that we can do more to build on our legacy of opening doors of opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity or gender,” said Roseanne Maletta, CEO of the foundation.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association , whose predecessor organizations go back to 1910, has over 27,000 industry members, include ten of the largest hotel companies in the United States.  The membership roster includes Marriot International, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, and Hyatt Hotels.

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