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AH&LA Member to Speak at House Hearing for H-2B Program

Wednesday June 12th, 2013 - 9:32AM

WASHINGTON, DC—Sarah Diment, owner of The Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit, ME, and a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), will testify this afternoon at a hearing of the House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access on “The Seasonal Employment Needs of Small Tourism Businesses and H-2B Visa Policy.”

The hearing has been convened by Subcommittee Chairman Tom Rice (R-SC) to examine the importance of the H-2B visa program and its use by small tourism and tourism-related businesses, including hotels and resorts. Diment, who has utilized the H-2B program at The Beachmere Inn, was invited by the subcommittee to testify on behalf of the lodging industry.

“A strong temporary seasonal worker program is vital to the continued strength of hotels, inns, and resorts across the country, many of which generate much of their annual revenue during peak tourist seasons,” Katherine Lugar, AH&LA president and CEO, said in a statement. “We are grateful to Chairman Rice for calling this hearing and providing the opportunity to explain to the subcommittee the importance of this program and why its continuation is crucial to our members’ economic viability.”

—Nicole Carlino