Ahead of Deadline, AH&LA Educates Hoteliers on ADA Changes

In the event that attendees have disabilities, meeting planners should know: By March 15, U.S. hoteliers must comply with revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

Ahead of that deadline, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) has launched an informational campaign testing hoteliers' knowledge on what they need to know — and do — to be compliant with the final rule.

That final rule refers to regulatory changes that were enacted in September 2010, updating the 1991 ADA for commercial facilities, also referred to as ADA Title III regulations. It requires properties to provide guests with disabilities access to their facilities, goods and services, and affects nearly all publicly available areas of hotels — including meeting space.

"AH&LA recommends that careful attention is paid to these mandates, as fines and/or penalties could be issued for noncompliance," reads an AH&LA statement.

To test their knowledge, and learn more about the 2010 regulations taking effect this month, hoteliers and meeting planners can visit the AH&LA website, www.ahla.com/knowledge.