Georgia's Hotels Play an Important Role in the Economy
Georgia's hotels are an important segment of the state's economy. 9.7 percent of all jobs in the state are directly or indirectly related to the lodging industry, with hotels, motels, resorts, or lodges generating $3.7 billion in direct sales. The lodging and food service industries comprise the largest sector of small businesses in Georgia.
Our industry reaches far beyond just providing our guests with comfortable rooms or convenient meeting spaces — we are interlinked with many other industries, such as transportation, restaurants, agriculture, manufacturing, and recreation, supporting $54.3 billion in total sales throughout the state. Georgia's lodging industry employees 56,703 people, earning $2.5 billion in total employee wages. Georgia is home to 1,845+ lodging properties comprising more than 168,000 hotel rooms.
GHLA is the state's non-partisan trade association representing the lodging industry. Originally founded in the 1907, its mission is to promote, protect and educate the lodging industry around the state and to ensure positive business growth for its members. The Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association is the voice of the lodging industry in Georgia. GHLA is the official state affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Its membership includes the Atlanta Hotel Council, Atlanta Airport Hotel Council, Buckhead Hotel Council, Cobb Hotel Council, Perimeter Hotel Council, and Georgia Women in Lodging.
For more than 100 years, GHLA has been recognized by leaders in business, government and the media as the source of information on the lodging perspective. With more than 48 million visitors annually, "The Peach State" tourism expenditures exceed $25 billion, supporting $6 billion in resident wages and 209,500 Georgia jobs. Georgia's southern charm takes the best of the old historic south and melds it with the technology of the 21st century.
Headquartered in Atlanta, GHLA represents the states hotels, motels, resorts, campgrounds, bed & breakfasts and other companies. The staff is prepared to assist with governmental affairs, communication, education, hospitality services, member relations and technology. As the official state partner of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, GHLA's members have access to the Educational Institute, AHLA Educational Foundation and the many products and publications offered by AHLA.
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Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association
233 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30303
GHLA Mail Center
6600 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Ste 400-211, Duluth, GA
Duluth, GA 30097
Contact the Staff at GHLA by phone
or via e-mail by clicking on any of the names below.
Executive Director: Jim Sprouse, 404-771-2995
Membership Director: Chris Hardman, 404-772-9322
Finance and Records Director: Jan Lemke-Springmier 404-771-2996
Marketing & Communications Director and Allied Membership: Denise Holland, 404-667-4077
Contact the Staff at GHLA by Fax
GHLA General Counsel
Berman Fink Horn P.C.