Weekly Update: Big Victory for Hospitality Industry – Debit Card Swipe-Fee Protections Survive in House

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Big Victory for Hospitality Industry: Debit Card Swipe-Fee Protections Survive in House

A strong campaign by the hospitality industry against repealing debit swipe-fee protections under the Durbin Amendment is succeeding. The U.S. House Financial Services Committee revised the Financial CHOICE Act to remove language that would have ended these protections. The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on the revised legislation as soon as the week of June 5. We are closely monitoring this legislation as it moves through the House and Senate. To see how the hospitality industry is effectively influencing Congress and the White House, watch this video with National Restaurant Association President Dawn Sweeney. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.


Seattle I-124 Decision Coming June 9

King County Superior Court will deliver its ruling on whether hotel worker Initiative 124 is legal at 3 p.m. on June 9 (to be accompanied by a written decision as well). Our Seattle Government Affairs Team will attend and provide an update. Questions? Contact Jillian Henze.


Bed Bugs: Learn What to Do

The common bed bug has long been a pest. Although these bugs are called “bed bugs” they are not exclusively found in beds. They travel on people. People can pick up the bugs while traveling, in a dressing room, on an airline and any other places the bugs burrow and stay dormant for a period of time. Our members should be vigilant and take every precaution to protect guests from bed bugs. Hotel housekeepers and staff should be trained to regularly do spot checks. There are many resources for training staff like the Bed Bug Toolkit provided by EcoLab. Read more…



Register for Seattle Hotel Association’s Golf Tourney, June 6

The Seattle Hotel Association’s annual golf tournament is at 12 p.m. on June 6 at The Golf Club at Newcastle. Proceeds will benefit Chief Sealth International High School’s Academy of Hospitality & Tourism. This year, the Association is partnering with Visit Seattle to support this great cause. Register now. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.


Spokane Chapter Golf Tournament, June 6

You won’t want to miss the Spokane Chapter Golf Tournament on June 6, at Wandermere Golf Course. Afternoon Shotgun starts 1 p.m. Registration opens at 11 a.m. Registration is $105 per person. Register here for players and sponsorships. Questions? Contact Robyn@RedLetterEventPlanning.com or 208.244.0601.


Tacoma-Pierce County Hospitality Summit, June 12 – Register Now!

Come join us on June 12, from 12:30 to 5 p.m., at the Hotel Murano, for our first ever Tacoma-Pierce County Hospitality Summit. Here you will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts, talk shop with the Health Department, explore ideas on how to reinvent your business model, get an industry update from the Hospitality Association’s own CEO, Anthony Anton, and last, but not least, you will have the opportunity to network with your peers over cocktails and appetizers. For more information, visit http://www.hospitalitysummit.org/tacoma



Two Minute Video: News You Need to Know

Don’t miss this great video recap of the news you need to know from the past week, including the second special session for the state Legislature, victory in Spokane on the proposed soda tax and Seattle short term rental legislation.


Hospitality Summit and Third-Party Delivery on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s Dine NW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and David Faro discuss the Washington Hospitality Association’s Hospitality Summit, in Tacoma, on June 12, during the first segment. We then feature highlights from an in-depth panel discussion on third-party delivery services, at the recent Hospitality Summit in Seattle. Participants include Dave Rutenberg, of UberEats; Ken Naito, owner of three Original Pancake Houses; Rick Braa, principal at AMP Services; Moe Khan, owner of Seattle’s Cedars; and Meg Trainer, owner of Seattle’s Bounty Kitchen.


Eye on Hospitality: Automation Increasing, So are Jobs

It seems counterintuitive, but the introduction of widespread automation at some high profile quick service and fast casual restaurants chains have not led to a decrease in the number of employees. On the contrary, the number of workers on their payrolls is on the rise. Read more…