The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) has appointed veteran Capitol Hill staffer Andrew Usyk as its vice president of government affairs.
Usyk will work to advance the industry’s interests in several issue priorities, ranging from supporting policies that facilitate international travel and tourism, to increasing transparency for consumers booking hotels online.
He comes to AHLA after serving eight years as a senior staffer in the US Senate, including more than three years as a legislative assistant to US senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. He previously served as a legislative aide to senator Kirsten Gillibrand and worked on her 2010 reelection campaign. Usyk is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he played NCAA Division I soccer.
Brian Crawford, executive vice president of government affairs at AHLA, said: “We are excited to welcome Andrew to our advocacy team. Andrew will be instrumental in expanding and deepening our relationships on Capitol Hill, especially in the Senate, and elevating the hotel industry’s message in Washington.”
Usyk is part of a 10-person team of government affairs professionals with extensive experience on Capitol Hill and in federal, state and local advocacy. Together, they work to advance the interests of nearly 26,000 members representing three million hotel rooms and $600bn in economic impact.
Usyk will help support AHLA’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and with the administration.