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Hotel and lodging representatives to gather for annual legislative action summit

As the nation contemplates the impact of last week’s election, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is gearing up for its…

As the nation contemplates the impact of last week’s election, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is gearing up for its sixth annual Legislative Action Summit, to be held in Washington, D.C. on March 4 and 5, 2003.



The Legislative Action Summit is an exciting opportunity for members of the lodging industry from across the country to sit down with their Representatives and Senators in Washington to discuss the issues that impact our industry, said AH&LA Executive Vice President for Public Policy Jack Connors. There is no better way for members of the lodging industry to learn about, and have an impact upon, public policy. The two-day Summit – which is open to anyone with an interest in the lodging industry – features discussions on government regulations and legislative proposals, presentations by prominent government officials and Washington policy experts, and receptions and private meetings with Members of Congress. This year’s meetings are especially critical to the lodging industry because of the many challenges facing our nation, including the enduring effects of last year’s economic slowdown and America’s war on terrorism.



Among the Summit’s guest speakers will be one of the nation’s most preeminent journalists, Bob Woodward. Woodward, who is best known for breaking the Watergate story, will give the keynote address, entitled President Bush and the War on Terrorism. Past speakers have included Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), Senate Deputy Whip Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs Nicholas Calio, and FOX News Sunday host and political commentator Tony Snow.



Interest in AH&LA’s annual Legislative Action Summit has been growing, and we expect this year’s Summit to generate an even greater awareness of our industry on Capitol Hill, noted Connors. With so many economic and security issues affecting the hotel and lodging industry, the policy decisions made by our Congressional leaders over the next year will be critical to our future.

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