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      New Edition of International Hotels Textbook Explores Global Issues

      Lansing, Michigan, September 2008 - The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) has published the second edition of the textbook, "International Hotels: Development and Management."

      Written by Chuck Yim Gee, dean emeritus of the School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawaii at Manoa, with contributing author A. J. Singh of The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University, this new edition explores key issues in international hospitality. Readers will learn about new trends and developments that have changed the context of global hotel operations and management and explore international policies affecting travel, tourism, and hotel development. All exhibits and statistics have been updated throughout the text to provide readers with the most current information available.

      Topics include:

      • Sustainable development, global distribution systems, new hotel products, and consumer demographics
      • The growing importance of China, India, and the Middle East to the travel and tourism industry
      • Country-specific policies regarding investment regulations, visa programs, hotel classification systems, and travel advisories
      • The European Union's impact on tourism
      • Preferences of international guests

      "International Hotels: Development and Management" is available from the Educational Institute for $74.95 for AH&LA members and $99.95 for nonmembers. To order, visit www.ahlei.org or call 800-752-4567 or 517-372-8800. Outside the U.S. and Canada, call 407-999-8100.

      About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
      Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.

      Elizabeth Johnson - ejohnson@ahla.com