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DEHOGA – Branchenverband für Hotel- und Gastgewerbe

DEHOGA – industry association for the hotel and hospitality industry

The abbreviation DEHOGA stands for the German Hotel and Restaurant Association, which represents the interests of hotels and restaurants.

The name DEHOGA has long been a household name in the hospitality and hotel industry. The abbreviation stands for the German Hotel and Restaurant Association, which was founded in 1949. The headquarters of the federal association is in Berlin, whereby DEHOGA is divided into 17 state associations. DEHOGA's task is to represent the interests of the hotel and catering industry and to assert claims against politicians. Sustainability and environmental protection play an increasingly important role in this regard, as the article shows.

What is DEHOGA?

DEHOGA is the German Hotel and Restaurant Association, also known as the DEHOGA Federal Association, with its headquarters in Berlin. This is an association that represents the interests of the hotel and hospitality industry throughout Germany. Contact persons are the 17 state associations, which are based in each federal state.

In order to represent the interests of the hospitality and hotel industry, DEHOGA offers, for example, competent legal and business advice. Even start-ups receive comprehensive advice. The tasks of the German industry association are extremely diverse. These include, for example, the demand for higher wages, more flexible working hours and lower broadcasting fees.

For example, the German Hotel and Restaurant Association has contributed to ensuring that surcharges on public holidays, Sundays and nights continue to apply. Tips have not yet been taxed, and the federal association was also able to prevent the original GEMA tariff reform from being reintroduced.

In addition, the German Hotel and Restaurant Association takes care of many other interests of hotels and restaurants in order to improve business success. In addition to the collective bargaining policy, the industry association is also committed to securing jobs, tax advantages and the training and further education of employees . The political security of the hotel and hospitality industry is the focus of the work.

Who is DEHOGA intended for?

DEHOGA is aimed at the hotel and catering industry, which is still part of the growing service industry and an important part of tourism. These include above all hotels, restaurants, gastronomy and catering providers. The German Hotel and Restaurant Association wants to create optimal working and general conditions for these companies. The DEHOGA is, so to speak, the "mouthpiece" of the hospitality and hotel industry in order to assert and consistently enforce certain demands from politicians.

DEHOGA was founded on December 6, 1949, when many restaurants and hotels had to accept severe restrictions and hardships in the post-war period and were dependent on help during the reconstruction period. At that time, DEHOGA's headquarters were still in Frankfurt am Main, before the federal association split into many small state associations and relocated its headquarters to Berlin.

How can you become a member of DEHOGA?

In principle, any company can become a member of DEHOGA. Registration can be done very easily on the website of the industry association, with the participating companies filling out a form and sending it to the regional association of the respective federal state.

In principle, all companies in the hospitality and hotel industry can take part. These include:

  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • inns
  • pensions
  • catering company
  • station gastronomy
  • bars
  • nightclubs
  • ice cream parlors
  • highway rest stops

Incidentally, even business founders who want to benefit from the advantages of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association can become members. For example, members are provided with up-to-date information from the industry and many opportunities for further education and training, and they can also take advantage of other benefits.

In this way, companies can find out how they can save costs as part of legal and operational advice . These include, for example

  • GEMA fees,
  • Electricity costs,
  • internet costs
  • credit cards
  • car leasing

Furthermore, members can access specialist books, publications, brochures and guides from the industry association, which they can purchase either at a low price or even free of charge.

What service does DEHOGA offer?

In addition to the offers already presented, the German industry association offers many other services to strengthen the hospitality and hotel industry not only now but also in the future and to make it easier for guests to choose. The German Hotel and Restaurant Association carries out a classification of hotels to ensure more transparency. Participation is always on a voluntary basis, with more than 8,000 hotels already taking part in the classification.

The environmental factor also plays an increasingly important role. For this reason, the industry association created the environmental check to support the sustainability of companies. Sustainability is an important topic that is also important at many trade fairs and events. DEHOGA gives many companies the opportunity to present themselves and their innovative ideas profitably and to exchange ideas with other partners from the industry.

The DEHOGA Industry Day , which takes place every two years in Berlin, is also a must for many companies. Here you can get a lot of information about the current development in the industry and also have the opportunity to exchange ideas with like-minded people and make new contacts.

What are the tasks of DEHOGA?

DEHOGA sees itself as an entrepreneurial and professional organization that advocates for the rights and social and economic interests of the hospitality and hotel industry in order to ensure the financial success and jobs of companies in the future. The DEHOGA takes a close look at many different areas, for example

  • Steer,
  • legal issues
  • tariff policy,
  • Labour market,
  • copyright and
  • Environmental Protection.

In addition to comprehensive legal and business advice for existing members and business founders - combined with numerous guides and brochures at reasonable prices - companies from the hotel and hospitality industry can benefit from other inexpensive services, for example in terms of leasing, office supplies, software and marketing Save money and contribute to better profitability and greater awareness of your company.

Through the industry association, existing members can, for example, qualify for the hotel guide or the hotel classification in Germany and thus increase the level of awareness of their company. Trade fairs , which are supported by the German Hotel and Restaurant Association, are also an excellent opportunity to present yourself to the public and to make new contacts.

Why sustainability is becoming more important in the hospitality industry

As already mentioned in the article, environmental and climate protection are becoming increasingly important. Many guests – by the way, this includes not only companies, but also many private individuals, are committed to more sustainability and of course want to maintain their principles in hotels and restaurants.

As part of an energy campaign, DEHOGA is campaigning for the environment by supporting companies in reducing energy consumption in order to minimize costs in the long term and thereby support environmental protection. Furthermore, the German Hotel and Restaurant Association is committed to committed companies that operate sustainably and decide to use environmentally friendly and creative alternatives. Particularly committed companies are awarded the so-called sustainability prize every year.

Many catering establishments are already using Wisefood's sustainable product range to set an example in terms of sustainability and environmental protection.

Wisefood products for wholesale and gastronomy

As a producer of sustainable products that can help reduce plastic consumption, Wisefood has become an important contact for many gastronomic companies. The reason: More and more guests attach great importance to sustainability, which is why the German Hotel and Restaurant Association is increasingly supporting sustainable companies.

Eco-friendly products can be an asset to any business because they can not only help reduce plastic and waste , but also lower operating expenses . The young company already supplies many catering establishments with sustainable plastic alternatives, and Wisefood is also an important supplier for wholesalers (B2B).

Which Wisefood products are there for the hotel and catering industry?

Sustainable products are finding more and more approval, especially in the gastronomic sector. For this reason, Wisefood offers its Wiseware products in large quantities to provide both wholesalers and hotels, restaurants, catering companies and cafés with sustainable alternatives.

Edible drinking straws from Wisefood

One of the most popular Wisefood products that are offered in large quantities are the edible straws . They are suitable for drinking not only in restaurants, but also in bars and cafes. After use, guests can eat the straws. As a zero-waste product, the straws do not cause any waste and are therefore an excellent alternative to conventional plastic straws.

Edible waffle cups and waffle cones

Also available in large quantities are the edible Wiseware waffle cups and waffle cones , which can not only be filled with ice cream but also used to prepare muffins. The Wisefood products are particularly suitable for ice cream parlors, but they can also be used in other gastronomic areas that attach great importance to sustainable products.

Sustainable plates made from sugar cane

Since DEHOGA supports sustainable thinking in the gastronomic sector, more and more companies want to use environmentally friendly products. Many companies, including catering companies, snack bars, motorway service stations, restaurants and cafés, are still dependent on disposable products today.

Here, too, Wisefood has found an environmentally friendly alternative with the Wiseware plates made from sugar cane . With this tableware, sugar cane fibers are processed into stable disposable plates that are suitable for cold and hot dishes and can be easily composted after use. They are also easy to stack, even in large quantities, which is why many companies use them for larger events.

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    Conclusion: DEHOGA as a contact for hotels and gastronomy

    Especially when it comes to the interests of hotels and restaurants, DEHOGA can be an important support. The association is committed to the interests of companies and employees who are often disadvantaged. For example, the DEHOGA helps to ensure that demands are made against politicians, and the level of awareness of companies can also be promoted through the various classifications and trade fairs. 

    questions and answers

    What is DEHOGA?

    DEHOGA is the abbreviation for the German Hotel and Restaurant Association, which is committed to the interests of hotels and restaurants.

    Who is DEHOGA aimed at?

    The DEHOGA is an important contact for hotels, cafés, restaurants, catering companies and other service providers, such as discotheques, guesthouses or motorway service stations.

    Is it worth becoming a member of DEHOGA?

    Yes. Members can take advantage of many benefits, such as extensive advice, legal aid, participation in trade fairs and events, and perks (office supplies, leasing, internet).

    What are the tasks of DEHOGA?

    The range of tasks is broad. The work includes, for example, the labor market and collective bargaining policy, and the association is also committed to more sustainability.

    What role do Wisefood products play?

    Every year, DEHOGA awards the most innovative ideas with the sustainability prize. Sustainability starts with eating and drinking, which is why more and more companies rely on the sustainable Wiseware products from Wisefood.


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