Golf Tournament

The annual Greater Albuquerque Innkeepers Association golf tournament was set up to fund a scholarship program for students pursuing a degree in the Culinary Arts or Hospitality and Tourism Program. These are students attending New Mexico Community College or New Mexico State University. It is the intent of GAIA to assist these students studying for the hospitality industry. The annual golf event attracts about 120 golfers each year to the Santa Ana Golf Club for a day of fun, great food and prizes. This tournament is a fun event for the golf duffer who plays once a year or the every weekend golfer who dreams of being a professional.

The Innkeepers golf tournament and other fund raising events awarded scholarships in 2015 to the following students, all from NMSU:

Anna Holmes

Miguel Juan Vigil III

Alexandra Yebra


Hospitality Games

Albuquerque’s hospitality industry recognizes our employees through the “Hospitality Games”. These games assemble members of the industry in friendly competition in a variety of industry-related games. Some of these games include Shaken Not Stirred, Commode Toss, Traveling Luggage and Table Top Tango.

It is a great opportunity to show appreciation for the hourly employees that do so much in hotels and restaurants to make sure visitors are accommodated and treated well. This is very hard work and goes unnoticed sometimes.

The games raise scholarship money for students at New Mexico State University and Central New Mexico Community College who are interested in hospitality-related careers.

The fifth annual games were held at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday, June 19th, at 2:00 PM.  In the menu on the left side of the page, you’ll see links to photo galleries of each event!

This year’s sponsors are Pepsi, Dave & Busters, Sysco Foods, Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Heads Up Landscaping, Achievement Gallery, The Albuquerque Convention Center, and our title sponsor, The New Mexico Rail Runner.  We appreciate this great industry support.  Special guest MC was Rebecca Latham, Secretary, New Mexico Department of Tourism!

Thanks to our chairwoman Joani Jones and committee!

Bowling Tournament

The Great Albuquerque Innkeepers Association holds a bowling tournament each year at the Santa Ana Casino bowling Lanes.This is a  fun event to bring the members together for good fellowship and competition. This year’s event was a great success, with 65 people entered in the tournament.  Congratulations to the winning team from our sponsor, Ben E. Keith Foods.  The Ben E. Keith team had a member that bowled a PERFECT 300 GAME!!!!  For you non-bowlers, this is spectacular!