Washington Lodging Convention

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NOVEMBER 6 – 8, 2016





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Presented with Platinum Sponsor

Join fellow hoteliers and lodging professionals at Washington’s premier lodging event.  This year’s focus is on the trends, talent and technology shaping tourism and our industry. You’ll connect with your peers and gain information and training you need to stay ahead of the curve. Plus, you’ll find one-stop shopping for your property at the state’s best lodging trade show.



Convention Itinerary – Subject to change


The Future is Now: Working with and Selling to Millennials and Beyond
Kevin Paul Scott, author and co-founder of ADDO Worldwide
These days, business means more than just products and services, and lodging establishments must do more than sell room nights. Both your customers and your employees, particularly Millennials and their younger peers, increasingly want your business to stand for something. No one knows this better than Kevin Paul Scott. He has spoken around the world and helps leaders up the meaning quotient in their businesses so that employees and customers alike champion the business as if it were their own.

State and Local Government Affairs Trends Around the Country
Troy Flanagan, vice president of state and local government affairs, American Hotel & Lodging Association
AH&LA’s Troy Flanagan will provide an overview of the top public policy trends facing the hotel industry. From union-backed workplace mandates, to deceptive hotel booking sites and the rise of unregulated commercial lodging taking place on short-term rental platforms, Troy will illustrate the critical issues on which AH&LA is focused and discuss steps being taken to ensure a fair marketplace for hoteliers.

State of the Industry: STR Hotel Industry Performance Overview
Valerie Wood, Director of Business Development, Hotels – STR
Review of the performance for the state of Washington and select markets within the state, including a look at changes in supply and demand, ADR, Occupancies and RevPAR. We’ll also look at what’s to come in the hotel construction pipeline and STR’s 2017 forecast for the U.S. hotel industry.

When Disaster Strikes: What Hoteliers Should Know and Do to Keep Guests and Employees Safe during a Man-made or Natural Disaster
Panel Facilitator: Jenn Houtby-Ferguson, Chief Strategist at Twist Consulting
In today’s changing world, managing risk is a key competency for the lodging industry. From natural disasters to terrorism, accommodation providers must understand their responsibilities and roles in preparing for and responding to a crisis. Do you have an effective emergency response plan? What questions should you ask when hosting an event at your property? Be prepared, not scared. This eye-opening panel discussion is a must for all hospitality professionals. With Kevin Miller, Davenport Hotel’s director of corporate security who has 28 years of leadership experience in the U.S. Secret Service and CIA, and Frank Sebastian, who heads the emergency management for Seattle’s month-long Seafair festival.



Moderator: Irv Sandman, attorney and industry counselor, Sandman Savrann
A valued tradition at WLA’s Annual Convention, the Owner and Management Company Forum returns with Yogi Hutsen, president & CEO of Coastal Hotel Group; Shaiza Damji, managing director of 360° Hotel Group; Murray Dow, II, president and CEO of The Dow Hotel Company; and Jeff McKee, co-founder and managing director of Premier Capital Associates. Attorney Irv Sandman, who has led the forum since it was started in 2009, will moderate the conversation with industry leaders about the challenges, opportunities, and strategies impacting hotel portfolios. Irv, a recognized authority on hotel law and the hotel industry, is editor-in-chief of the Washington State Hospitality Law Manual, Third Edition, and is co-founder of the Northwest Hotel Investment Forum.

Inhospitable to Human Trafficking: Hotel Safety and Security Training
Mar Brettmann, PhD, executive director, Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking
Sandip Soli, attorney, Real Property Law Group, PLLC
Sex trafficking impacts all types of lodging properties from economy hotels in small towns to luxury hotels in the heart of downtown. The crime not only harms victims, but poses serious safety risks to hotel guests and employees, and can expose owners to legal and financial liabilities. This session will teach owners and managers how to proactively prevent this crime and recognize it when it does occur. Owners and managers will also learn how to transfer this important information to their employees using BEST’s new online training platform. Session attendees will receive free training collateral for their employees, including trafficking indicator cards, posters and victim service cards.

What National Employment Law Trends Mean for Washington hoteliers
Andria Lure Ryan, attorney and partner, Fisher Phillips
From the dramatic increase in the salary threshold for overtime exemptions to the expansion of the joint employer standard, the U.S. Department of Labor has been introducing far-reaching changes to federal labor and employment law, all with the potential to seriously impact your business. Andria Lure Ryan will help you stay on top of these critical changes. A nationally recognized employment law expert, she’ll review what trends in federal and state employment law mean for Washington hospitality employers and managers.