Initiative 1634 Keeps Groceries Affordable

The Washington Hospitality Association has joined the fight to keep groceries affordable. We’re supportive of ballot measure I-1634 because neighborhood businesses, workers, farms and families deserve protection from food and beverage taxes. Read the op-ed that two Washington Hospitality Association members wrote for the Spokesman-Review in support of Initiative 1634.


City of Tacoma Announces 2019 Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Tacoma will increase to $12.35 per hour on Jan. 1, 2019. This wage was calculated by the city of Tacoma using the consumer price index to adjust for inflation.

For more information on Tacoma’s minimum wage, visit the city’s website.

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In areas outside of Tacoma, Seattle and SeaTac, the Washington state minimum wage is $12 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2019. The city of SeaTac has not yet announced its 2019 minimum wage. Seattle’s minimum wage, based on the consumer price index to adjust for inflation is:

  • Large employers: $16 an hour, even those that contribute toward individual medical benefits
  • Small employers: At least $15 an hour
  • Small employers that contribute at least $3 per hour toward an employee’s medical benefits and/or tips: $12


Seattle Members Endorse Education Levy

Both the Seattle Restaurant Alliance and Seattle Hotel Association endorsed the city’s Prop. 1, the Families, Education, Preschool and Promises levy, which seeks to bridge the opportunity gap for Seattle students from preschool to college. Read the Seattle Restaurant Alliance’s endorsement here, and the Seattle Hotel Association’s endorsement here.


Spokane: Night in the Spotlight

Register for this year’s celebration of the industry, Night in the Spotlight, 6 to 9 p.m., Nov. 14 at Northern Quest Casino & Resort, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights.

Meet industry experts, play blackjack for a good cause and enjoy excellent food and drinks.

Tickets are $50 for members and $65 for non-members.

For more information, visit the Spokane Hospitality website, or visit our Facebook page to vote for our award winners.


Spokane & Tri-Cities Regional Meetings Next Week

Government Affairs regional meetings are a way for you to provide input on what issues are important to you, offer feedback on the proposed legislative matrix and learn more about changes coming to the industry.

The Government Affairs Team and a policy expert from the Employment Security Department will present an overview and answer questions about the Paid Family & Medical Leave Act that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019.


Oct. 23 – Spokane

2  – 4 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn

9015 W Hwy 2

Spokane, 99224

RSVP for Spokane


Oct. 24 – Tri-Cities

10 a.m. – noon

The Lodge at Columbia Point

530 Columbia Point Dr.

Richland, 99352

RSVP for Tri-Cities


Tacoma Winter Member Meeting

Please join us for the Tacoma Hospitality Alliance winter quarter member meeting. This meeting is open to all Tacoma members. This meeting is an opportunity to ask questions and make plans for 2019. Sergio Flores from the Tacoma Employment Standards office will join us to discuss the new minimum wage and answer your Tacoma employment questions going into 2019. Click here to RSVP.

  • When: 9-10:30 a.m., Oct. 25
  • Where: The Swiss, 1904 Jefferson Ave.

Join the Tacoma Hospitality Alliance closed Facebook Group for more discussion about news and upcoming events.


Seattle Hotel Association General Membership Meeting

Come check out the incredible new space at the Charter Hotel while we discuss local issues and projects. The Charter staff will also provide tours to attendees.

  • When: 4 to 8 p.m., Nov. 8
  • Where: Charter Hotel Seattle, 1610 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

Email Teddi McGuire to RSVP.


Industry Roundup

Back-of-House Design Aims for Staff Comfort, Retention (Hotel News Now)

Four Ways Hotel Restaurants are Luring Business Beyond Tourists (Restaurant Business)

New Federal Standards for High Chairs Coming in 2019 (Nation’s Restaurant News)

Straws are Just a Small Piece of the Foodservice Sustainability Puzzle (SmartBrief)

When and How Companies Should Change Their Name (Knowledge@Wharton)

Chipotle Sells Out of Scratch-and-Sniff Giphy Stickers (MediaPost Communications)

Marriott to Roll Out New Reservations System By Year’s End (Skift)

From Drinks to Burgers and Beyond, Beets Have a Part to Play (Restaurant Hospitality)

Cancun’s Ritz-Carlton Brings Natural Products Into Spa Treatments (Harper’s Bazaar)

Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Logo (QSR Magazine)

Investing in the Bath-in-the-Room; a Win Win (