Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Donates $5,000 to AH&LEF Annual Giving Campaign

  • AH&LA
  • 11.03.09
Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (Host), contributed $5,000 to the AH&LEF 2009 Annual Giving Campaign, which supports key research and workforce development initiatives for the hospitality industry.

This is Host’s fourth consecutive $5,000 donation.

The Annual Giving Campaign is the Foundation’s key yearly fundraiser that supports its core missions, including providing scholarships to hospitality management students, funding important research in areas such as room tax, energy management and ADA requirements, as well as promoting hospitality as a career of choice and workforce development initiatives. 

“Investing in tomorrow’s hospitality leaders will help ensure the vitality, diversity and potential of our industry,” said Minaz Abji, executive vice president of Host and vice chair of the AH&LEF board of directors.

Based in Maryland, Host is an S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company, the largest lodging real estate investment trust and one of the largest owners of luxury and upper upscale hotels.  The company currently owns 112 properties and also holds a non-controlling interest in a joint venture that owns 11 hotels in Europe.  Host partners with premium brands in the operation of properties in over 50 major markets worldwide. 

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 2009, AH&LEF will disburse $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, more than $14 million has been distributed through its scholarship, education, outreach and research programs. 

All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  For more information about donating, visit 

AH&LEF is the charitable fund-raising and endowed fund-management subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is the premier organization for scholarships, professional certification, and instructional material as well as funding for hospitality industry research.

Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, AH&LA is a 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.

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