Ben Seidel Joins American Hotel & Lodging Association Board of Directors

November 22, 2016

Board comprised of accomplished leaders from every segment of the hotel industry

Ocean City – November 22, 2016 Ben Seidel, President and CEO of Real Hospitality Group has joined the Board of Directors of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Seidel proudly accepted the appointment to AHLA’s Board, which represents leaders from all sectors of the lodging industry, including brands, owners and REITS, management companies, independents, and state associations. Meeting three times a year, Mr. Seidel will be a part of important discussions concerning a broad range of industry- and association-related issues.

“It is an honor to join a prestigious group of industry leaders in the hospitality industry and be personally connected to major impact issues that affect our industry,” comments Ben Seidel.  “I look forward to the involvement and commitment the AHLA has to make changes with a positive impact in the hospitality industry.”

“We continue to reach new heights in our membership, advocacy, and communication efforts and, together, with the leadership of our Board and our Officers, we are making significant progress in advancing our industry priorities,” said Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of AHLA. “As a new addition to AHLA’s Board of Directors, we are confident that the strong leadership of Ben Seidel will further strengthen our industry’s alignment and strategic direction as we build upon the successes to date. With the engagement of strong leaders like Ben, we are well-equipped to seize upon future opportunities while tackling industry challenges head on.”

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About the American Hotel & Lodging Association

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry that advances long-term career opportunities for employees, invests in local communities across the country and hosts more than one billion guests’ stays in American hotels every year. AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and contributes nearly $170 billion to the U.S. economy. Learn more at