Weekly Update: Cybercriminals Targeting Restaurants and Hotels – Don’t Be a Victim!

Weekly Update: Cybercriminals Targeting Restaurants and Hotels – Don’t Be a Victim!

Cybercriminals Targeting Restaurants and Hotels – Don’t Be a Victim!

On Tuesday, Aug. 29, the Washington Hospitality Association met with representatives of the Seattle Office of Federal Bureau of Inspection (FBI) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. The reason for this meeting was to alert us of a growing threat to the hospitality industry from cybercriminals. More than 20 U.S.-based hospitality companies — hotels and restaurants — have been successfully hacked by a suspected Eastern European hacking group. Among its victims are Baja Fresh, Chipotle and Ruby Tuesday’s. The Washington Hospitality Association will provide more information on this threat as it becomes available. In the meantime, remain vigilant about phishing emails. Read more…


Seattle Waiver for Plastic Drinking Straws May Expire in 2018

Seattle restaurants have not yet had to comply with all recyclable and compostable requirements set for foodservice ware, but that may change in 2018. Since 2010, the City of Seattle has required food service businesses to use recyclable and compostable service ware. At that time, Seattle Public Utilities determined there were several types of products where compostable or recyclable alternatives did not exist or did not meet acceptable performance standards. Seattle Public Utilities has issued an annual waiver exempting disposable plastic cutlery and plastic drinking straws from the recyclable and compostable requirements. The current waiver expires June 30, 2018. A Seattle Public Utilities official recently said his department does not intend to renew the waiver for plastic drinking straws in 2018. This will require the use of compostable straws. The Seattle Government Affairs Team will keep you informed on next steps and opportunities to participate. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.


Texas Hospitality Sets Up Hurricane Relief Site

Hurricane Harvey made landfall Friday, Aug. 25 with its bands of thunderstorms pounding the southeastern portion of Texas – hitting Houston and the surrounding coastline. Only in recent hours has the rain stopped long enough for residents and business owners to assess damage and make a plan. Many businesses are closed and their employees unable to work. Read more to find out how you and your hospitality businesses can help the people of Houston as they recover from this unprecedented disaster.


Discuss Key Issues Impacting Your Business with Your Local Lawmakers!

Each year, the Hospitality Association Government Affairs team holds series of meetings. One will be near you. Join us for an opportunity to learn about what issues are on the horizon and how you can help. We will invite your local lawmakers to hear from you on topics ranging from the local economy, tourism, and new regulations. Share feedback on our draft issues matrix and legislative plan! We are your voice in Olympia and we hope to hear from you! Full agenda. Please RSVP to Zooie Arnold or call 360.956.7279. For a full list of all regional meeting locations click here.



Support Education Foundation Through Golf FORE! Education Tournament, Sept. 19

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 taking advantage of the sponsorship opportunities we still have available. For more information on sponsorships contact Michele Holmes. We’ll see you there on Sept. 19, at Washington National Golf Course.


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. And remember, the Washington Hospitality Association has developed a smart phone app called “Washington Hospitality Events.” The application puts all the information that lodging professionals need for the convention, right at their fingertips. To get the most out of the convention at Tulalip Casino on Oct. 22, download the app and start to explore. The app is available on Google Play as well as iTunes. Download it today!



Advisory Network Video: Labor Cost Management – Staffing

Watch the newest video in our Advisory Network series. Rick Braa, principal at AMP Services, in Seattle, explains the staffing strategies restaurant owners and managers should be employing to save money on labor. Stay tuned for part three (coming soon)! Rick will explain scheduling strategies that will help you trim the fat on your labor costs. Want more advice from the experts? You can check out past Advisory Network videos here. Have a question for the Network? Get in touch with your Area Coordinator to take advantage of this free member benefit.


Hospitality Bluebook and Rustic Aristocrat on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW show, live, now online. Ross Boylan and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with a discussion about the Washington Hospitality Association’s exciting new Bluebook. Any Cook and Paul then chat with Ben Nation, owner of Tacoma’s Rustic Aristocrat Coffee Co.



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