#GivingTuesday Provides Hotel Industry with Another Opportunity to Support Future of Industry

Washington, D.C. – November 16, 2017 – The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) is joining the #GivingTuesday movement this year by encouraging the industry to make donations towards scholarships and training programs for next-generation workers.  

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the charitable season. 

AHLEF relies on its volunteer donations to empower the next generation of hospitality leaders and to invest in important research for the industry. Donations are making it possible for the foundation to distribute $1.6 million for scholarships, educational programming, career development, and research grants. 

This year, a record $851,500 is being awarded in academic scholarships to nearly 400 hospitality management students.

Financial support has enabled important industry research in areas such room tax, economic impact, and short-term online rentals. New career development initiatives are also being launched to train 2,250 apprentices over the next five years in the hospitality industry and grants to community-based organizations to recruit and develop “Opportunity Youth” in high-demand markets.  

AHLEF is taking donations at this #GivingTuesday.

AHLEF is the industry’s philanthropic organization, dedicated to helping people build careers that improve their lives and strengthen the lodging industry. Founded in 1953, AHLEF is a subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and provides resources for hospitality-related education and research.

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry that advances long-term career opportunities for employees, invests in local communities across the country and hosts more than one billion guests’ stays in American hotels every year. AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and generates nearly $170 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments. Learn more at