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 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 ensure winning recipients have funds forwarded to their respective colleges directly to be applied toward tuition 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.

GPHA 2016 College Scholarship Application - complete the application online and upload documents

Download GPHA 2016 High School Scholarship Application - 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.

Aloft Philadelphia Downtown opening summer 2017 - Positions Available

Clarion Hotel Philadelphia International Airport Senior Sales Manager

Courtyard Philadelphia City Avenue Food and Beverage Supervisor 

DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport Job Opportunities

Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Airport Sales Coordinator and Sales Manager

Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Airport Catering Sales Representative 

Hersha Hotels

Hilton Philadelphia Hotel at Penn's Landing Job Opportunities

Hilton Worldwide (Hilton Inn at Penn & DoubleTree Hotel Philadelphia Center City)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites King of Prussia General Manager

Holiday Inn Philadelphia Sales Manager 

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia Front Office Manager

Hotel Monaco Philadelphia Assistant General Manager & In Room Dining Manager

Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia

Intercontinental Hotels Group

LaQunita Inns & Suites Runnemede Director of Sales & Marketing

Loews Hotel Job Opportunities   

Marriott Hotels 

Pennsylvania Convention Center Job Opportunities 

Pennsylvania Convention Center Engineering Project Manager

Pennsylvania Convention Center Operations Manager 

Pennsylvania Convention Center Diversity Manager 

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Director of Marketing 

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Marketing Manager 

Philadelphia Airport Marriott Executive Chef 

Philadelphia Airport Marriott Job Opportunities 

Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Job Opportunities

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown

Sheraton Philadelphia University City Guest Service Agent 

Sheraton Society Hill

Sofitel Philadelphia Employment Opportunities 

Synergy Hospitality Properties View Online

The Desmond

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

The Rittenhouse Hotel

The Union League of Philadelphia Inn Manager

Valley Forge Casino Resort:

Waterfront Square Concierge 

Westin Philadelphia Job Opportunities 

Windsor Suites Sales & Events Coordinator 

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.