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Government Affairs

Among the benefits of membership is AkH&LA’s commitment and work in representing the lodging industry and providing protection from various legislative bodies in Alaska as well as nationally, through our affiliation with the American Hotel & Lodging Association. AkH&LA monitors and addresses a wide range of legislative issues on a State and Federal level. With our lobbying TEAM and PAC Committee bills which could have an impact on the lodging industry, positively or negatively, are identified, reviewed and tracked throughout the legislative process to ensure we are protecting the lodging industry in Alaska.

AkH&LA also gets involved in legislative issues at the local level upon request of the membership. Most recently, AkH&LA staff provided support and local representation in opposition of local bed tax increases in the Mat-Su Valley, Kenai Peninsula Borough and Southeast.

Government Affairs
Government Affairs

Legislative Fly-In

Every year members of our industry storm the hall of the legislative offices to discuss issues and priorities for our industry. The date for the 2019 Fly-In Date is TBD.

  • Alaska’s Hotel & Lodging Industry is Vital to Alaska’s Private Sector Economy
  • Provides private sector jobs to 12,000 Alaskans
  •  Stimulates Alaska’s economy with more than $249 million in annual payroll
  •  Supports Alaska’s municipalities by generating more than $41 million in bed taxes
  • Invests millions in infrastructure and contributes to local governments’ tax base

2018 Legislative Priorities.

  •  Targeted Taxes AKH&LA opposes taxes targeted at Alaska’s visitor and lodging industry which negatively impact private sector employment, local governments and our state.
  •  Tourism Marketing: AKH&LA supports the state partnering with industry on a strong and stable tourism marketing program to help ensure Alaska remains among the world’s premier travel destinations.
  •  Sustainable State Budget: AKH&LA supports a sustainable budget solution, including some use of Permanent Fund earnings to help insulate critical state services from volatile commodity markets.
  •  Regulatory Predictability: Alaska’s Hotel and Lodging Industry needs a predictable and realistic regulatory environment in which to work, thrive and employ Alaskans.
  •  Short-Term Rentals: AKH&LA supports a level and legal playing field within the lodging sector. Commercial operators within the short-term rental industry should not be allowed to operate outside of the law.