When the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association was founded 70 years ago, Hawaii was still a territory, sugar dominated the economy, and ships ferried people to and from the islands. So much has happened since then.
Tourism is now our leading industry, Hawaii’s appeal attracts millions of visitors each year from ports far from our shores, and jet aircraft connect us with the rest of our nation and the world. During this sustained half-century of growth and prosperity, the members of the Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association have come to represent an enormous source of jobs and income for our island people, economic activity for related enterprises, revenues to underwrite education and public services, and so many other benefits that have enriched our lives.
HLTA is an important partner in our economy and the community, and it is the goal of the organization and our members to build on this strong relationship by keeping the visitor industry strong and healthy, contributing to the welfare of our community, and preserving all that is special about Hawaii and its people.
We are a Statewide Non-profit to Represent Hawaii’s Lodging and Related Industries…
The Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association is a statewide trade association of lodging properties, lodging management firms, lodging owners, suppliers, and other related firms and individuals.
This non-profit organization was established in 1947, the original membership consisting of 16 hotels, to represent the interest of the state’s lodging industry. Today, the membership holds nearly 700 members, including 170 lodging properties representing over 50,500 rooms.
Members range from the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, with 3,543 rooms, to the four-room Bougainvillea Bed & Breakfast on the Big Island. The membership represents local, national, and international companies, including Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Best Western, Castle Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont, Four Seasons, Halekulani, Hilton Hotels, Holiday Inn, HTH Corporation, Hyatt Regency, Marriott, Outrigger Enterprise Group, Prince Resorts, Ramada Inns, The Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, Starwood, Westin, and Wyndham, to name a few.
Our mission is to “provide education, advocacy, and philanthropy on behalf of the hospitality industry.”
Our goals are to: