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State’s Hoteliers and Restaurateurs Launch New Washington Hospitality Association

Washington restaurant, lodging groups merge into unified association representing the united hospitality industry.

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September 30: Flat Panel Antitrust Deadline Extended

The Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) and Washington Lodging Association (WLA) is working with Class Action Capital, a market leader in class action settlement claim management. Class Action Capital is already

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President’s Column: Facing a Fork in the Road

Every so often, leaders and communities arrive at a difficult fork in the road that will define the path forward for decades to come.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Restaurants and Hotels Stronger Together

Today, in 2016, the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) and Washington Lodging Association (WLA) have realized they, too, as a united hospitality association, will be much stronger together than apart.

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State’s Top Hospitality Associations Become One

Today, the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) and the Washington Lodging Association (WLA) finalized a partnership that will lead to the creation of one of the state’s largest trade associations. On

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Associations donate nearly 3000 items to help feed the community

This week the Washington Restaurant and Lodging Associations have collected nearly 3,000 items for the local Thurston County food bank. The food bank is a greatly needed community resource. According

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Hospitality – It’s What Unites Us

I have spent the better part of the past year getting to know and bringing together the leaders of the hotel industry with the leaders of the restaurant industry. I have learned that hospitality, the service of others, unites us. On grand levels and local levels, our industry is about people. Lawmaking is the same; at its foundation it is about serving the public.

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Weekly Update: Congratulations, 2016 ProStart® Invitational winners!

Fifteen culinary and seven management teams from across Washington competed in the Boyd’s Coffee® ProStart Invitational this past weekend. This is an annual event that brings hundreds of students and restaurateurs together.

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Weekly Update: Shakeup in Gov. Inslee’s Cabinet – How will it affect this session?

On February 5, in a move that surprised Democrats and Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration, the Senate voted to reject the appointment of Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson.

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Spokane Chapter Gala Award Recipients

The annual Washington Restaurant Association “Celebrating Community” Spokane Chapter Awards Gala took place Tuesday, February 8, 2016 at The Lincoln Center. The evening was filled with members from the hospitality industry

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Seven buzzes for hotels

You might call it the best and the worst of times to be a lodging owner or operator here in Washington.

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Washington Restaurant Weekly: WRA overhauls website, optimized as your primary source of information

WRA recently unveiled its new website, including improved search capabilities and mobile optimization. The goal for the updates is to make it easy for members to find what they are looking for as quickly as possible.

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Hot Off the Grill: Election Edition

The 2015 election cycle turned out to be very busy for the Washington Restaurant and Washington Lodging Associations. The hospitality industry (WRA & WLA) played a part in many races

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Washington Restaurant, Lodging Associations announce joint operating agreement

“By joining forces, we now have an expanded government affairs team that is increasing our influence and effectively addressing the challenges facing our industry at both the state and local level,” said Anton.

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Weekly Update: WRA honors Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber

This week, the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) honored Tom Pierson, president and CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber for his leadership of the chamber and their strong partnership during 2015.