American Hotel & Lodging Association President/CEO Katherine Lugar issued statement in response to the federal government shutdown

Washington, DC, USA, 2013-10-03 — / — American Hotel & Lodging Association President/CEO Katherine Lugar today issued the following statement in response to the federal government shutdown:

On behalf of hoteliers throughout the country, we implore the President and Congress to work together and reach an agreement to reopen the government without delay. The shutdown will disrupt recent economic progress and job creation, of which the lodging industry has played a significant role.

Hoteliers are creating jobs at a pace well beyond that of the general private sector workforce, and continue to contribute to the overall health of the economy. However, for each day the government is shutdown, more than $8 million in economic activity at our nation’s hotels will be lost, putting jobs at risk and causing repercussions across many other related sectors.

We urge the President and Congress to come to an agreement immediately to provide the fiscal certainty necessary for continued economic growth within the lodging sector and our economy at large.

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Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom-line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.