UNDER 30 GATEWAY
Are you 21-29 years old and employed at an IHLA member hotel? Then you need to connect with other young professionals of the Gateway! Membership is
IL-Women in Lodging
Not a member of I-WIL yet? Membership is
to any female employed by an IHLA member hotel.
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For questions about the StayGreen Program, contact: Karrie Teel.
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AHLEI Certified Guest Service Professional Designation (CGSP) Personalized Training
IHLA 2016 OFFICERS
PRESIDENT & CEO
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Brooke, CHA
Brian Cooney, CHA
Darin Dame, CHA
*Bob Habeeb, CHA
Michelle Irvin, CHA, CFBE
Nabil Moubayed, CHA
Atul Patel, CPA, CHA
David Prentiss, CHA
Tommie L. Van
Andy Schwebel, CHA
April was another successful month highlighted by IHLA hosting our 28th Annual Hospitality Gala on April 15th at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago. Thanks to Gary Irps, Yavis Soto, Chef Gaborit, and the entire Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel team for doing a wonderful job in hosting this great event. Over 350 hotel industry guests enjoyed terrific food, beverages, and music. Special thanks to Expedia +VIP Access and Palace Resorts for donating the fantastic raffle prize. Thank you to all of our members who attended and supported the event with guest rooms, online auction donations, and program book ads. We look forward to celebrating the success of the hotel industry in Illinois next year at our 29th
IHLA hosted our General Managers Breakfast Meeting on April 5th at the Omni Chicago Hotel. Thanks to Hans Ritten for hosting the event. Chicago Alderman Rod Sawyer, Chairman of the City Council Black Caucus, spoke to our hotel GM's about the new Chicago Police Superintendent, the Airbnb Amended Ordinance, and other issues of interest from the Chicago City Council. Alderman Sawyer is very supportive of the hospitality industry in Chicago and understands how important our industry is to the City and the State.
On May 17-18th, AH&LA will host its annual Legislative Action Summit (LAS) in Washington, D.C
This year, AH&LA is joining forces with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AHHOA) to demonstrate a strong voice for the lodging industry on Capitol Hill. Please join IHLA's large contingency of members in hearing several keynote speakers and then educating our two Illinois Senators and several members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation on key issues affecting our industry at the federal level. Click
for more information and to register. Thanks to all of our IHLA members who will be joining us and representing Illinois at this national political event during a critical election year.
IHLA will host our 21st Annual Hospitality Awards Luncheon on
during the National Restaurant Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. Jim Abrahamson, Steve Horve, Dean Lane, Dr. Misty Johanson, and Everett Rand will be honored at the Luncheon. All tickets to the Luncheon include a free badge to the NRA Show that is good for all four days of the Show. Click
for more information and to register.
The application deadline for IHLA's Educational Foundation 2016/17 academic scholarships is May 10th. IHLAEF plans to award at least $42,000 in scholarships to deserving hospitality students from Illinois for the upcoming school year. Then on June 24th, we will host our annual Pony Up for the Kids Fundraiser at Arlington Park Racecourse to raise money for our Scholarship Program.
for more information and to register.
Thanks to all of our members for their continued support.
Welcome New Hotel Member
1200 Burr Ridge Parkway
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
General Manager: Patty Connolly
Welcome New Allied Members
Gourmet handmade chocolates, locally made in Chicago. Prepackaged boxed chocolates, custom logos, amenity pieces for hotels. Bulk items available as well. Gourmet popcorn for gift shops and guest amenities.
GuestTek™ is a global leader in broadband technology and interactive solutions for the hospitality industry. Since 1996, they have partnered with hotels to maximize their property's offerings-enhance branding, drive additional revenue, and deliver world class guest experiences.
The Smilebooth is a fresh, new rendition of the classic, old school photo booth that encourages a hot mess of fun and spontaneity. A dummy-proof way to get professional photos from your event - no photographer needed! A mini photography studio that inspires creative, silly and fabulous-looking photo and video. Smilebooth is an exciting addition to any event!
TSA Solutions is the worldwide leader in hotel upselling solutions. TSA helps nearly 1,000 hotel partners in 70 countries achieve measurable and sustainable increases in incremental revenue and RevPAR - capturing more than $200 million USD in annual incremental revenue, with an average ADR increase of 2%. With no upfront investment cost for the majority of its programs, TSA's technology, training, and performance management tools also supports hotels' efforts to increase guest satisfaction and boost personnel retention. TSA is also building intuitive new technology applications to drive business for hoteliers, as it helps them adapt to rapidly changing marketplace conditions. TSA continues to evolve its solutions to support hoteliers in capturing even more incremental revenue, with programs in reservations, sales, and restaurant/bar.
"Megatrends Defining Travel in 2016"
Guest Speaker: Greg Oates, Senior Editor,
Thursday, May 5, 2016
3pm Presentation | 4pm Networking Reception
Benedictine University, Goodwin Hall
Sponsored by the DuPage CVB
in celebration of Travel & Tourism Week
Join the DuPage County CVB on May 5th as Greg Oates from Skift discusses big shifts with Destination Marketing in meetings today. This presentation contains timely and essential information for all destination stakeholders, with a focus on the collaboration and innovation necessary for the advancement of our tourism product.
-Network integration across sectors
-Value proposition among competitive sets
-Brand communication and client engagement
A Night on the French Riviera
On April 15th, over 350 friends and leaders of the hospitality industry filled the Atlantic Ballroom at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago to celebrate at IHLA's 28th Annual Hospitality Gala - A Night on the French Riviera. Our premier social event offered guests an evening of delicious food and cocktails, music and dancing to Fig Media, an endless dessert spread, and more! A highlight of the night was the Grand Travel Raffle by Expedia +VIP Access, an amazing 4-night all-inclusive 4.5 Star Getaway to Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun.
Big thanks to all those who attended and supported the event including:
- Gary Irps, Yavis Soto, Chef Gaborit, & the entire Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago team
- Encore Event Technologies: Tony Oliva & his team
- Expedia +VIP Access & Palace Resorts
- Floral/Room Décor: Amlings Interior Landscape & Bukiety Floral
- Sweet Station Sponsors: Ai-Illinois Institute of Art Culinary, Chicago Classic Candy, Garrett Popcorn Shops, Robert Morris University Professional Arts/Culinary, Sprinkles, Royal Cup Coffee, Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute
- Beverages: MillerCoors, Chicago Beverage Systems, Southern Wine & Spirits, The Wine Group/10 Span Vineyards
- Fabric Décor: Fabric Images
- Guest room, auction package, & Wine Pull Raffle donors
- Gala Committee Members & Co-Chairs: Raymond Vermolen, Deanna Luzzo, Tom Robertson
On April 5th, General Manager, Hans Ritten, hosted IHLA's bi-monthly Chicagoland Council of Hotel General Managers Breakfast Meeting at the Omni Chicago Hotel. Thank you to the Omni team and meeting sponsors, Cintas and EcoDirect Laundry & Cleaners. Attendees enjoyed a delicious breakfast spread while networking and listening to featured speaker: 6th Ward Alderman and City Council Black Caucus Chairman, Roderick T. Sawyer. Alderman Sawyer discussed the new Chicago Police Superintendent, the Airbnb Amended Ordinance, and other issues of interest from the Chicago City Council. Later in the program,
Aileen Robinson, Interim Domestic Violence Operations Coordinator for the Chicago Police Department Domestic Violence Program, presented Robert Hann, Vice President - Marketing for GO Airport Express, with a plaque for going above and beyond and continually donating transportation for families of Victims of Domestic Violence who attend the annual I-WIL/CPD Halloween Party.
Next General Manager's Breakfast Meeting:
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
8:00am Breakfast & Networking | 8:30am Program Begins
Interested in sponsoring a bi-monthly GM Breakfast Meeting?
Contact Susannah Flanner for more information
Recent StayGreen Spotlight Articles
IHLA Partnership with TripAdvisor GreenLeaders
IHLA has partnered with TripAdvisor GreenLeaders, offering an opportunity for IHLA member hotels to earn dual recognition and additional marketing exposure for their green efforts. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 315 million unique monthly visitors.
To become a recognized StayGreen Hotel, IHLA members must meet the minimum GreenLeaders program requirements and score a 30% or above on the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Survey. Properties that score a 40% or above are recognized as StayGreen Elite. Achieving these scores will also qualify a property as a TripAdvisor GreenLeader.
Complete the online survey
Hotels that qualify as StayGreen & TripAdvisor GreenLeaders receive:
- StayGreen and TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Certificates of Recognition and GreenLeaders window stickers to display at hotel
- Listing on IllinoisHotels.org and GreenEventApp.com
- Acknowledgement in IHLA e-newsletter and social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
- Use of StayGreen (or StayGreen Elite) logo and GreenLeaders badge on hotel website and marketing materials
- Downloadable TripAdvisors widget for use on hotel website
- GreenLeaders badge in TripAdvisor search results and on TripAdvisor listing page (When travelers click the GreenLeaders badge, they will see the list of all green practices that the property currently has in place.)
- Appearance in exclusive TripAdvisor search results: When travelers click the "Green" filter button for accommodations in a specific area, only GreenLeaders properties show up.
- Special recognition in TripAdvisor reviews: Travelers can add "Green Features" comments to their review, giving hotels more public recognition for their environmentally-friendly efforts.
- Competitive Advantage: More exposure to and business from meeting planners and leisure travelers who prioritize eco-conscious hotels
- Opportunity to work with a Kendall College student intern who will assist with sustainability projects and other hotel duties as needed
IHLAEF Pony Up for the Kids X
Friday, June 24, 2016 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
3:15pm | Chef's Table: 2:30 - 4:30pm
Arlington International Racecourse | Beverly D. Suite
2200 W. Euclid Avenue | Arlington Heights
Win, Place, & Show Your Support:
Get ready for an exciting day at the races in the classy yet comfortable Beverly D. Suite of Arlington Racecourse. Guests will mingle in the private room and covered walkout terrace with stunning bird's eye views of the track, indulge in the delicious fare and premium cocktails, and enjoy the benefit of a horseracing professional on hand to offer winning selections and betting strategies. Perfect for your executive team or client outing and a great setting to network with Chicagoland's finest in the hospitality industry!
Thank You Event Sponsors
Chicago HEaT or the Chicago Hospitality, Entertainment, & Tourism Security Association, was founded by a core group of industry security personnel with the assistance of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and our federal partners to maximize safety and minimize crime in our community. It is a public/private business sector partnership for the State of Illinois, Northern Indiana, and South-Eastern Wisconsin security investigators, law enforcement personnel, and prosecutors. The Association's mission is to share communications, alerts, training, and bulletins that affect the Hospitality, Entertainment, and Tourism Industry with the assistance of our partners in law enforcement, reducing the impact of incidents on our industry.
Upcoming Educational Webinar
FREE Member Webinar
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
2016 Scholarship Applications
The 2016 Scholarship Applications are available to download on our website
. Please encourage eligible family, friends, and colleagues to apply.
Why Apply for an IHLAEF Scholarship?
- Scholarship awards are excellent for enhancing resumes, and an IHLAEF Scholarship shows you have earned recognition from the industry.
- IHLAEF Scholarship recipients are better positioned to network, gain visibility, and advance in the hospitality industry.
- Our scholarships are renewable, providing an opportunity to receive a minimum of $7,000 over four years.
- Unlike a loan, scholarship money never needs to be paid back.