The Future of Lodging Summit 

Summit Generic

Our Goal:
Address current issues and futures needs in attracting and retaining employees for a career in the lodging and hospitality industry. Shape a plan of action to refine strategies in developing: Growth through Flexibility; Empowerment; Technology in our industry

Take part in shaping the future by participating in this work force and education focused event!


Cincinnati Future of Lodging Summit

Date: October 11, 2023

Time: 8:00AM - 2:30PM EDT

Location: Graduate Cincinnati Hotel,

151 Goodman Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45219


What is the Future of Lodging Summit?
The Future of Lodging Summit is a one-day collaborative event in which hoteliers, educators, students, travel & tourism partners, and more come together to discuss current needs and upcoming issues of the hospitality industry workforce. We need your voice to help us create a plan of action to help prepare our industry for its future!


OHLA’s Education & Workforce Development Committee has planned two summits for 2023. Our Inaugural Future of Lodging Summit was very successful in getting critical feedback on how to grow our workforce from lodging professionals, hospitality experts, educators students and others. With the actionable outcomes of our inaugural summit, we are able to expand on several topics of importance. The 2023 summits will provide similar content, promotions and some sponsorships.






8:15 AM Registration & Networking
8:30 -8:50 AM  Networking Activity for Students
9:00 AM Opening Remarks
9:20 AM Certifications in Hospitality-AHLEI
9:30 AM Work Session #1
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM Work Session #2
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00-1:15 PM Competition Activity for Students
1:15 PM Work Session #3 
2:20 PM Closing Remarks & Awards



WORK SESSION #1 - Flexibility is Essential

There IS flexibility in the hospitality industry. Attendees will be provided with new tools to encourage stronger engagement and achieve greater flexibility in communications with staff or peers.

WORK SESSION #2 - Ladder Steps to Advancement

Join in discussions regarding supportive ways to enter and work through growth in your career. Let’s build a plan. What will it take as the lodging and hospitality industries move forward?

WORK SESSION #3 - Infusing Tech into the Lodging Industry

Thornton May will lead an interactive presentation & discussion that highlights the impact of technology in three areas where the hospitality industry is experiencing challenges: guest experience, workforce development/employee retention, and cyber security.

Thornton is an experienced high-frequency traveler, is the Contributing Futurist for the Adventure Travel Trade Association, and has examined issues of technology related to consumer analytics, as well as the working habits and needs of the next generation in the workforce.



Please use the link below to book accommodations at the host hotel for the night of October 10. Rates begin at $225.00/night.

OHLA: The Future of Lodging Summit – Cincinnati Graduate Cincinnati 10/10-10/11/23



Attendees will receive a $5 voucher to park on site. 



Coming Soon!


Registration Types Include:




Travel & Tourism Partners

These include others in the hospitality industry, including restauranteurs, CVBs, DMOs, and others.

For more information regarding registration or event functions contact



Complimentary to attend.
If you would like to contribute towards the operation of this event and future OHLA education & workforce initiatives, donation opportunities are available.

Food & Beverage

A boxed lunch and light refreshments throughout the day will be included. Every effort will be made to accommodate common dietary restrictions. Anyone with special dietary needs please be sure to note in your online registration.

What to Prepare

We ask all attendees be prepared to keep an open mind regarding sentiments shared at the event & be ready to collaborate with other individuals about Education & Workforce Development.

Student Attendees:  Bring their resumes on site for sharing with possible employers


Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor
Red Roof
Programming Sponsor
Spectrum New Logo
Hospitality Sponsor


Riley Hotel Group

Columbus Hospitality Concord

Tri C Logo

Ohio U Kent


Interactive Poll Sponsor


Thank you to our supporters!

Ita Hi Res Logo Color 

 Lago Logo

Lago Logo 




Sponsorship Opportunities are Available!

To pledge your support for The Future of Lodging Summit, contact 

Presenting Sponsor $3,000 SOLD

  • Branding on all pre-event notices, communications, and printed event documents at the Presenting Sponsor level.
  • Branding on The Future of Lodging Summit  webpage and any materials published for the 2023 events
  • Welcome message and hospitality message and initiatives within their company during opening remarks (5-8 minutes)
  • Additional opportunities in 2023 to have logo on education & workforce documents.
  • 6 registrations to event(s)

Programming Sponsor   $2,500 SOLD

  • Branding on all pre-event notices, communications, and printed event documents at the Programming  Sponsor level.
  • Attendee Message and introduce a panel or speaker (3-5 minutes)
  • Opportunity to provide branded pens, folders, or note pads. An offer to raffle one item.
  • 5 registrations to event(s)

Hospitality Sponsor   $1,000 (Multiples Available)

  • Branding on all pre-event notices, communications, and event documents at Hospitality Sponsor level.
  • Greet attendees at the Registration Desk 
  • Links to find open positions and/or a company profile will be made available to attendees attending the Summit
  • Three registrations to one Future of Lodging Summit of your choice

Interactive Poll Sponsor   $750 (SOLD; Cincinnati Event)

  • Branding on the Interactive Poll slides during the event, all pre-event notices, communications, and event documents at Interactive Poll Sponsor level.

Workforce Sponsor   $500 (Multiples Available)

  • Branding on all pre-event notices, communications, and event documents at Workforce Sponsor level.
  • Two registrations to one Future of Lodging Summit of your choice.


Thank You to Our Partners