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5 New Travel Startups Helping Hotels Highlight Amenities

Many guests stay at hotels because of value and the amenities that they get. Hotels should be more helpful in guiding guests towards these amenities with, of course, a human touch. (Skift)

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How top fast-casual chains drive traffic

Financial advice firm Morningstar’s recent search for new restaurant industry investment ideas took it to the fast casual segment, and it discovered some good candidates while there. Along the way, it also found that fast-growing chains share similar traits—ones that any operator can adopt. (Restaurant Hospitality)

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Drive-Thru’s Wellness Window

As consumer demand increases for convenient, healthy meals, a new generation of eateries is serving the suburban market with a new kind of drive-thru. Pennsylvania-based Bryn + Dane’s is planning for half of its six planned Philadelphia locations to feature drive-thru windows, and Dallas-based Start: Real Food Fast has embraced drive-thrus from its inception to capitalize on a fast-paced customer lifestyle. (QSR)

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In Our View: ‘No’ on Initiative 1433

While being well-intentioned and possessing some strong selling points, Initiative 1433 to raise the minimum wage in Washington would be a big leap forward when more incremental steps are necessary. The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends a “no” vote on the statewide ballot measure. (The Columbian)

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Secure Scheduling Ordinance: Underscheduling and recording

On Sept. 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance into law. We’re rolling out bite-sized pieces in the coming weeks to get you up to

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Secure Scheduling Ordinance: Notice of work schedule changes

On Sept. 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance into law. We’re rolling out bite-sized pieces in the coming weeks to get you up to

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Employee tenure remains above pre-recession levels

Although median tenure of restaurant employees trended lower in recent years, it still remains above pre-recession levels, according to the NRA’s Chief Economist Bruce Grindy.

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Hotels join forces with popular fitness brands

Hotels are going beyond renovating their fitness centers to help their guests stay in shape while traveling. Increasingly, they are partnering with familiar fitness brands such as Barry’s Bootcamp and SoulCycle to ensure that travelers stay fit without compromising on their usual routine. (USA Today)

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Opinion: Restaurants can be part of an industry of opportunity

As a student of history both in vocation and recreation, I am a great believer in the concept of past as prologue. As the saying goes, those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Inside Politics: Statewide Minimum Wage Initiative

Should Washington raise the minimum wage statewide to 13.50 by 2020? That’s what voters will decide this fall, in one of the biggest and most talked about initiatives on the ballot this year. I-1433 would also expand paid sick leave for employees currently without it. (NWCN)

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Restaurants face slumping lunch sales

If your restaurant’s once-robust lunch business has fallen off of late, you’re not alone. Foodservice market researcher NPD Group reports that lunch visits industrywide are down four percent year over year. (The Restaurant Brokers)

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AWFUL: Progressive Politicians Are Managing Seattle’s Decline

As election season shifts into high gear the political hopefuls are promising ever more extravagant guarantees in an effort to win votes. Here on the West Coast politicians have completely thrown in the towel on civic responsibility and have chosen instead to focus on micromanaging the lives of their constituents. (Daily Surge)

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2016 Washington Lodging Convention Highlights

  Presented with Platinum Sponsor Click Here for Lodging Registration Click Here for Allied Registration PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS   The Future is Now: Working with and Selling to Millennials and Beyond Kevin

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Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport is selected as AH&LA Property of the Year.

      (May 19, 2016) Congratulations to WLA member Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport on being selected by the American Hotel & Lodging Association as its Outstanding Property of the Year,