Weekly Update: Convention keynote speaker will discuss diversity, equity and inclusion

Weekly Update: Convention keynote speaker will discuss diversity, equity and inclusion https://wahospitality.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/WashingtonHospitalityWeekly_WebsiteImage2016.jpg

Hospitality Convention keynote speaker will discuss diversity, equity and inclusion

The Washington Hospitality Convention team is pleased to announce Marilyn Strickland will join the event as the keynote speaker. Strickland is president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and served as mayor of Tacoma from 2010-17. Dive into diversity, inclusion and equity for businesses of all sizes. She will also discuss workforce solutions and tactics to build a stronger community.

Register today for the Hospitality Convention.

First GAC Regional Meeting in Spokane, Sept. 10, more to come

The first of the state Government Affairs Committee annual regional meetings will be held 2-4 p.m., Sept. 10, at the Kalispel Golf and Country Club in Spokane. This year, members will meet with their local legislators and discuss topics important to the hospitality industry. RSVP to Katie Doyle, grassroots manager. We are planning additional meetings across the state, so stay tuned for information about a regional meeting coming soon to your community.

Paid Family and Medical Leave Q1, Q2 reporting deadline NOW Aug. 31

The employer’s portion of the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave premiums for Q1 and Q2 are now due by Aug. 31. For more information about reporting, please visit paidleave.wa.gov.

Two-Minute Video: Hearings for draft legislation to replace I-124 in Seattle

Watch video.

Spokane: Primary Election ballots mailed yesterday—check out our recommendations

Washington state mailed the 2019 primary election ballots yesterday, and we have our recommendations online now. If we are to endorse any candidates for office this year, we need to hear from you! Check out our recommendations and email Tobby Hatley your thoughts. We can’t do this without your opinion!

Tacoma Members: The ballots are coming!

Four Tacoma City Council seats are up for grabs this year. The Tacoma Hospitality Alliance has endorsed:

  • District 1 – John Hines
  • District 3 – Keith Blocker
  • At-Large 7 – Conor McCarthy
  • At-Large 8 – John O’Loughlin

Drop your primary election ballots off at a dropbox location or in the mail for FREE by Aug. 6! Click to join and learn more.

FYI: Oregon now has paid family leave law

According to the National Restaurant Association, Oregon’s newly signed House Bill 2005 provides 12 weeks of paid leave to all employees starting Jan. 1, 2023, including part-time workers who made at least $1,000 in the previous year. Employees will receive full wage replacement up to $1,215 a week and the program is funded by a 1 percent payroll tax, with 60 percent paid by the employee and 40 percent financed by the employer. Learn more here.

Eye on Hospitality: Training – Key to quality, employee loyalty and retention

You can’t have hospitality without customer service, and you can’t have customer service without training. Training has many benefits: quality, standardization of service, reduction of risk, increased loyalty and reduction in employee turnover. Read more here.

Feature your business at August golf tournament

Donate in-kind products or experiences to Golf FORE! Education for swag bags or auction items. Every golfer will receive a swag bag at the tournament. Items are auctioned off paddle-raise style during the awards dinner after the tournament. Swag bags and auction items are an opportunity to engage with your ideal customer. All funds raised from the auction benefit ProStart.


Reminder: Stars of Hospitality Award nominations are open

The Stars of Hospitality Awards recognize the truly exceptional professionals and properties that exemplify the best of Washington hospitality. The nomination deadline is Sept. 8.

Submit your nominations today!

Gloves? Dogs? Reusable containers? Date marking?

  • Would you like the option to use fewer plastic gloves?
  • Do you already apply date marking for ready-to-eat foods?
  • Are you OK with dogs in patio areas?
  • Do you care if customers bring in their own food containers for you to fill with take-out?

These are the first four top food code changes that the state government affairs team has identified for you. If you have an opinion on any of these issues, please send your comments to Samantha Louderback, state government affairs senior manager. The comment deadline is July 31.


Upcoming ServSafe Manager classes

All classes are from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Everett: Aug. 26 at Food Services of America
Registration Deadline: Aug. 12

Kent: Aug. 20 at Sysco
Registration Deadline: Aug. 6

Seattle (SODO): Aug. 6 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: July 23

Spokane/Post Falls: Aug. 22 at Sysco
Registration Deadline: Aug. 8

Tacoma: Aug. 13 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: July 30


Additional Training Available

First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Hotel & Lodging Certifications

Food Allergy

Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST)


Sixteen black chefs changing food in America (New York Times)

T-Mobile, Taco Bell set to debut ‘T-Mobell’ stores (Ad Age)
Changing fast: Six technologies taking hotels into the future (Lodging)
McDonald’s drops Uber Eats sole partnership with new DoorDash deal (Nation’s Restaurant News)
Hilton plays catch-up in luxury-travel market (Wall Street Journal)
Dinner from the gas station? (SmartBrief)
Restaurants find value in retired and senior workers (QSR)
Why direct digital sales are key to success in the restaurant delivery space (SmartBrief)
Restaurant industry wins funding for developing an alternative labor pool (Restaurant Business)

Read more