Members of the hotel associations in Kansas City and St. Louis share everything from best practices with one another to presenting a united front to state, city and other local government entities. While properties as a whole benefit from cooperation, each one may, as well.
Known as the “Voice of Hospitality” since its establishment in 1938, the St. Louis Area Hotel Association (SLAHA) fosters networking between member hotels and the companies that provide products and services to them.
The association also works closely with the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission to welcome visitors and promote tourism and convention business.
SLAHA retains a collaborative membership with the Missouri Hotel and Lodging Association in which SLAHA hotel members benefit from the governmental consulting services of its registered lobbyist. SLAHA monitors legislative activity and regulatory measures at the local and state level.
Through trips to Jefferson City, association representatives ensure that lawmakers are educated on issues relevant to the hospitality industry and briefed on the industry’s vital impact statewide. The Association is also committed to the education of the hospitality industry’s current and future employees by providing mentoring opportunities and scholarships at area universities.
SLAHA – www.stlhotels.com
Vicki Boyer, executive director 314.781.5112
Stacy Howlett, president 314.781.5112
A similar tack is being taken on the other side of the state. Since 1928, the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Kansas City has been developing an effective working relationship between hotels, encouraging members to adhere to the highest ethical standards of the industry, providing legislative and regulatory representation, and creating a favorable climate that promotes travel, tourism, and convention business.
In short, today HLA represents the finest hotels in the greater Kansas City area along with hotel suppliers and convention & visitors bureaus throughout the region. The association also has a nonprofit educational foundation, the Educational Foundation of the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Kansas City. The foundation provides more than $25,000 in scholarships and grants each year to college students studying hospitality.
Dan Gudenkauf, president 816.421.3646