For the second consecutive year THLA’s Membership Team has won the 2020 International Society of Hotel Associations (ISHA) Award for Excellence for Membership.  This marks the seventh time in the past seventeen years that THLA has won this prestigious award for outstanding member services.

ISHA presents its annual Awards of Excellence for the best lodging association programs and services in the nation.  The awards are widely recognized as the “best of the best” within the hotel and lodging association industry representing innovation and creativity that has brought tangible results to the association and its members.

THLA’s Membership Team, led by Carolyn McCall-Squires, has coordinated amazing outreach to our members across Texas in efforts that resulted in dozens of THLA virtual town hall meetings tailored for every region of our state.  To date, we have engaged thousands of participants through our webinars and events this year.  ISHA recognized these efforts as the basis for THLA’s award this year.

Throughout 2020, our membership department and all the THLA staff have been tireless in communicating and caring for our members.  Whether updating you all on important COVID-19 developments, governmental orders, or legal issues pertaining to hotel operations, our entire team has risen to the occasion in these most unprecedented times.

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BOSTON, MA – The International Society of Hotel Associations (ISHA) Awards of Excellence were given out last week during a virtual awards ceremony, which included a special musical performance by BMI artist Bonnie Bishop.

The ISHA Awards of Excellence recognizes those lodging associations who have had exceptional programs in the areas of Communications, Events and Fundraising, Government Affairs, Member Programs and Public Relations over the past year.  This year, ISHA introduced the Circle of Excellence Award, for program excellence in all categories.

The Circle of Excellence Award winner was the California Hotel & Lodging Association for their extensive and integrated programs addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, including: Project RoomKey, COVID-19 Resource Page, COVID-19 Hotel Plan and Clean & Safe program, among others.

The additional Awards of Excellence winners include:

Communications
Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association for their COVID-19 Crisis Communications

Events & Fundraising
Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association for Hospitality with Heart- A Downtown Portland Cleanup Effort

Government Affairs
Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association for their Safe Meetings Media Event to Restore Illinois!

Member Programs
Texas Hotel & Lodging Association for their Membership Town Halls

Public Relations
Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association for their Illinois Emergency Grant Program

“ISHA is pleased to recognize these six award winners,” stated Christina Pappas, Executive Director of ISHA. “While the majority of the programs focus on pandemic response to members and the industry, these programs truly help set the standard for others to follow.”

ISHA presents the annual Awards of Excellence for the best lodging association programs and services and are widely recognized as the best of the best within the hotel and lodging association industry representing innovation and creativity that has brought tangible results to the association and its members. Award winners receive complimentary registration to a future ISHA Conference.

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ISHA provides professional development and networking opportunities for lodging associations, and represents the unified voice of state lodging associations in collaboration with our national industry partners. For more information visit www.isha.biz.

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