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The Washington Hospitality Association is the state’s leading hospitality trade group, representing more than 6,000 members of the hotel, restaurant and hospitality industry. The Washington Restaurant Association (established 1929) and the Washington Lodging Association (established 1920) joined forces in 2016 to create the Washington Hospitality Association which supports and advocates for restaurateurs, hoteliers and related hospitality industry professionals in the state capital and communities statewide.

Our mission

We Deliver Wins for the Hospitality Industry.

Our vision

Produce the Pre-Eminent Hospitality Climate in the World.

Solutions and training

Our Education Foundation provides Washington state’s hospitality community with educational, training and career development opportunities. Our programs focus on food safety, alcohol server training and professional development. We also play an integral role in supporting the future of skilled employees for the industry. Our vocational culinary arts program, ProStart, is supported in more than 50 high schools throughout Washington state. Visit our Training and Education section.

Industry news, information and resources

The information and resources available through the WA Hospitality is vast. We publish a monthly news magazine, Washington Hospitality Magazine, provide online daily industry news, weekly emails and our Handbook for Excellent Restaurant Operations is regarded highly among restaurateurs. We also manage a network of consultants that are the industry’s best in class and as well as promote restaurants and hotels through our weekly radio show, Dine NW.

Cost-saving programs

Restaurateurs and hoteliers work on tight profit margins and any assistance helping their bottom line is welcome. We have developed a rigorous process to find reputable companies, leverage your numbers to negotiate pricing on your behalf. We offer a host of business assistance programs, such as a workers’ compensation program, health insurance and other money saving resources. Learn how you can take advantage of cost savings through our Wise Buy program.