• THE WORLD OF HOSPITALITY: 10,000,000 restaurants 500,000 Hotels 100,000,000 Employees    ONLY ONE ASSOCIATION COVER THEM
  • INTERNATIONAL HOTEL AND RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION        Geneva, Paris, Barcelona, Washington, Buenos Aires,Beijing,Beirut

IH&RA Today

What is the International Hotel & Restaurant Association?

The IH&RA is the only international trade association exclusively devoted to promoting and defending the interests of the hotel and restaurant industry worldwide. It is a non-profit organization and is officially recognized by the United Nations. IH&RA monitors and lobbies all international agencies on behalf of the hospitality industry.

WHO ARE ITS MEMBERS?

  • International, National and Regional Hotel and/or Restaurant Associations
  • International and National Hotel and/or Restaurant Chains
  • Owners, Developers and Investors
  • Individual Hotels and Restaurants
  • Institutions of the Industry (hotel schools, educational centres, universities)
  • Students / Independent Hoteliers and Restaurateurs

WHAT DOES MEMBERSHIP OF THE IH&RA MEAN?

  • Industry Watchdog. protecting your business interests
  • High profile events. Building your business network
  • Timely Newsletters. Keeping you informed
  • Strong representation. Unite and reinforce the industry worldwide

WHAT DOES IH&RA DO?

  • Monitor issues that are raised by major international organizations involved in tourism.
  • Represent the collective industry interests before policy makers.
  • Lobby for better recognition of the hospitality industry worldwide.
  • Lobby against damaging or costly attempts to regulate the industry.
  • Create Global Councils around industry issues to debate positions & create solutions.
  • Listen to its members to ensure that all issues are addressed.
  • plan a series of informative Council and Board meetings and an annual Congress.
  • provide support where requested to lend weight to local and regional issue.

WITH WHICH ORGANIZATIONS DOES IH&RA WORK?

IH&RA HOT TOPICS AND ISSUES

  • Hotel & Restaurant Industry Issues and Battles that are being addressed!!
  • Issues currently on the IH&RA radar screen:
  • Online Distribution. Distribution channels change constantly and the industry has to take more influence if not the lead in the distribution of their products.
  • Environment & Sustainable Tourism. The promotion and recognition of innovative operating & development practices designed to make the industry more sustainable.
  • private accommodation. The increasing, partially "unfair" competition from private accommodation offers (e.g. Airbnb, flipkey, couchsurfer etc.).
  • International Standards. Opposition to the ISO move to establish international standards for Hotel & Restaurant Services without industry support.
  • Skills and Worker Shortages. The shortage of millions of qualified workers.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility. Are we truly credited with the work we do ? Are there opportunities for improvement?
  • Travel and Visa Restrictions. Help implementing modern forms of visas worldwide.
  • Fees, Taxes and VAT. Lobby to reduce charges for the industry.

GOALS FOR 2017

  • Grow IH&RA's membership base
  • Generate new income sources
  • Improve communication with members
  • Work on key policy issues
  • Intensify international relations

WHY JOIN / HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT IH&RA

  • The hospitality industry is one of the biggest industries worldwide contributing far over 1 trillion US$ to the global GDP.
  • The industry is divided into to many small cells, organizations and groups.
  • The business world is forming global alliances and advocacy groups.
  • The hospitality sector too needs a strong organization representing its interests.
  • The industry has to stand together and be united in order to have a much higher effectiveness.
  • Join as of 2017
  • Attend the next IH&RA Congress in Sept 2017 in china
  • Your membership will give us strength and grow influence
  • Be a leader and founding member of "Change"