GPHA is dedicated to mentoring future hotel employees and providing continuing education and development for current hospitality industry employees. GPHA also assists industry employees with professional certifications, training and business development seminars, and provides scholarships and resource materials to schools, teaching centers and individuals to ensure a successful career path in the hospitality industry.

GPHA members receive discounts on ServSafe classes and access to members-only events. There are also two professional networking programs to engage GPHA members with industry peers, develop professional skills and help give back to the community.

The Event Executive Certificate Program at Temple University

The only award- winning, comprehensive events planning program that prepares you to achieve a certificate for a number of different professional organizations. The full program may be completed in one year, but you can enroll for individual courses as well. Earn a professional (non-credit) executive certificate in Event Leadership to advance your career. Click to learn more or contact Ira Rosen, Temple University Event Leadership Certificate Program Director or 215-204-6126.

ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association, GPHA is offering members the National Restaurant Association's One-Day Servsafe ® Certification program. Click here for dates, times, locations and registration. Be sure to indicate in the comment box that you are a GPHA member to receive a rate of $150.

CPR/First Aid Training Certification

This course will cover infant, child and adult CPR, handling first aid emergencies, blood borne pathogens training, and rescue choking techniques. Participants who successfully complete the skills performance and written exam will receive a one year course completion card.

TIPS Bartending Certification

This certification program helps to assure that your front-of-the-house staff is prepared for every situation. It will outline effective responsible alcohol service practices for all front-of-the house staff including bartenders, waiters, hosts, bussers, security and valets that may need to prevent and/or deal with intoxication.

Human Resource Seminars

  • Readily apply HR knowledge and information to your everyday work.
  • Network and exchange ideas with other HR professionals.
  • Accomplish more in your organization by utilizing new ideas, tools and best practices.
  • Stay current on the latest in HR practices and legislation.

In alignment with our commitment to provide members with the most comprehensive human resource and networking opportunities, GPHA offers seminars throughout the year. Check back for upcoming dates.


For the past decade, GPHA’s Michael M. Boyle Scholarship Fund has afforded scholarships to outstanding and deserving students working to earn an associate, bachelors or graduate degree in hospitality related fields. In addition to their studies, eligible students must demonstrate related work experience, an intention to pursue a career in hospitality and good academic standing with their high school, college or university. GPHA ensures winning recipients have funds forwarded to their respective colleges directly to be applied toward tuition, books, etc. for the subsequent semester.

Each applicant is considered based on outstanding leadership, academic achievement, and commitment to community involvement, and other organizations/associations at their respective high schools and colleges, and a personal essay addressing why he/she is the best candidate for the scholarship funds.

This scholarship is dedicated in memory of Michael M. Boyle who was a key figure in reviving Philadelphia’s hospitality industry. He served as the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association’s President from 1998-2000 and was a founding member of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation. He was a vigorous visionary and a devoted advocate for the hospitality industry in Philadelphia. These scholarships are a testament to his vision and passion for the hotel community in Philadelphia.

2018 GPHA College Scholarship Application - download the application or complete the application online and upload documents

2018 GPHA High School Scholarship Application - download the application or complete the application online and upload documents



The Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association (GPHA) looks for enthusiastic Hospitality & Tourism and/or Communication and Marketing students who can work a flexible schedule (approximately 21-30 hours a week) depending on activity and availability. He/she must enjoy working in the hospitality industry and be able to work at least a semester's length of time. We are looking to work with Sophomore or Junior level college students. Those students who are Tourism and Hospitality Management Majors Communication and Marketing Majors would best fit the internship. The internship is not paid, however there are many opportunities to obtain excellent practical experience in the industry.

The internships offers students the opportunity to network with industry professionals, gain valuable experience in the Philadelphia hospitality industry, and become acquainted with hotel members of GPHA involved in the organization. It is a chance for students to see how their classroom learning applies to the real world.

Internship Responsibilities include:

  • Event Management
    • Event Planning/Marketing
    • Event Implementation and Follow Through
  • Project Management
    • Project Planning
    • Project Implementation and Follow Through
  • Learn Finances & Budgets of the Association
  • Opportunity to attend board meeting and committee meetings
  • Opportunity to preview GPHA’s Hospitality Industry Annual Report
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Answer correspondence including phone and email
  • Create Powerpoint presentations for events, projects, and meetings
  • Maintain RSVP lists for training classes, association events, and meetings
  • Create event and training class invitations (Constant Contact)
  • Maintain membership databases
  • Update website and all calendars
    • Seminars, Programs, Events
  • Design and implement surveys for pre/post events
  • Assist with associations marketing and PR
  • Data entry and analysis
  • Volunteer Coordination – work with area Hospitality Institutions to recruit volunteers to assist at GPHA events

If you are interested in an internship with the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, please contact Suzanne Geyer at

Job Bank

Many of our Allied and Hotel Members and Partners post their open positions on their own site. The following list includes those who regularly post on-line.

Clarion Hotel Phila Airport  Director of Sales & Marketing  

Courtyard Marriott City Avenue Assistant General Manager

Embassy Suites Center City Job Opportuniites

Hersha Hotels

Hilton Philadelphia Hotel at Penn's Landing Job Opportunities

DoubleTree Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Kimpton Hotels

Le Meridien Philadelphia Job Opportunities

Loews Philadelphia Hotel Job Opportunities

Marriott International Job Opportunites

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Diversity Manager
Sales Manager

Seaview Hotel & Golf Club (Galloway, NJ) 
Director of Finance 
Remote Group Sales Manager

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown

Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill 

Sofitel Philadelphia

Sonesta Hotel

Synergy Hospitality Properties View Online

The Bellevue Philadelphia

The Desmond Job Opportunities 

The Inn at Penn Hotel Employment Opportunities www.Jobs.Hilton.Com

The Logan Hotel

The Radnor Hotel Job Opportunities

The Rittenhouse Hotel

The Study University City Job Opportunities

The Union League of Philadelphia Inn Manager

Valley Forge Casino Resort:

Westin Philadelphia Job Opportunities 

Windsor Suites Guest Experience Ambassador (Front Desk)

Wurzak Hotel Group: HOME2 Suites Philadelphia, Sheraton Valley Forge, The Hilton and Homewood City Avenue and Westin Mt. Laurel:


Philadelphia Information

As the fifth largest city in the U.S., Philadelphia offers lots of options for every type of traveler. World-renowned museums, cultural attractions, tax-free shopping, award-winning restaurants, diversified nightlife options, and of course, lots of comfortable places to lay your tired head. In fact, there are more than 14,000 hotel rooms in the Greater Philadelphia area.

To help with your travel planning, the following are some links to our local partners.

Domestic Traveler:

International and Group Travelers:

Business and Corporate Travelers:

Events Calendar:

We hope you enjoy your time in Philadelphia. We know you will be back again, whether it is for business, leisure, or a little of both.