First-Ever Hospitality Summit Kicks Off Series

First-Ever Hospitality Summit Kicks Off Series

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First-Ever Hospitality Summit Kicks Off Series to Connect Hospitality Professionals

SEATTLE (April 4, 2017) – The Washington Hospitality Association debuted its premier series of hospitality summits in Seattle on April 4.

To better connect local restaurant and hotel professionals by region, the association is hosting mini trade shows packed with expert speakers, trusted, trending vendors and networking opportunities in Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane.

“2016 has seen the birth of a new model to our industry and we are pioneering the way,” said Anthony Anton, CEO of the Washington Hospitality Association. “This Hospitality Summit is a chance for people to come and learn about the key things that are impacting our industry’s future. In new times, with new expectations, it’s time for us all to think differently and look at the future in a different way.”

Seattle’s summit was a lively, discussion-filled afternoon digging into the new realities of tipping, service charges, tourism, preventing human trafficking and the potential of statewide paid family leave. Hospitality pros bounced ideas off their peers and took home action items from expert advisers to implement in their business right away.

“I registered for the summit to learn more about upcoming city laws and policies that will impact my bottom line,” said Destiny Sund, owner of The Confectional in Seattle. “Being able to ask the tough questions with my peers is essential to innovating and keeping our doors open.”

The association will host subsequent summits on May 22 in Spokane and in June in Tacoma. Each will offer hand-picked speakers and topics tailored to that region.

To learn more about the summits and to register, visit


About the Washington Hospitality Association
Hospitality is the industry that serves. The Washington Hospitality Association has served its members and helped them succeed for eight decades. Our industry is the largest private employer in the state and our employees are our greatest asset. Local restaurants and hotels employ 268,000 people. These jobs are the backbone of our state economy. The hospitality industry generates $16 billion for our state in direct financial impact. Our industry pays more than $1 billion in B&O taxes and more than $5 billion in wages annually. The hospitality industry is key to the health of our state, the careers of our citizens and the vitality of our communities.

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