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Restaurant Associations

American Culinary Federation 
http://www.acfchefs.org/
Promotes the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education among culinarians.

American Institute of Food and Wine (AIFW)
http://www.aiwf.org/
"In 1981 Julia Child, Robert Mondavi, Richard Graff, and others founded The American Institute of Wine & Food, a non-profit educational organization devoted to improving the appreciation, understanding, and accessibility of food and drink."

California Restaurant Association (CRA)
http://www.calrest.org/
Founded in 1906, the CRA is the oldest restaurant association in the United States.

Culinary Collaborative 
http://www.chefscollaborative.org/
"A national network of more than 1,000 members of the food community who promote sustainable cuisine by celebrating the joys of local, seasonal, and artisanal cooking."

Golden Gate Restaurant Association
http://www.ggra.org/
Founded in 1936 to promote, extend and protect the interests of the broader restaurant industry and serve members in the Bay Area.

Green Restaurant Association (GRA)
http://www.dinegreen.com/
Founded in 1990, GRA helps restaurants and their customers improve their environmental impact in convenient ways, through research, environmental consulting, education, marketing, and consumer activism.

Independent Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA)
http://www.iddba.org
Links to industry trends, education and scholarships, news, jobs, management tools and more.

International Association of Culinary Professionals 
http://www.iacp.com/
Serves as a resource and support system for food professionals worldwide.

International Franchise Association
http://www.franchise.org/
Provides franchise information. Sections of the website includes: education, resource center, franchise opportunities, news, and development.

National Restaurant Association (NRA)
http://www.restaurant.org/
Provides information on industry research, careers and education; government and legal; food safety; how to run a business, and news.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)
http://www.nraef.org/
Find state by state regulatory information, career outreach and educational opportunities, as well as publications and a resource center.

Professional Chef's Association
http://www.professionalchef.com/
Everything from news, live chef talks, recipes, restaurant design, wines, conferences, and more.

Society for Foodservice Management (SFM)
http://www.sfm-online.org/
Provides professional development through research and information, continuing education and member interaction in a collaborative environment.

Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR) 
http://www.womenchefs.org/
"Promotes the education and advancement of women in the restaurant industry and the betterment of the industry as a whole."

Hospitality Associations

American Automobile Assn http://www.aaa.org
American Assn of Airport Executives http://www.aaae.org/
American Bed & Breakfast Assn http://www.abba.com/
Assn of Bridal Consultants http://www.bridalassn.com/
Assn of Business Travelers http://www.abt-travel.com/
American Camping Association http://www.acacamps.org/
Assn of Collegiate Conference & Events Directors http://acced-i.colostate.edu/
American Culinary Federation http://www.acfchefs.org/
Assn for Convention Operations Management http://www.acomonline.org
Assn of Corporate Travel Executives http://www.acte.org/
American Dietetic Assn http://www.eatright.org/
American Disc Jockey Assn http://www.adja.org/
Assn of Destination Management Executives http://www.adme.org/
Assn of Destination Management Executives http://www.adme.org/
Assn for Wedding Professionals Intl http://afwpi.com/
American Gaming Assn http://www.americangaming.org/
Airport Ground Transportation Assn http://agtaweb.org/
Academy of Hospitality Attorneys http://www.ahiattorneys.org
American Hotel and Lodging Assn http://www.ahla.com/
American Institute of Wine & Food http://www.aiwf.org
Alliance of Meeting Mgt Consultants http://www.ammc.org
American Rental Assn http://www.ararental.org/
American Resort Development Assn http://www.arda.org/
Assn of Retail Travel Agents http://www.artaonline.com/
American Society of Assn Executives http://www.asaenet.org
American Sightseeing Intl http://www.americansightseeing.org/
American Society of Travel Agents http://www.astanet.com/
Air Transport Assn http://www.airlines.org
Black Culinarians Alliance http://www.blackculinarians.com
Center for Exhibition Industry Research http://www.ceir.org
Chaine des Rotisseurs USA http://www.chaineus.org/
Council on Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Education http://chrie.org/
Convention Industry Council (formerly CLC) http://www.conventionindustry.org
Council of Independent Restaurants of America http://www.dineoriginals.com/
Council of International Restaurant Real Estate Brokers http://www.cirb.net
Cruise Lines International Assn http://www.cruising.org/
Club Managers Assn of America http://www.cmaa.org/
California Nations Indian Gaming Assn http://www.cniga.com/
Dude Ranch Assn http://www.duderanch.org
Exhibit Designers & Producers Assn http://www.edpa.com
Exposition Operations Society http://www.expoops.com/
Ecotourism Society http://www.ecotourism.org/
Frequent Business Travelers Club http://www.fbtc.com/
Food Consultants Group http://www.foodconsultants.com/
Food Marketing Institute http://www.fmi.org/
Freighter Travelers Assn of America http://www.freightertravel.info/
Green Hotels Assn http://www.greenhotels.com/
Green Restaurant Assn http://www.dinegreen.com/
Hotel and Catering Intl Mgt Assn http://www.hcima.org.uk/content/
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals http://www.hftp.org/
Hotel Motel Engineers Assn http://www.hmea.com/
Hispanic Meeting Professionals http://www.hispanicmeetingprofessionals.com/
Hospitality Sales and Marketing Assn Intl http://www.hsmai.org/
Intl Assn of Conference Centers http://www.iacconline.com/
Intl Assn of Culinary Professionals http://iacp.com/
Intl Assn of Convention and Visitors Bureaus http://www.iacvb.org
Intl Assn for Exhibition Management http://www.iaem.org/
Intl Assn of Fairs and Expositions http://www.fairsandexpos.com/
Intl Assn for Medical Assistance to Travelers http://www.iamat.org/
Intl Assn Passengers Assn http://www.iapa.com
Intl Air Transport Assn http://www.iata.org
Intl Congess & Convention Assn http://www.iccaworld.com/
Institute of Certified Travel Agents http://www.icta.com/
Intl Executive Housekeepers Assn http://www.ieha.org/
Intl Festivals & Events Assn http://www.ifea.com/
Intl Food Service Executives Assn http://www.ifsea.com/
Intl Food Wine and Travel Writers Assn http://www.ifwtwa.org
Intl Hotel and Restaurant Assn http://www.ih-ra.com/
Intl Society of Hospitality Consultants http://www.ishc.com/
Intl Special Events Society http://www.ises.com/
Meeting Professionals Intl http://www.mpiweb.org/
National Assn of Catering Executives http://www.nace.net/
Natl Business Travel Assn http://www.nbta.org/
Natl Coalition of Black Meeting Planners http://www.ncbmp.com/
Natl Indian Gaming Assn http://www.indiangaming.org/
Natl Limo Assn http://www.limo.org
Natl Parks & Conservation Assn http://www.npca.org/
Natl Restaurant Assn http://www.restaurant.org/
Natl Tour Assn http://www.ntaonline.com/
Professional Assn of Innkeepers Intl http://www.paii.org/
Personal Chef Assn http://www.personalchef.com/
Professional Chef Assn http://www.professionalchef.com/
Professional Convention Mgt Assn http://www.pcma.org/
Society of Corporate Meeting Professionals http://www.scmp.org
Sports Tourism Intl Council http://www.sirc.ca/
Society of Independent Show Organizers http://www.siso.org
Student Travel Assn http://www.statravel.com
Trade Show Exhibitors Assn http://www.tsea.org/
Travel & Tourism Research Assn http://www.ttra.com/
Travel Industry Assn http://www.tia.org/
United States Tour Operators Assn http://www.ustoa.com/
World Tourism Organization http://www.world-tourism.org/
World Travel & Tourism Council http://www.wttc.org/
World Waterpark Assn http://www.waterparks.com/

Lodging Associations

American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)
http://www.ahla.com/
Site provides industry news, membership and publication information and archived articles from Lodging Magazine.

American Hotel & Lodging Foundation
http://www.ahlf.org/
Site provides resources for educational and research projects that ensure continued growth and opportunities for the lodging industry.

American Resort Development Association (ARDA)
http://www.arda.org/
Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries.

British Columbia & Yukon Hotels' Association
http://www.bcyha.com/
Advocate for the interests of the hotel industry throughout British Columbia and the Yukon. The BCYHA is a significant component in BC's $8.5 billion tourism trade.

California Hotel & Lodging Association
http://www.chma.com/
The largest and most influential state lodging trade association in the world. CH&LA's history of service to California's lodging industry reaches back over 100 years.

Caribbean Hotel Association
http://www.caribbeanhotels.org
Represents the Caribbean Hospitality Industry

European Hotel Managers Association
http://www.ehma.com/
Established in Rome in 1974. Its members include hotel managers operating first-class and luxury hotels in Europe.

Green Hotels Association
http://www.greenhotels.com/
Site aims to serve as an platform to bring together hotels interested in environmental issues. Includes a directory of member hotels with contact information, press releases, a catalog of products, and ideas for making hotels more environmentally friendly.

Historic Hotels of America: National Trust for Historic Preservation
http://www.historichotels.org
The National Trust established Historic Hotels of America in 1989 to identify quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambience. Online directory of historic hotels is available from this site.

Hotel Association of Canada
http://www.hotelassociation.ca
Includes the provincial and territorial hotel associations, the corporate hotel chains, independent hotels, motels and resorts and the suppliers to the hotel industry. HAC focuses on maintaining government profile and industry data and hosting an annual conference.

Hotel & Catering International Management Association
http://www.hcima.org.uk/content/
Covers all sectors of the industry from hotels, contract catering, restaurants and pubs to hospitals, schools and armed forces catering. The HCIMA is a registered charity. The HCIMA has a worldwide membership of around 23,000 within 27 UK regional branches and 17 international groups.

Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA) 
http://www.hedna.org/
Not-for-profit trade association, all of HEDNA's activities are intended to stimulate the booking of hotel rooms through the use of Global Distribution Systems (GDSs), the Internet and other electronic means.

Hotel Motel Engineer Association
http://www.hmea.com/hmea.html
Trade Show, Job Search, Engineers Wanted Memberships, Trade Show Registration, Hotel/Motel Sales and Training Information etc.

Independent Innkeepers Association
http://www.innbook.com
Membership includes the finest inns, B&Bs, and getaway retreats in Canada and the US, carefully chosen and inspected to maintain the highest standards.

Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association 
http://www.nvhotels.com/
"Serving Nevada since 1979, this trade association represents more than 400 member properties and supplier organizations with over 150,000 employees throughout the state. The NHLA purpose is to protect and enhance the financial welfare of the industry and educate its employees."

New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association
http://www.nyshta.org
NYSH&TA originally represented New York State's lodging industry. Includes members from nearly all segments of the tourism industry.

Oregon Lodging Association
http://www.oregonlodging.com
A statewide nonprofit trade association representing and supporting Oregon's lodging industry. OLA currently represents over 1200 hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfasts, resorts, recreational vehicle parks, and lodging-related vendors.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts
http://www.preferredhotels.com
Each member hotel offers a unique mix of ambiance, furnishing and architecture, and conforms to Preferred's Standards of Excellence program.

Professional Association of Innkeepers International
http://www.paii.org/
Site focuses on informing existing as well as aspiring innkeepers and vendors on various aspects of inn keeping. Also includes a publication library, a discussion forum, job listings, and financial and operating figures from the biennial B&B/Country Inns Industry Study.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World
http://www.slh.com
Small Luxury Hotels was created in 1991 as the result of a merger between Prestige Hotels Europe and Small Luxury Hotels & Resorts of North America.

The Leading Hotels of the World
http://www.lhw.com/
Headquartered in New York City, The Leading Hotels of the World provides global distribution, reservations, and luxury marketing support to the world's five-star independent hotels and hotel groups.

Washington Hotel & Lodging Association
http://www.wshla.com
Works toward a favorable legislative and regulatory environment for the lodging industry in Washington state, and promotes programs, resources and benefits to its members. The association publishes the Hospitality Law Manual, a comprehensive resource for lodging operators; and the annual Washington State Visitors' Guide, a premier travel planner that promotes the state as a tourism destination.

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