Specialties As the official trade group of the foodservice, lodging, restaurant, and tourism industries, the mission of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association is to advocate for and to develop and provide programs, services, support and education to members of the hospitality industry. History Established in 1982 The Rhode Island Hospitality Association (RIHA) was formed in 1982 with the merger of the Rhode Island Restaurant Association and the Rhode Island Hotel Association. The Rhode Island Hospitality Association has been the voice of the hospitality and foodservice industries in the state with over 600 foodservice and hospitality members in Rhode Island alone. The competitive business environment of the 21st century places many obstacles in front of the average business owner. The challenges of this fast-paced business society consumes the time and resources of most hospitality and foodservice owners. We at RIHA are committed to providing the vision, leadership, legislative support, and educational resources to business owners and managers as well as providing the competitive edge required in today’s ever-changing economy.