Host Hotels and Resorts VP Minaz Abji donated $10,000 to the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) 2015 Annual Giving Campaign

Washington, 2015-10-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Minaz Abji, executive vice president of Host Hotels and Resorts, Inc., contributed $10,000 to the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) 2015 Annual Giving Campaign. This is Abji’s fourth donation at the Leadership Gift level. Abji previously made five consecutive donations at the six-diamond level. Abji is chair of AH&LEF’s board of trustees and a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association board of directors.

“We are lucky to have Minaz as a long-time Foundation supporter and volunteer,” said AH&LEF President/AH&LA CFO Joori Jeon. “We need more industry leaders like Minaz who recognize the vital work that the Foundation does for the industry.”

AH&LEF is the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and is funded solely by charitable donations from progressive hospitality leaders and companies within the industry. In 2015, AH&LEF anticipates disbursing more than $1.2 million to prepare promising college students for a career in hospitality, to attract and retain talented industry professionals, and to fund valuable research for the industry. Since the Foundation’s inception, approximately $19 million has been distributed through its scholarship, education, outreach, and research programs.

Support the Foundation by helping to fund the future of the lodging industry. Visit to make a contribution today. All AH&LEF contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. For more information about donating, contact Michelle Poinelli, senior vice president of foundation programs, at (202) 289-3181 or or visit

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AH&LEF is the industry’s philanthropic organization, dedicated to helping people build careers that improve their lives and strengthen the lodging industry. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF 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 (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.9 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry of more than 53,000 properties generating $176 billion in annual sales from 5 million guestrooms.

SOURCE: American Hotel & Lodging Association