Lodging News: First Aid Classes, Tourism Marketing Bill
First Aid, CPR and AED training helps you meet state requirements
Did you know that all employers in Washington state are required to have first-aid trained personnel available on every shift if the business is not in near proximity to an infirmary, clinic or hospital? To help you comply with this law, the Washington Hospitality Association has developed a premiere First Aid and First Response training powered by Site Response. Our comprehensive course covers all the basics of First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in one engaging four-hour session. Completion of the course provides all necessary certifications to meet state requirements. Send individual employees for scheduled classes in your area or arrange for personalized instruction for 10 employees or more at your business.
Tourism marketing bill moves forward in Olympia
Tourism is critical to our industry and to our state’s economy as a whole yet Washington is the only state without a statewide tourism marketing program. The Washington Hospitality Association has been working to change that. Last summer we participated in a stakeholder group that helped write House Bill 1123 and its companion Senate Bill 5251. The bills establish a tourism marketing authority through the state that is funded two to one by private employers and the state. HB 1123 has moved out of policy committee and referred to House Appropriations Committee. View our State Government Affairs Manager Morgan Hickel’s testimony in support of HB 1123 here.
Q4 performance metrics show Washington ahead in Room Rev but behind in Occupancy and RevPar
The final STR numbers for 2016 show mixed results for Washington state when compared to national and Pacific averages. While Room Rev outperformed the national average in three out of four markets in Washington, the state flagged behind in both occupancy and RevPar in all markets. December 2016 results are below, provided by STR as a benefit of your association membership. For more detailed performance data for your area, contact STR at 615-824-8664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s not too late to advertise in this year’s Visitor’s Guide
We’re getting close to going to press with the sought-after 2017 Washington State Visitors’ Guide. Fortunately, advertising space is still available so you can still reach close to 1,000,000 this next travel season. To learn more or to reserve your space today, email Jeff Adams here.
Travel industry outlook is optimistic on consumer spending, suggests hoteliers pay attention to growth
Deloitte’s Travel and Hospitality Industry Outlook 2017 reports that economic fundamentals for consumer spending are solid going into the new year, giving travel companies a good reason to remain optimistic about demand for all types of trips. Its key takeaways include the recommendation that hoteliers should sustain growth as online private accommodation aggregators flood the marketplace with new inventory. Read more.
SHA’s Evening of Hope raises $700,000 to fight homelessness
Seattle hoteliers and friends turned out in force last Saturday for the Seattle Hotel Association’s 20th annual Evening of Hope. Together, they raised $700,000 for Mary’s Place, a non-profit providing food, shelter and services to people in need. Read more.
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Washington’s 2017 Legislative Session is well underway. If you’d like to follow closely along as the Association’s State GA team works to achieve our industry’s legislative goals, be sure to sign up for our weekly Hospitality Legislative News. Click here to sign up now. You can also join the Government Affairs Committee and participate in weekly conference calls that help guide the Association’s legislative efforts. Click here to learn more.