Jobs Tax Vote Coming: Seattle Members Speak Out!

A majority of the Seattle City Council supports a proposed job tax. Currently, it would assess $75 million in taxes on businesses with gross annual receipts more than $20 million. The Seattle Restaurant Alliance and the Seattle Hotel Association are raising awareness that taxing jobs will ultimately cost jobs, taking its greatest toll on entry-level positions. Look for an op ed in an upcoming Seattle Times for an op ed piece from Seattle Hotel Association Executive Committee members Shannon Sheron, Diane Holliday Germain and Jenne Oxford. On May 9, the Neighborhood & Finance Committee discussed potential amendments. The committee is expected to vote on legislation on Friday, and the full council to vote on a final proposal on Monday. Learn more about the tax here.


FDA Menu Labeling Regulations Now in Effect

Effective May 7, the menu labeling regulation by the Food and Drug Administration – eight years after Congress called for the provision as part of the Affordable Care Act – is now the law of the land. The menu labeling requirement applies nationwide to chain restaurants and businesses that serve prepared food and have more than 20 locations. These establishments will now have to post calorie counts on foods they sell – although many in the industry already do. Read more…


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Green Light for Washington State Convention Center Addition

On May 7, the Seattle City Council cleared the way for the expansion of the Washington State Convention Center.  The green light for the $1.6 billion project is an important win for Washington state’s hospitality and tourism industry. It will double the overall space of the Convention Center. That means lots more visitors to Seattle and tourism across the state. Construction is expected to start later this year, with an opening date in 2021. Thank you to our members, government affairs teams and partners who worked to achieve this victory.


Register Now for Tacoma Hospitality Summit, May 14

It’s spring and it’s time for Washington Hospitality Summits! There is one remaining Hospitality Summit for you to attend – in Tacoma (May 14). Visit The summit is where hospitality minds meet, discuss and identify ideas that move the industry forward. Don’t miss out on this great event. Read more…


Washington Hospitality Hiring Event 2018 – Bringing People and Jobs Together, May 31

It’s not a typical job fair. Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 31, at Tacoma’s Murano Hotel, where the Washington Hospitality Association will hold its annual Hiring Event. For this unique hiring event, the Washington Hospitality Association, the Employment Security Department and the Department of Social and Health Services Employment Pipeline have teamed up with other partners in the WorkSource system to offer more career resources and opportunities. Read more…


Video: Tip Pooling News

Tip pooling with back-of-the-house team members is now legal. Learn about the big tip pooling changes and what to do about managers and supervisors.


Mark Your Calendars – First Alcohol Task Force Meeting, May 22

The Washington Hospitality Association is restarting its Alcohol Task Force Meetings, with the first meeting planned from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 at Tango Restaurant in Seattle. We invite you to join us at this meeting if you are interested in changing alcohol policy in the state, engaging with the Liquor and Cannabis Board and having your voice heard. If you would like to attend the meeting click here or to become more involved with the Alcohol Task Force, please email Zach Lindahl at Zach Lindahl.


Construction to Proceed as Scheduled on Spokane’s Monroe Street

A contractor’s request to finish the Monroe Street rebuilding project early has been withdrawn. Area businesses said changing the schedule would seriously hinder planned summer events, like this Saturday’s Thoroughfair, a street fair, from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information about construction and events in the Monroe Corridor, click here.


Pierce County Lodging Association Invites You to Join the Discussion

The Pierce County Lodging Association invites all hoteliers in Pierce County to join a general membership meeting at 2 p.m. on May 14 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma. The meeting will take place as a breakout session during the Washington Hospitality Association Hospitality Summit. For more information about the meeting, contact Joe Bushnell at or call 360.956.7279.


Spokane Chapter Golf Tournament Open for Registration

The Spokane Chapter Golf Benefit will take place on June 5. Funds raised during the tournament will benefit local ProStart high school students, the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy and Feed Spokane—all causes the hospitality industry supports and on which it relies. Check-ins are at 11 a.m., and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Awards and dinner catered by Borracho Tacos & Taquileria will follow at 6 p.m. The cost to participate is $125 per person or $500 per four-person team. All golfers are eligible for a hole-in-one car giveaway from Larry H. Miller Toyota. Registration and sponsorship information is available here.



Monroe Street Grill and La Cà Bar on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Morgan Huether and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with La Shay Germain, owner of Spokane’s Monroe Street Grill. Morgan and Paul then interview Tuan Nguyen, owner of La Cà Bar, a Vietnamese eatery in Tacoma.


Eye on Hospitality: Hotels and Airbnb – An Evolving Relationship

Airbnb is becoming increasingly open to hotels, and there are indications that in the future, there could be more opportunities for hotels on this platform. Read more…