Research Archives

Several publications are now out of print and archived at AHLA's Information Center.  Specific questions regarding any archived projects can be directed to the Information Center at (888) 743-2515 or informationcenter@ahla.com. Note that the AHLA Information Center is a free service to AHLA members; nonmembers may be charged a research fee.

1996 Environmental Management for the Lodging Industry
The 30-minute, award-winning video, produced by Ecological Solutions, featured four case studies of hotel properties that have successfully implemented environmental programs.

2008 Room Taxes and Economic Impact of the Lodging Industry
This report researched the full impact of tax changes on sales, jobs, and government revenue.  The report features state-by-state tables describing the economic benefits of tourism expenditures and one summary table of the various combinations of bed taxes found in each state, which shows the state and local occupancy tax rates and the state and local sales and tax rate where it applies to lodging. 

ADA Studies

AHLEF has funded several grants related to the lodging industry's response to the U.S. Department of Justice's proposed changes to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Nearly every single property in the U.S., both existing and in the planning stages, can expect to be affected by these changes.  The overall objective is to minimize the negative impact of any changes. Visit the Government Affairs , for more information on ADA issues. 

 

APEX
APEX was an initiative funded from 2002-2004 to bring together all stakeholders in the development and implementation of industry-wide accepted standards that create and enhance efficiencies throughout the meeting industry.  Spearheaded by the Convention Industry Council, AHLEF is one of several supporters of the initiative. 

 

CapEx 2007: A Study of Capital Expenditures in the Hotel Industry
Sponsored by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), CapEx 2007 presented capital expenditures by various hotel segments, including luxury, full service, and extended stay.  The report included information on how capital is spent to maintain competitive positioning, achieve brand standards, and continue the lifecycle of hotels.

 

Current and Future Technology Use in the Hospitality Industry
In 2008, AHLA Technology Committee surveyed AHLA member hotels to determine the technology systems and issues that were important to them. 

 

Development of a Marketing Framework to Increase Sales on the Internet for Lodging Properties
Funded in 2000, the results offer insights for lodging marketers on consumer behavior.

 

Diversity by Managerial Title
In 1998, the Foundation approved a grant to conduct a follow-up survey of its 1997 turnover and diversity publication to determine an understanding of the job titles and positions held by employees.

Energy Management and Conservation Guide
Funded by AHLEF in 2001, the guide served as a tool for properties to review and evaluate usage and incorporate strategies for energy reduction.  

 

A Guide to Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Lodging Industry
Funded in 1996, this guide provided an easily understood “translation” of legislative mandates into lodging industry jargon, including a list of requirements by department and what the employer is required to do when developing a program for compliance. 

 

High Performance Hospitality
High performance hotels are designed, constructed, and operated sustainably, using energy, water, materials, and land efficiently. But are sustainable hotels financially feasible? Yes, and they are the future of the hospitality industry. This solid analysis of sustainable hospitality development presents eight detailed case studies of successful, sustainable hotel projects representing a cross-section of hotel types: mid-size, conference center, and luxury (small and large) branded and independent properties. 

 

Hotel Technology 101 Primers
In 2002, the AHLA Technology Committee began requesting funds to create collection of primers that would provide hoteliers with basic, introductory information on a variety of technology-related topics in a straightforward and easy-to-understand manner. 


Creating an Accessible Web Presence for the Lodging Industry
Teaches hoteliers how to ensure their online strategy meets the needs of disabled travelers, while increasing business, boosting customer loyalty, and complying with the law.


Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance Manual for Hotels
A “how to” guide on complying with PCI Data Security Standards, which are a set of standards developed by the credit card industry for technology and business processes essential for securing credit card data from misuse and abuse.


Technology Security Primer: The Fundamentals of Systems & Security Maintenance
Reviews the main threats to your information and offers practical guidelines to making your systems as secure as is reasonable without interfering with daily routine.


Food & Beverage Systems
Provides an overview of various aspects of technology used in F&B operations, both in the front of the house and in back.


Principles of Privacy
Provides a descriptive overview of the nature of practicing privacy in today's hospitality industry, including actionable recommendations and checklists.  


Computer System Failure Contingency Planning Deals with the why's and how's of maintaining service levels in your hotel during a failure of key hotel systems.  


Telecommunications in the Hospitality Industry;
Provides information to help managers manage their telecommunications department effectively.


Revenue Management
Recognizes revenue-yield management practices and provides some basic concepts, definitions, and terms that can be used as a baseline for the implementation and communication of revenue management in a hotel that does not have an automated system.


Strategies and Tactics in System Selection
Describes an overview of the range of strategies and tactics that one can employ when selecting computer and communication systems for a hotel or hotel company.


An Introduction to Hotel Systems – Fundamentals & Glossary
Describes operational areas of a typical property, systems currently available to manage each one, and the way they interact.


E-Commerce: Frequently Asked Questions
Provides an overview of e-commerce, e-procurement, e-distribution, and Websites, as well as answers to basic e-commerce questions.


Hotel Technology Infrastructure
Provides an overview of cabling infrastructure requirements for a broad range of property-level hotel technology applications .


Technology Security Primer: The Fundamentals of Systems & Security Maintenance
Reviews the main threats to your information and offers practical guidelines to making your systems as secure as is reasonable without interfering with daily routine.



HITIS
In 1996, AHLA spearheaded an initiative designed to accelerate the lodging industry's technology usage and lower automation costs through the specification of voluntary computer interfacing standards.  The project developed three suites of standards. The project was funded by the Foundation and other donors.

Hospitality Compensation and Benefits Survey
The Foundation funded a compensation survey in 2000 and 2002.

ISHAE Toolkit

The toolkit is a comprehensive collection of the best practices, reports, and sample documents from state hotel associations regarding how to run a successful association.  Areas of focus include governance, membership, advocacy, public relations, educational and training programs, operational issues, and non-dues revenue programs. It's available to members of the International Society of Hotel Association Executives (ISHAE)

Loss Prevention Bulletin
The disciplines of loss control, risk management, safety, security, fire protection, and the various mandates at the federal level that impact the lodging industry were the focus of this service.  The Foundation funded this project from 1998 - 2009.

A Model to Develop an Emergency Management Visitor Assurance Program
This publication outlines a model program for ensuring the safety and shelter of hotel guests during hurricane disasters.

Project Attrition
Borne in response to the industry's growing concerns over attrition, this short-term industry collaboration was designed to help educate members of the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry on the issue, while pursuing solutions to minimize the impact of the problem.  AHLEF was one of several industry available. 

Quantifying the Condominium Segment of the Hospitality Industry
In 2000, the AHLA Condominium Committee requested funding to document and quantify the condominium segment of the lodging industry.  The study created a pilot database of all units in California.  Subsequent studies were conducted in 2002 for Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alabama, and Mississippi.  

The Quiet Good
At the request of the International Society of Hotel Association Executives (ISHAE), the Foundation provided funding to collect information on the value of goods, services, and money donated by hotels. The total value of contributions nationwide at the property level totaled $815 million in 2005, which represented 3.6% of total industry profits of $22.6 billion.  With contributions at the corporate level estimated at $8.6 million and $53.2 million from lodging-related foundations, the grand total for 2005 is $877 million.  

Service Learning in Lodging, Food Service, and Tourism
Released in 2004, the publication is part of a series created by the American Association of Higher Education that explores the relationship between individual academic disciplines and experimental learning.  A teaching method called "service learning," which is a form of experimental learning that connects the activity at hand to civic engagement, is discussed, as well as numerous examples of how the hospitality industry is involved with service to the local community.

Strategy of Executives in the Lodging Industry: Its Sources and Consequences
Funded in 1997, the study provides the industry with an understanding of the primary factors impacting perceptions of strategic issues in order to obtain a greater awareness of both the functionality and dysfunctionality of decision-making processes.

Turnover and Diversity Study
Funded at the request of AHLA’s Multicultural & Diversity Advisory Council, the study provides a snapshot of diversity among lodging line-level, supervisory, and managerial employees and expands upon past research to better quantify the bottom line impact of diversity on the lodging industry.  

Visiting Friends and Relatives - Travelers Conversion Project
Requested by the AHLA Millennium Occupancy Revenue Effort Task Force, this study was commissioned in 2001 to determine how the industry can better target travelers who stay with family rather than at lodging properties. The conclusions showed that a significant segment of visitors could be converted to staying in hotels, representing up to 60 million room nights. 

Welcoming Service Animals

Recognizing the growing need for the lodging industry to be better equipped in accommodating service animals at their properties, the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) submitted a grant proposal to fund the development of an educational video in 1999.  For additional information visit CH&LA at http://www.calodging.com/resources/member-services/service-animal-guidelines/.

 
 
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Lowes Hotels and Resorts
Marriott International
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USA Today
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Host Hotels
National Restaurant Association
Robert Alter Family
Ashford
Best Western
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
LaSalle Hotel Properties
LaQuinta Inns & Suites
Lowes Hotels and Resorts
Marriott International
https://www.venetian.com/
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