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Eye on Hospitality: Hotels Targeted by Patent Trolls

One of the less than pleasant aspects of doing business today is dealing with patent trolls. Patent trolls produce nothing, but buy up vague patents and attempt to enforce their rights against accused infringers far beyond the patent’s actual value or contribution through hardball legal tactics. The hospitality industry, unfortunately, is very familiar with these bottom dwellers because many of our members have been their victims.

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The Future is Bright: Chief Sealth HS Gives Students an Early Start in Hospitality

You can see it on their faces. Thanks to an introduction to hospitality and tourism in high school, these savvy, motivated teens and twenty-somethings are on their way to a bright future in the hospitality industry.

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In Search of the Best: Making Recruitment and Onboarding Work for You

As any Washington hospitality business owner or operator will tell you, finding and keeping great employees is not nearly as simple as it used to be. On top of the tight labor market in our state, the sharp rise in the minimum wage and other new labor costs make the productivity of each and every employee more important than ever. 

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Weekly Update: Cybercriminals Targeting Restaurants and Hotels – Don’t Be a Victim!

Cybercriminals Targeting Restaurants and Hotels – Don’t Be a Victim! On Tuesday, Aug. 29, the Washington Hospitality Association met with representatives of the Seattle Office of Federal Bureau of Inspection

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Texas Hospitality Sets Up Hurricane Relief Site

Hurricane Harvey made landfall Friday, August 25 with its bands of thunderstorms pounding the southeastern portion of Texas – hitting Houston and the surrounding coastline. Only in recent hours has the rain

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Hospitality Superhero! (Are you One of Them?)

by David Faro In a surprise twist, the Washington Hospitality Credit Card Processing Program has not only saved Association members thousands and thousands of dollars, but it has also generated

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Spotlight SPOKANE: Increase Efficiency (Maximize Savings)

One of the great benefits of membership with Washington Hospitality is the Allied membership Community. Using energy efficiently is a sound business practice that improves profitability, reduces greenhouse gas emissions,

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2018 Federal Per Diem Rates Go into Effect Oct. 1

The 2018 federal per diem rates recently released by the General Services Administration are a mixed bag for Washington hotels. Federal per diem rates establish the maximum amount government travelers

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Weekly Update: Hospitality Statistics Bluebook Released to Public

Washington Hospitality Bluebook Released to Public The new Washington Hospitality Bluebook is meant to take competitiveness benchmarks and statistics to the next level by directly applying this information to the

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Eye on Hospitality: Hotels Upping Their Tech Game to Beat Airbnb

By Paul Schlienz   Airbnb is on every hotelier’s mind. And for good reason. For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention, Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service. It

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Weekly Update: Paid Sick and Safe Leave Policy Amendment Put on Hold in Tacoma

Victory for Employers: Paid Sick and Safe Leave Policy Amendment Put on Hold in Tacoma In November, Washington voters passed Initiative 1433, mandating paid sick and safe leave accrual for

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Support Education Foundation Through Golf FORE! Education Tournament, September 19

Support Education Foundation Through Golf FORE! Education Tournament, September 19 This year the Washington Hospitality Education Foundation has celebrated many wins for Association membership and local hospitality communities. Understanding that

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Health Care in 2018?

It happened again. The senate rejected another effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. No one really knows though if the battle to repeal is over for good,

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Weekly Update: Jenny Durkan Leads in Seattle Mayoral Primary – Big Win for Hospitality Industry!

Jenny Durkan Leads in Seattle Mayoral Primary – Big Win for Hospitality Industry! The Seattle restaurant and hotel political arm, Seattle Hospitality for Progress, endorsed Jenny Durkan for mayor and

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LODGING NEWSLETTER: House introduces joint employer bill | Paid family leave passes | STR reports | Primary elections

Be sure to vote in next week’s primary election!  Ballots must be postmarked or dropped off by Tuesday, August 1. Local elections are increasingly important for our industry, and your