Support Education Foundation Through Golf FORE! Education Tournament, September 11

Support Education Foundation Through Golf FORE! Education Tournament, September 11

Support Education Foundation Through Golf FORE! Education Tournament, September 11

This year the Washington Hospitality Education Foundation has celebrated many wins for Association membership and local hospitality communities. Understanding that workforce development was a key issue for restaurants and hotels across the state, the Education Foundation facilitated hiring events that brought key public and private partners together to create over 300 filled job positions in the third quarter of 2017.  Additionally, the Education Foundation has provided more than $12, 000 in scholarships to hospitality students for post-secondary education in 2017.  Also, the Education Foundation continues to grow the state’s ProStart program in continuing efforts to develop our state’s future workforce.  As the school year approaches, you can support the Education Foundation by registering for the Golf FORE! Education Golf Tournament on September 11, at Washington National Golf Course.

L&I Rule-making to Include Public Hearings on State Minimum Wage, August 16-29

The Washington Hospitality Association has been participating in stakeholder meetings on Initiative 1433 (increasing the minimum wage to $13.50 per hour by 2020 ) since Jan. You can read our summary of the proposed rules here. Rule-making is the process that agencies use to create, and plan for the enforcement of, new laws. The legislature first sets broad policy mandates by passing bills, then agencies generate detailed regulations through rule-making. Public hearings are being held on L&I’s rule-making process for I-1433. The hearings are being held through August 29 in Spokane, Pasco and Everett. For more information on this topic, contact

Short-Term Rental Ordinance Passes in Walla Walla

The Walla Walla City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday, regulating owner-occupied short-term rentals. The policy established a licensing process for short-term rentals, which will require owners to pay necessary lodging taxes and licensure fee and undergo annual inspections. Owners will also be required to provide an additional off-street parking space.

The council also included an amendment in the ordinance that defines “owner-operated” short-term rentals as being occupied by owners for at least 275 days per year.  The policy comes as the first of a two-part plan to better regulate short-term rentals in Walla Walla. The second phase of the plan will focus on non-owner-operated short-term rentals. For more information, contact Morgan Huether.


New Short-Term Rental Ordinance in Vancouver

The Vancouver City Council passed an ordinance to update its accessory dwelling unit policy at a council meeting on Monday.  The ordinance removes owner occupancy requirements and parking requirements. It also relaxes design and square footage requirements. The policy does not exclude or define short-term rentals. The council does not anticipate this will affect the short-term rental market in the city. For more information, contact Morgan Huether.


Pierce County Health Department Rates to Increase

The Tacoma – Pierce County Health Department intends to increase rates again this year. In previous years, increases have been 3 to 6 percent. The Washington Hospitality Association government affairs team has been involved with negotiations and hopes to keep increases manageable for member businesses. For more information, contact Morgan Huether.



Attention Hoteliers: Don’t Miss this Year’s Washington Lodging Convention!

The Washington Lodging Convention has rounded out its program with an A-list of speakers and trainers who will help hoteliers navigate the disruptive forces facing the industry. From Greg Duff’s training on distribution disrupters to Glenn Haussman’s keynote on reinventing service in the new hospitality climate, it’s a program you can’t afford to miss. Learn more about the lineup and register here.



Two Minute Video: News You Need to Know

Don’t miss this great video recap of the news you need to know. This week we focus on the primary elections in Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma


Food Services of America and the Grocerant Guru on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook kicks off the show with an interview with the business solutions team at Food Services of America. Paul Schlienz then joins Andy to chat with Steven Johnson, the Grocerant Guru with Food Service Solutions.


Eye on Hospitality: What Washington’s New Distracted Driving Bill Is – and Isn’t

Distracted driving. No one denies it’s a problem, but a bill passed by the Washington State Legislature earlier this year raised many concerns about its scope.

While few people would object to people receiving tickets for doing things like driving while texting, quick service restaurants with drive-thrus are worried that the food or drink they serve drivers may be prohibited under the new law. Read more…



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