OHLA Membership


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Property Membership (For hotels, inns, B&Bs, cabins & other independent properties)

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Allied Membership (For those that provide goods and services to the industry)

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"OHLA helps us stay connected as a hotel community. OHLA provides a high profile way for hotels to recognize their top performers with the Stars of the Industry program and supports our team members' efforts to continue their education and grow their career through educational grant money. OHLA keeps us informed on local and national issues facing our industry, connects suppliers with hotels to partner with each other and even coordinates a confidential wage & benefit survey to assist hotels in planning. OHLA provides great value to my hotel!" - Carrie Richards, General Manager: Hilton Columbus at Easton


Together We Can ...

Produce Favorable Public Policy for Our Industry

OHLA’s team of lobbyists, lawyers, and staff are committed to working at the local, state, and national level to produce favorable outcomes for the hospitality industry in public policy. OHLA protects the interest of hotel and lodging businesses, their employees, and our economy as a whole. OHLA keeps our industry at the forefront of discussions and action on many landmark issues that create an environment for businesses to grow.

Improve the Service and Professionalism of Your Staff

OHLA recognizes that your employees, whether front or back of house, are your greatest asset. As such, membership in OHLA offers a multitude of opportunities for your employees to achieve certifications and continued education for professional development. OHLA works closely with the American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute (AHLEI) to bring you the most up-to-date training opportunities for hospitality employees. Scholarship opportunities from OHLA’s Education & Training Fund (EFT) are available to all member properties.

Grow Ohio’s Travel Economy

Hotel and lodging properties are part the entire hospitality industry, and the larger business community. OHLA forms powerful alliances within our own industry, but also with other partners that share our goals of supporting economic growth, competitiveness and jobs. We work closely with other travel-related entities to help make Ohio a leading destination to visit, do business in, and move to. We support the efforts increase effective destination marketing through local convention and visitors bureaus and through TourismOhio, the State of Ohio’s travel and tourism marketing arm.  

Grow Your Business

Through its diverse Allied Member program with companies that support the hospitality industry, OHLA is able to provide the resources and professional connections that will support and help grow your business. You can find authorative answers to many questions quickly from OHLA’s resource center and materials in our OHLA Store. Lodging professionals can also engage locally though OHLA lodging councils, and make connections and friendships that will last a lifetime through programs like Women in Lodging and our Under 30 Gateway for young professionals.

Support Ohio’s Unique Lodging Sector

OHLA is committed to supporting our state’s diverse destinations through Unique Lodging of Ohio (ULO), a council designed specifically for bed & breakfasts, inns, cabins, and other independent properties. ULO offers a rich and diverse community where these unique property owners enjoy educational opportunities geared toward their specific business operations, an Ambassador Program for new members, and advertising opportunities to support and grow their business.

Foster Profitability & Sustainability

Our mission includes helping your bottom line. Our programs are designed to have a positive impact on profitability by helping you and your team be more efficient and effective. Our large group of partner companies provide numerous programs and benefits that come with special savings for OHLA members. As we add new resources and benefits to our mix, our focus includes those elements which can help you thrive

Engage in Charitable and Community Endeavors

Providing rewarding professional experiences and creating prosperous environments to do business requires every business to engage in efforts to give back to their community. The emerging generation of employees is more motivated by opportunities to engage and make a difference than by many other traditional factors. OHLA creates partnerships with many diverse initiatives to make these activities a priority.

Champion for Safety & Security in the Hospitality Industry

Hospitality businesses feel a keen sense of responsibility to their guests. Nowhere is that more evident in the need to provide a safe and secure environment, and to proactively work with relevant agencies to make our concerns heard. Whether at the local, regional or federal level, OHLA’s proactive efforts ensure that hotel and lodging properties have access to the latest information and the support they need to address critical issues.

Raise the Stature of Ohio’s Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry is the fourth-largest employment sector in Ohio. The impact of hotel and lodging business on our travel economy is immense. The wages and taxes our members create are a path to prosperity for tens of thousands of families, and support important public services in our communities. OHLA positions our industry and its members in the center of discussions that affect economic growth, competitiveness and jobs in our state.

Together, we are stronger. 

"OHLA is a very important association to be partners with, as I strongly believe the value it offers to members is second to none. The Association has the power and knowledge to assist us in making our industry strong and ultimately successful. We have been members of OHLA for many years and it has proven to be very rewards in these challenging times of hotel?motel management." - Bobby Das, General Manager: Travelodge Lima


Have questions or want to submit a completed membership application?

Please contact Lauren Stazen, Director of Membership at lauren@ohla.org or (614) 461-6462 ext.4

Unique Lodging of Ohio (ULO) Membership

The Unique Lodging of Ohio (ULO) community is a sector of OHLA. Members of ULO are intendent hotels, motels, inns, B&Bs, and cabins – truly, unique lodging. Membership to OHLA for our ULO community also includes membership to the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the benefits provided at a national level.  The ULO community is an important resource for new and established innkeepers alike. 

OHLA works hard every day to bring more value to the ULO Community. In addition to the numerous resources all OHLA Members receive, below are some of the benefits your ULO peers are already taking advantage of:

  • Cooperative advertising in AAA Home&Away and Ohio Magazines, exclusive to ULO members
  • Allied Members focused on the independent hotelier
  • ULO specific networking opportunities such as the ULO Pre-Conference Reception at Annual Conference and the new ULO Social in May.
  • Legal resources and access to industry experts.
  • Education & training resources to improve service and professionalism.
  • Recognition through the Ohio ULO of the Year Award.


Interested in Applying for Membership or have questions about ULO Membership?

Contact Lauren Stazen by calling the OHLA Office at (614) 461-6462 ext.4 or lauren@ohla.org


Congrats to the 2019 ULO Properties of the Year: 


21+ Rooms

The Mills Park Hotel


1-20 Rooms

Chateau Lake Logan