8 million U.S. jobs created by hotel industry, hospitality association finds

The hotel industry is currently responsible for 8 million jobs in the U.S., according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association. 

The finding was shared as part of the "Dreams Happen Here" campaign launched by the AHLA today that is intended to spread awareness of the positive economic and employment impacts of the hotel industry, Hotel News Resource reported. As part of the initiative, the AHLA will hold hospitality-related events in Washington, D.C., to promote the benefits of the hotel industry in the capital, the source noted.  

"Hotels play an important role in each Congressional district around the country, from the jobs lodging businesses support, to the billions of dollars our members contribute to taxes and the U.S. GDP annually," said Katherine Lugar, AHLA president and CEO, according to Hotel News Resource. "Our 'Dreams Happen Here' campaign underscores the strength and unity of our industry and more importantly the commitment and investment in the most important part of our industry: our people."

The campaign shares analysis conducted by Oxford Economic that sheds light on the impacts of the hotel industry. In addition to the millions of jobs created by hotels, the analysis also found that more than 1 billion guests stay in hotels in the U.S. each year, and that hotels contribute almost $600 billion to the GDP of the U.S. 

In January, the U.S. added 34,000 jobs in leisure and hospitality, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

The finding was shared as part of the