Survey results from The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) showed the valuable partnerships hotels and the travel sector have in cities across the country. According to the survey, the hotel industry is critical to local economics, career opportunities, community development, tax revenue, and growth.
Data was collected by more than 100 mayors, representing cities of 30,000 or more. The AH&LA Education Foundation funded the survey. Check out the key survey findings below, or click here to read the Executive Summary.
- Tourism and the hospitality industry was cited as the second largest sector of the economy 20%; the healthcare industry was cited as the largest sector at 28%.
- Nine out of ten mayors said their community would benefit from more hotels.
- 70% of mayors believe hotels and lodging provide the best opportunity, benefits, and wages within the tourism industry.
- 68 % of mayors report hotels and lodging are the largest contributors to their city’s destination marketing fund.