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Seeking your input on our 2018 legislative priorities Each year, Washington Hospitality’s Government Affairs team holds a series of meetings around the state to gather members’ input on priority issues

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Government Affairs Meetings Near You

Discuss Key Issues Impacting your Business with Your Local Lawmakers! Each year, the Hospitality Association Government Affairs (GA) team holds series of meetings around the state (see the locations below).

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Extended-stay hotels use F&B to make guests feel at home

Giving guests a way to continue their routines while on the road is a trend throughout the hotel industry these days, from TVs that allow guests to stream their own content to fitness centers that allow them to work out as usual. This trend is continuing in the food-and-beverage arena, where extended-stay brands are actively helping guests feel more at home while traveling. (Hotel Management)

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More chains commit to antibiotic-free chicken: survey

The nation’s top restaurant chains are making progress in reducing the use of antibiotics in the chicken they serve, but they are lagging when it comes to beef and pork — and there’s still a long way to go, according to an annual report released Tuesday by a coalition of environmental advocacy groups. Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread once again were the only chains surveyed to earn an “A” grade for having comprehensive policies restricting the use of antibiotics in nearly all meat served in their restaurants, according to the Chain Reaction III report, produced by Consumers Union, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Friends of the Earth, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Center for Food Safety. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Report: Cannabis users high on McDonald’s

Mary Jane users are lovin’ it. Buyers of legal marijuana overwhelmingly choose McDonald’s Corp. as their top pick when they go to a fast-food joint, according to a new study by the cannabis financial website Green Market Report and Consumer Research Around Cannabis. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Cookies get their due on dessert menus

The humble perception of cookies means diners and chefs often don’t think of them as special enough for restaurant dessert menus. But more chefs are giving cookies their due by serving up tasty takes, often with glass of cold milk or supersized for sharing. (Restaurant Hospitality)

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Weekly Update: Our 2017 Legislative Heroes

Hospitality Association Announces 2017 Legislative Heroes Annually, the Washington Hospitality Association recognizes lawmakers who are true champions of the hospitality industry’s priorities. “The legislators we’ve chosen this year fight for

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Eye on Hospitality: Hotels and Restaurants Plan for Disasters, Serve Their Communities

By Paul Schlienz   Service is what the hospitality industry is all about. Whether it’s providing incredible service to a hotel guest or making a visit to a restaurant a

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Hotels respond to series of hurricanes

Days before Hurricane Irma was set to hit Florida, hoteliers put their emergency preparation plans into action. They knew they would have stranded hotel guests and residents fleeing the path of the storm. (USA Today)

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Fast-food CEO says Amazon is a growing threat to his industry

Even the fast-food industry isn’t safe from the threat of Amazon. “Amazon is going to try and figure out … how to use their customer engagement, customer knowledge, and distributions to encroach on anyone’s business they can,” Sonic CEO Cliff Hudson told Business Insider. (Business Insider)

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Debate around emotional support animals intensifies

BOSTON – They’re at tables in local restaurants and may be sitting next to you on planes. Emotional support dogs, ponies and even ducks are showing up more and more. (CBS 47)

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The Republican Tax Reform Plan: Everything You Need to Know

The White House and congressional Republicans just released their long-anticipated framework for tax reform, and there are many significant changes for both corporations and individuals contained in the nine-page document . Here’s a rundown of the major changes that Americans should know about as the tax reform process gets underway. (Nasdaq)

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Goodnight room: Hotels and resorts put focus on sleep

It’s been a year since Six Senses Resorts introduced a package designed to help guests sleep better, though it could be argued that Six Senses all but ensured that its guests would sleep well by making them travel through multiple time zones to get to the brand’s often remote locations. Then again, getting a good night’s sleep with severe jet lag is no easy task. (Travel Weekly)

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A Restaurant’s Survival Guide to Natural Disasters

The news has been hard to miss lately. Four major hurricanes hurtled toward American shores, knocking out power, flooding buildings, and ruining lives and businesses in one fell swoop. (FSR)

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Seafood steps up to the bar

Seafood at the bar has long been about simple, indulgent pleasures of the sea — think raw oysters, chilled jumbo shrimp and steamed Alaskan King crab legs. But the experience can also be complex and creative, as evidenced by the many chefs currently offering innovative bar bites that riff on seafood favorites. (Nation’s Restaurant News)