Allied Member Benefits
The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association is the largest regional hospitality association in the United States. Our membership includes nearly 129,500 hotel rooms throughout Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties, and nearly 500 "supplier" organizations that do business with the hospitality and tourism industries.
If you are interested in becoming a member of CFHLA, there is valuable information throughout this website, including an online membership application. Get to know what CFHLA can do for you!
If you have further questions that are not covered on the web site, please contact CFHLA Senior Vice President of Membership and Industry Relations, Erin Walsh at 407-313-5012 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Should YOU Join CFHLA?
First and foremost, we are part of the community. We live, work, play and contribute to Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties. We vote, pay taxes, support many non-profit organizations and participate in community activities. The hospitality and tourism industries are at the forefront of the Central Florida economy, providing services, products and memorable experiences to the local community, as well as to the millions of visitors who contribute billions of dollars into our local economy. Our unified voice is capable of influencing decisions that affect our industry.
Secondly, our membership is dedicated to supporting the entire hospitality and tourism industries throughout Central Florida. Members will have the opportunity to increase their network within the hospitality community, meet the leaders of the industry, and have a voice in the governmental, social, cultural, and charitable fabric of our community.
CFHLA Member Opportunities:
Membership Breakfasts & Luncheons
Throughout the year, we host several breakfasts/luncheons that showcase speakers and topics relevant to the hospitality industry and our community. Join us for an excellent opportunity to network and learn more with your peers.
Hospitality Expo and Tradeshow (HEAT)
Held each year, this annual event features an exciting educational component teamed with what has been described as "the best buy in trade shows." Each year, the HEAT averages 200+ booths and hosts nearly 800+ hoteliers.
Allied Relations Council
Allied members (suppliers) have their own Council that includes representation on the CFHLA Board of Directors, and meets monthly to provide networking opportunities with lodging members.
Consists of hotel Chiefs and Directors of Engineering who coordinate educational and certification opportunities for Lodging members and networking events with Allied members.
Security & Safety Council
Consists of hotel safety & security personnel, as well as local law enforcement, who meet monthly to conduct Intelligence Briefings, and network and coordinate crime prevention.
Business and Social Networking
Numerous opportunities exist for our members to live up to our motto "Members Doing Business with Members." We always encourage our members to utilize our membership lists when making purchases. We also provide opportunities for networking with our "After Hours" events, as well as many other opportunities throughout the year.
Members are encouraged to participate in the various CFHLA committees to enhance the member's networking opportunities.
CFHLA takes pride in its commitment to the community. The CFHLA Foundation has now awarded more than $1Million in hospitality student and family member scholarships since its inception in 2000. Additionally, the CFHLA Foundation supports our local schools with hospitality and/or culinary programs, as well as our higher education partners, through educational grants each year. The funds are raised through the annual CFHLA Gives Program. The Hospitality Blood Drive Challenge for Florida's Blood Centers raises over 5,000 pints - Central Florida's #1 supply of blood. CFHLA members also partner with Central Florida's Public Schools through the Adopt-A-School Program to support education and our local children.
Every spring, CFHLA hosts over 140 golfers at the St. Patrick's Day Golf Open and in the fall, the Halloween Golf Outing. These tournaments and luncheons, held at name courses, offer fantastic opportunities to meet other members. The last event each year is the CFHLA Hospitality Gala. This formal celebration is a great opportunity to celebrate our organization's success and to thank CFHLA's loyal members.
As an Industry "watch dog" for Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties Tourist Development Tax, CFHLA ensures legal use of these funds. We also have instant communications and "call for action" emails to hoteliers relating to legislative and governmental updates. The CFHLA Political Action Committee (PAC) interviews all Central Florida candidates and endorses those "hospitality friendly" individuals that represent owners' assets and the tourism industry. Also, scheduled monthly meetings and orientations with elected officials and ongoing relationships with organizations such as local convention and visitors bureaus, FLA USA, Hospitality Industry Council, TDC, EDC, and Osceola resort area council keep our ties strong to the political heart beat of Central Florida.
The following newsletters are distributed by email to our members on an as-needed basis.
"The Insider" political e-newsletter, is distributed monthly by email. It discusses CFHLA issues relating to governmental affairs. This publication also features CFHLA policy positions.
Back of the House, CFHLA's most popular newsletter, is distributed weekly via email. It features highlights - in "bullet" format - of upcoming activities, membership milestones and industry updates.
What are CFHLA's allied member categories? There are three allied membership categories:
Allied Members do business with lodging members as well as one another and pay a fixed amount as determined by the CFHLA Board of Directors. VIP Member and Silver Partnership opportunities are available, please contact Erin Walsh, Senior Vice President of Membership and Industry Relations for more information at 407-313-5012 / email@example.com.
Restaurant Members are the owners or managers of restaurants. Dues are a fixed amount determined by the CFHLA Board of Directors.
Student Members are enrolled in hospitality related courses at local educational institutions and pay a manageable fixed amount as determined by the CFHLA Board of Directors.