What We Do
The Hotel Association of North Texas serves the interests of hotels throughout the North Texas Region. This is achieved through our programs and services, our public affairs activities and the tracking of legislation that could affect the way hotels in the North Texas Region conduct business.
The Hotel Association of North Texas is a non-profit trade association representing approximately 60,000 hotel rooms in cities across the North Texas Region. Membership composition includes General Managers of hotels, Executives of hotel corporations, and vendors to the hospitality industry. Since 1929, the Association has been the principal advocate promoting the best interest of the hospitality industry. The Hotel Association of North Texas is among the strongest of local hotel associations in the United States.
In addition to outstanding networking opportunities, the Association operates to promote the hospitality industry´s interests through the D/FW Airport Courtesy Phone Boards, a public affairs program focusing on the concerns of hotels, educational seminars, the Hotel Security Network, community involvement, a scholarship fund, newsletters, security bulletins, credit union services, and listings on our website. Our website includes free job listings, the Career Center and a Hotel Security Network website created in cooperation with area law enforcement agencies and the Dallas Police Department.
To further the interests of the hospitality industry through community partnerships, political involvement, member benefits, education and accountability of hotel occupancy taxes throughout our coverage area.
History of the Hotel Association of North Texas:
Originally founded as the Dallas Men's Hotel Association in 1922, the Hotel Association began with only four hotel members, all in downtown Dallas, who would meet once a month to discuss common issues. It was 1972 before the Hotel Association of North Texas had its own offices and a one person staff, rather than a hotel general manager volunteer.
In 1989, the Association decided to promote the Association´s networking opportunities to the vendors and suppliers of the hotel industry through Allied memberships. The Hotel Association of North Texas set itself apart, however, by allowing only one (1) Allied Member for every four (4) Hotel Members.
From humble beginnings, the Hotel Association of North Texas has grown in stature and influence, and is more active and influential than many state hotel associations.
Today, the Hotel Association of North Texas continues to improve. The Association is more program-oriented and politically active than ever before.
The Hotel Association of North Texas will continue to improve and upgrade to meet the needs of our members and look out for the interests of the hotel industry in the North Texas Region.
• Close relationships with the North Texas Region Convention and Visitors Bureaus
• Long time partner with DFW Airport in providing transportation solutions
• Partner with local law enforcement agencies to operate the HSN program
• Advocate of career opportunities within the hotel industry through education and recruitment, scholarships and internships
Statement Regarding Antitrust Laws
Legal Council for AH&LA has asked us to remind all Association members that certain topics are not proper subjects for discussion and consideration at any Association meeting of members, officers, directors, or committees, whether formal or informal. While it is entirely appropriate to meet as an Association to discuss common problems and areas of interest, any action taken to eliminate, restrict, or govern competition among members is a violation of the antitrust laws. If there is any discussion at Association meetings relating to significant factors of competitors is for the purpose of agreeing upon a common course of business conduct.
Among the subjects which should never be discussed at Association meetings are: room rates, surcharges, conditions, terms and prices of service,allocating or sharing of customers, and refusing to deal with a particular supplier or class of suppliers. Agreements among competitors relating to any of these subjects are per se violations of the antitrust laws and can lead to severe criminal and civil penalties.
It is essential, therefore, that all necessary steps be taken by Association executives, officers, and members, themselves, to prevent any Association meeting from becoming a forum for those types of discussions which might lead to an understanding or agreement, expressed or implied, with respect to any essential element of completion.
We suggest that you prepare and review all agendas for Association meetings in that light, and urge you to be most vigilant to make certain that your discussions do not stray from the prepared agenda.