ILIA works in concert with other leading hospitality, business and consumer groups to support and protect the billion dollar tourism industry, through responsible advocacy.  ILIA serves as a major voice for the independent lodging industry when group action isneeded, especially important when lobbying industry views before government agencies.  The association is actively involved in representing its members to the State Legislatures.  ILIA legislative advocates work diligently to enact laws that protect the industry from unscrupulous operators and those who would knowingly defraud innkeepers.  ILIA continues to be increasingly visible and aggressive as a coordinator of industry efforts and active in anticipating potential problems and initiating legislative action.

ILIA is also active in seeking more effective ways to promote travel and tourism across the country utilizing the legislative process. One of ILIA’s focal points is to develop business strategies to keep the industry economically sound.

Education & Networking

ILIA continually provides education and training to improve profitability and performance for their nearly 5,000 members.  ILIA hosts a number of educational seminars regarding legislative advocacy, business development, communication & marketing and a variety of other topics.  ILIA holds an annual convention where members can learn from other lodging owners and operators and network with those in the travel industry.


Our goal is to meet the very unique and specialized needs of our members.  ILIA staff understands that its members put their personal investment on the line every day and need the resources we provide to advocate, promote and keep their businesses profitable.  ILIA is a member-first organization and that is why we continue to grow.

ILIA offers a wide range of resources for their members to make the day-to-day operation of one’s lodging establishment an easier task, including a legal helpline, free listing on Rooms on the Run, and weekly electronic industry & advocacy updates.