The American Hotel & Lodging Association has added the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association as a new member.

PRHTA joins more than 30,000 AHLA members that include 80 percent of all franchised hotels and the 10 largest hotel companies in the U.S. AHLA now counts 50 lodging associations as members, including 45 state associations, and organizations representing Washington, D.C.; New York City; St. Louis; Memphis; and Puerto Rico.


AHLA is taking steps to grow its presence at the state and local level. In addition to launching the American Hospitality Alliance last year, AHLA has more than doubled the size of its state and local government affairs team since last year.

“This membership will allow us to leverage AHLA’s unmatched communications, advocacy and organizational resources, creating immediate value for PRHTA members and setting the stage for future successes,” said Clarisa Jimenez, president and CEO of PRHTA, in a statement.

PRHTA is an island-wide trade association representing more than 400 members, including hotels, restaurants, airlines, tour companies, cruise lines, educational institutions and suppliers of goods and services to Puerto Rico’s tourism industry. PRHTA’s members directly and indirectly support more than 80,000 jobs throughout Puerto Rico.