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Weekly Update: Pierce County Hiring Event a Big Success

Pierce County Hiring Event a Big Success Today was a big day for hospitality employers and job-seekers in Pierce County. Washington Hospitality Association’s Hiring Event connected Pierce County citizens with

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Eye on Hospitality: GDPR – What It is and How It Affects Hospitality

By Paul Schlienz   Washington hospitality businesses that serve European customers need to follow a new data protection law. It’s not often that a European law directly affects massive numbers

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Hotel CEO Views on Homesharing and 7 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

This week in hospitality, the industry approaches a moment of truth: How can hotels hate and also participate in short-term rentals? Another long-term challenge: mastering sustainable practices. (Skift)

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How sustainability trends are changing the way restaurants do business

While some might consider it a passing trend, sustainability is quickly becoming an integral part of today’s restaurant business. From nixing styrofoam cups and plastic straws to buying ingredients from sustainable sources and reducing waste, restaurants have been busy finding ways to keep the environment at the forefront of operations. (SmartBrief)

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The pros and cons of tableside service

It’s hard to walk through a fine restaurant these days without jumping out of the way of a rolling cart. Dining rooms across the country have taken to presenting food to guests as if servers had magnets attached to their jackets pulling them to tables. (Bloomberg)

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McDonald’s tests breakfast catering

Two months after Dunkin’ Donuts launched a catering test in four states, McDonald’s is following suit with a similar program in Central Florida. But, don’t expect bundled Big Macs at the office. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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An inside look at AAA’s Diamond rating system in hotels

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – AAA considers its diamond rating system the most prestigious system for evaluating hotels. “We’re the only organization in the world that uses the diamond designation,” said AAA’s Clay Ingram. (12 WSFA)

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MOVEMENT BUILDS IN RESTAURANTS TO DROP PLASTIC STRAWS

Environmentalists’ complaints about plastic drinking straws are finding a receptive audience in lawmakers and restaurateurs, fostering a changeover that’s already at warp speed in international markets. Restaurants are dropping the nondegradable versions both voluntarily and under threat of sanction. (Restaurant Business)

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RESTAURANT BRANDS SHOULD CONSIDER THEIR RESTROOM POLICIES, EXPERTS SAY

Every operator should have a policy surrounding restroom use by those who enter their stores, experts say. But nobody wants to talk about it. (Restaurant Business)

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5 food trends that will shake up your summer

It seems like so many trend articles come out at the beginning of the year, but the next big things rarely wait until New Year’s Eve to make an appearance. Datassential’s always-on-the-cutting-edge trendologist Mike Kostyo shared what he has seen, heard and tasted…trends you should have on your radar sooner rather than later. (Restaurant Hospitality)

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Two Minute Video: What you need to know 5/29/18

Seattle City Council votes unanimously on jobs tax; Hospitality Week in Tacoma and Hospitality Month for Washington state; Pierce County hiring event.

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Are microstays at hotels and gyms the new face of business travel?

In an era where flexibility is key and people are travelling globally for business more than ever, the world of microstays seems like a fresh new option. Microstays of several hours at a time are now available at hotels, airports and leisure centres, and we spoke to two companies who are at the forefront of this exciting new concept, in the accommodation and wellness fields, respectively. (Lonely Planet)

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How a trade war could impact food prices

With talk of a trade war swirling, investment banking firm Jefferies asked what the potential effects on food costs could be. While restaurants shouldn’t expect significant changes in 2018 as a result of trade-war talk, gross-margin percentage in 2019 could see a tailwind. (Restaurant Hospitality)

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Foodservice in retail adapts to consumer demands

Americans eat all day long — grabbing snacks on the go, having food delivered to their homes and workplaces, responding to changing technology and the increased availability of fast, customizable meals with increasing fickleness and growing demand for speed. No wonder foodservice in retail is growing faster than both retail and foodservice. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Kruse/Thorn: NRA Show puts innovative food on display

“Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” It was one of my least favorite parental I-told-you-so’s, Bret, which my mother intoned without fail whenever I overindulged. (Nation’s Restaurant News)