Weekly Update: Hospitality Statistics Bluebook Released to Public

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 state’s largest employer segment – hospitality. The Bluebook is meant for stakeholders within the hospitality industry, business owners and policymakers. If you are an ambassador in the industry, in any way, this publication will arm you with statistics and data. Please note that the Bluebook’s first edition focuses on restaurants and foodservice. We are actively working with new and potential partners to integrate lodging, tourism and entertainment in the next edition. Each copy of the Hospitality Bluebook is $10. The price includes shipping and tax. Order here. For more information, email bluebook@wahospitality.org.

 

Paid Sick Leave Policy Amendments on Hold, Work Session Scheduled

Initiative 1433, which mandates paid sick and safe leave accrual for employees, was passed by voters in November. When the initiative is implemented in Jan. 2018, the City of Tacoma’s paid sick leave policy will no longer be relevant. The Tacoma City Council considered an amendment to the city’s policy that would align it with the state’s policy, which would have duplicated enforcement efforts. On Tuesday, Aug. 15, the council voted to put the amendment on hold with a work session that will be held on Aug. 29. For more information, contact Morgan Huether.

 

In Spokane, WA Hospitality Endorse Andy Dunau and Matthew Howes for City Council

The Spokane Chapter of the Washington Hospitality Association has endorsed Andy Dunau for Spokane City Council District 2 and Matthew Howes for District 3. These candidates care about helping the community grow and supporting local businesses, said Barbara Richardson, chapter co-chair and owner of several Spokane Valley Jimmy John’s. Both candidates have deep roots in Spokane and run their own businesses. Currently, Dunau serves as Executive Director of three non-profit organizations. During his time on the Spokane Park Board, he led efforts to tighten budgets and double infrastructure investments. Howe’s business, Adelo’s Pizza, has been part of the community landscape for almost 10 years. For more information, contact Morgan Huether.

 

*Correction* L&I Public Hearings on State Minimum Wage of $13.50 per Hour

Last week the minimum wage dollar amount was published incorrectly. I-1433 increases the minimum wage to $13.50 by 2020. The article below has been changed to reflect this. The Washington Hospitality Association has participated in stakeholder meetings on Initiative 1433 (increasing the minimum wage to $13.50 per hour by 2020) since January. You can read our summary of the proposed rules hereRulemaking is the process that agencies use to create and plan for the enforcement of new laws. The Legislature first sets broad policy mandates by passing bills, then agencies generate detailed regulations through rulemaking. Public hearings are being held on L&I’s rule-making process for I-1433. The hearings are being held in Everett, Aug. 29; Spokane, Nov. 8; and Tumwater, Nov. 9. For more information on this topic, contact Stephanie McManus.

 

Discuss Key Issues Impacting Your Business with Your Local Lawmakers!

Each year, the Hospitality Association Government Affairs team holds series of meetings. One will be near you. Join us for an opportunity to learn about what issues are on the horizon and how you can help. We will invite your local lawmakers to hear from you on topics ranging from the local economy, tourism, and new regulations. Share feedback on our draft issues matrix and legislative plan! We are your voice in Olympia and we hope to hear from you! Full agenda. Please RSVP to Zooie Arnold or call 360.956.7279. For a full list of all regional meeting locations click here.

 

FAST FACT: Did You Know? Washington Hotels Paid $864 Million in Wages in 2016.

 

EVENTS

Seattle Member Happy Hour: Support Scott Lindsay for City Attorney, Aug. 28

The Seattle hospitality community is hosting a happy hour in support of Scott Lindsay’s campaign for city attorney from 5-6:30 p.m., Aug. 28, at Terra Plata in Seattle. This will be a great opportunity to talk to Scott about his vision for the city attorney’s office. More details and RSVP here.

 

Support Education Foundation Through Golf FORE! Education Tournament, Sept. 19

This year the Washington Hospitality Education Foundation has celebrated many wins for Association membership and local hospitality communities. Understanding that workforce development was a key issue for restaurants and hotels across the state, the Education Foundation facilitated hiring events that brought key public and private partners together to create over 300 filled job positions in the third quarter of 2017. Additionally, the Education Foundation has provided more than $12,000 in scholarships to hospitality students for post-secondary education in 2017. Also, the Education Foundation continues to grow the state’s ProStart program in continuing efforts to develop our state’s future workforce. As the school year approaches, you can support the Education Foundation by taking advantage of the sponsorship opportunities we still have available. For more information on sponsorships contact Michele Holmes. We’ll see you there on Sept. 19, at Washington National Golf Course.

 

Attention Hoteliers: Don’t Miss this Year’s Washington Lodging Convention!

The Washington Lodging Convention has rounded out its program with an A-list of speakers and trainers who will help hoteliers navigate the disruptive forces facing the industry. From Greg Duff’s training on distribution disrupters to Glenn Haussman’s keynote on reinventing service in the new hospitality climate, it’s a program you can’t afford to miss. Learn more about the lineup and register here.

 

ASSOCIATION EXCLUSIVES

Two Minute Video: What you need to know

Don’t miss this great video recap of the news you need to know from the past week, including short-term rental developments in Walla Walla and Vancouver, paid sick leave in Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s annual rate increases.

 

Foodservices of America and Restaurant Rockstars on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s dineNW.com radio show, now online. Andy Cook kicks off the show with an interview with the business solutions team at Food Services of America Seattle. Paul Schlienz then joins Andy to chat with Roger Beaudoin, creator of Restaurant Rockstars.

 

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

Airbnb is on every hotelier’s mind. One of the main ways hotels are responding to Airbnb is by improving their technology. To meet ever growing guest expectations, 54 percent of hotels will spend more on technology this year. Hotels’ biggest priorities for technology spending, in order, are: payment security, guest room tech, bandwidth, and mobile engagement. Read more…

 

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