The Edinburgh Hotels Association
The Edinburgh Hotels Association is the unified voice of the Hotel Industry within Edinburgh representing the interests of our member Hotels. Current Membership of over 50 hotels representing a variety of star ratings all operated by independent as well as National & International Hotel companies.
- VisitScotland Edinburgh & Lothians
- Edinburgh International Conference Centre
- Edinburgh Convention Bureau
The EHA is Represented via the Chairman and/or Council Members and/or Secretary on:
- Essential Edinburgh – The City Centre Business Improvement District Board of Directors
- Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG a private/public partnership to co-ordinate tourism in the Capital)
- Winter Festivals Steering Group
- Tram Operations Group
- Marketing Edinburgh
- VisitScotland Edinburgh & Lothians, VisitScotland, Chamber of Commerce, City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh & Lothian
The Edinburgh Hotels Association (EHA) acts as the collective voice and motivator of the industry within Edinburgh to gain maximum recognition and support for issues of concern relating to member hotels. It also communicates the economic benefit that member hotels bring to the city, supports and co-ordinates the hotel and catering industry lead initiatives within Edinburgh, and actively works with public sector and industry partners to develop and encourage year round business opportunities, especially through conference, event and leisure marketing activity.
We work closely with the city’s marketing agency, the Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board and with the city's premier conference venue, the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
Part of EHA's role is to encourage hotels to participate in, and gain accreditation in, people and business development initiatives such as Investors in People, Hospitality Assured and to take up membership of industry and relevant business Professional Associations. Working in an eco-friendly way is also recognised by hotels who participate in VisitScotland's Green Tourism initiative.
Security is important for guests and staff and we work with the local Police on a communication system between all hotels.
There is regular dialogue amongst the member hotels at meetings throughout the year and representation by members of the EHA on local government, area tourist board, national tourist board or industry body, which may influence the hotel business environment within Edinburgh. We endorse, participate in and support the Edinburgh Tourism Action Group - the Private/Public Partnership and chaired by Edinburgh Airport’s Managing Director - which co-ordinates activity to promote all aspects affecting tourism in the city and has representation in all sectors in tourism as well as the Tourist Board, City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Enterprise.
EHA also supports hotel industry and local charitable organisations.
EHA does not exist for profit, act as a sales function (other than the web site online booking capability), or operate as a source of professional advice to its member hotels. Its key marketing 'influence' is as the first hotel association in the UK to provide online booking with its first web site in 1999 and now the production of this, its third website.