Published on : Friday, December 11, 2015
Burba Hotel Network (BHN) has contributed $5,000 to the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation’s (AH&LEF) 2015 Annual Giving Campaign. This is BHN’s third gift to AH&LEF at the six-diamond level.
BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community, having completed nearly 130 conferences with almost 90,000 international delegates to date. A long-time partner of AH&LA, they have co-hosted The Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) with AH&LA since 2002. The proceeds from ALIS support AH&LEF and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.
Jim Burba, president and co-founder of BHN, said, “The work AH&LEF is doing to train our future leaders and fund research is so very important to the hospitality industry.” Added Bob Hayes, BHN vice president and co-founder, “‘BHN is committed to giving back to the industry, and our contribution to the AH&LEF 2015 Annual Giving Campaign is one of the ways that we meet that commitment. We encourage our colleagues to support this fundraising initiative.”
“BHN is an industry leader in philanthropic giving, and we are so grateful to be a recipient of their generosity,” said Joori Jeon, AH&LEF president/COO. “Their continuing support of the Foundation demonstrates that they are committed to investing in the future of the industry.”
The Annual Giving Campaign is AH&LEF’s key yearly fundraising initiative supported solely by the hospitality sector. Initiated in 1997, the program generates funds for AH&LEF’s core programs that provide hospitality management students with academic scholarships, offer grants for pertinent industry research such as diversity and technology advancement, and promote hospitality as a career of choice.
AH&LEF is the not-for-profit affiliate of AH&LA and is funded solely by charitable donations from progressive hospitality leaders and companies within the industry. In 2015, AH&LEF is disbursing more than 1.2 million to prepare promising college students for a career in hospitality, to attract and retain talented industry professionals, and to fund valuable research for lodging properties. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than $19 million has been distributed through its scholarship, education, outreach, and research programs.