by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | February 18, 2014
On Friday, the Washington, D.C.-based American Hotel & Lodging Association took a step toward tackling data security. AH&LA president and CEO Katherine Lugar announced the organization had joined several leading trade groups representing the merchant and financial services industries in a new cybersecurity partnership that will focus on increased information sharing, better card security technology and maintaining the trust of customers. Members of the newly formed group, which was initiated by the Retail Industry Leaders Association and the Financial Services Roundtable, include the American Bankers Association, The Clearing House, the Consumer Bankers Association, the Food Marketing Institute, Independent Community Bankers of America, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Associations of Convenience Stores, the National Grocers Association, the National Restaurant Association and the National Retail Federation. "The U.S. hotel industry is committed to protecting the confidential data of our customers," said Lugar in the official announcement. "We look forward to working with merchant and financial groups to advance measures to further enhance data security.”