Weekly Update: National Restaurant and Lodging Associations Commit to Training 550,000 Workers, Students

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National Restaurant and Lodging Associations Commit to Training 550,000 Workers, Students

During an event at the White House last week, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation pledged to advance nearly 550,000 people in the industry’s current and future workforce in the next five years. The National Restaurant Association offers workforce development programs in pre-apprenticeship, certification, credentials and continuing education. The American Hotel & Lodging Association offers programs including managerial apprenticeships, industry certifications and a Cost-Free College program for hotel employees.


National Hotel Win: Per Diem Rate Cuts Reversed

On July 23, Congress reversed per diem rate cuts for long-term government employee travel through the National Defense Authorization Act. The 25 and 45 percent rate cuts were not sustainable and are harmful to hotels, service members, civilian defense employees and local communities, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The association expects the bill to be signed into law in the coming weeks. Hotels will then again be able to collect the full per diem rate from long-term government guests.


Food Code: We Asked, You Delivered!

The Washington State Department of Health is asking for public comment on the current Washington State Retail Food Code. After receiving member input, we know that the hospitality industry wants to mitigate its environmental impact, increase food safety education and remove the exclusion of bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods.  Would you like to add your name to a letter addressed to the Department of Health asking to allow minimal bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat food? Email Samantha Louderback with your name and logo. Or click here if you would like to submit comments about the Food Code.


Tacoma Neighborhoods Weigh in on Upcoming City Budget

Tacoma City Manager Elizabeth Pauli and other senior leadership staff from the City of Tacoma will attend Neighborhood Council meetings in August and September. The leaders intend to discuss the city’s 2019-20 proposed biennial budget at the neighborhood meetings. This is an opportunity for members of each neighborhood community to offer input on the upcoming budget. For a full list of meeting dates and times, click here. To see the proposed budget, visit cityoftacoma.org/budget.


Seattle Hotels: Time to Get Out Your Swing!

If all of these fantastic summer days have put you in the mood for some outdoor fun, you are in luck! The Seattle Hotel Association will hold its annual golf tournament and fundraiser for the Chief Sealth International High School of Academy & Tourism, in association with Seattle Academies Foundation.

  • When: Aug. 29
  • Where: The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Ln., Newcastle
  • Cost: $400 per twosome, $800 per foursome

Hotel managers, executive staff, Seattle Hotel Association board members, hospitality and tourism industry members, and destination and city organizers are invited to attend.

Registration is open now: click here! For more information or sponsorship inquiries, email Chris Tudor.


Stars of Hospitality Awards – Nominations Due Sept. 7

Presented by the Washington Hospitality Association, these awards celebrate the truly exceptional professionals and properties that exemplify the very best of Washington hospitality. Nominate the stars on your team and let them know how much you value the passion and talent they bring to work each day. Submit your nomination here by Sept. 7.



Northwest Loss Prevention Consultants and No Vacancy News on DineNW – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s Dine NW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with Doug Rector, president of Northwest Loss Prevention Consultants, who discusses how hospitality businesses can prevent theft and use mystery shopping to their advantage. Andy then joins with Morgan Huether to interview Glenn Haussman, host of the “No Vacancy News” podcast.


Two-Minute Video: What You Need to Know

Don’t miss this great video recap of the news you need to know. This week’s topics include Washington Hospitality Association representation on the new Washington Tourism Marketing Authority Board, the state food code and primary elections.



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