WASHINGTON, D.C.

Faced with an ever-increasing financial impact on the domestic travel and tourism industry resulting from the ongoing government shutdown and the looming breach of the federal debt ceiling, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and hoteliers across the U.S. sent a letter to President Obama and all 535 members of Congress pressing for a swift, bipartisan resolution.

“For every day that passes that President Obama and Congress are not at the negotiating table seeking an end to this crisis, the American economy - and the lodging industry – continue to suffer,” said Katherine Lugar, AH&LA president/CEO. “Hoteliers are a major economic driver and job creator across the country, and the industry’s ability to continue its growth is hamstrung by inaction from our policymakers. The administration, House of Representatives, and Senate need to act swiftly in the best interests of the entire nation and end this shutdown.”

The letter also notes, “Current fiscal conditions are leading to increased consumer uncertainty, all to the detriment of economic growth. In short, the government shutdown is increasingly impairing the lodging industry’s ability to hire, grow, and contribute to the economy.”

Signatories to the letter include state lodging associations, independent hoteliers, leading brands, and owners from across the country.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., 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.