Weekly Update – Second Week of 2018 Legislative Session: Focus on Tourism

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Second Week of 2018 Legislative Session: Focus on Tourism

Your Washington Hospitality Association’s State Government Affairs team has been very busy during the second week of the 2018 Legislative Session. The team is actively tracking more than 200 bills as they are introduced in the legislature. Earlier today, Third Substitute Senate Bill 5251, a bill to create a statewide tourism marketing program had a successful hearing and was unanimously moved out of the Senate Economic Development & International Trade committee. This bill is Washington Hospitality’s number one legislative priority this session. We will have more details on this hearing and other legislative action in Monday’s Legislative Review. If you would like to receive more in-depth information about what’s happening at the state capitol in Olympia, please email Nicole Vukonich.


Don’t Miss Hill Climb, Jan. 29 – Register Now!

On Jan. 29, we invite you to join us at our annual Hill Climb! This is your chance to get your voice heard by your local lawmakers. Your State Government Affairs Team arranges all the meetings and appointments for the day, you just need you to be there! Spend the day with your fellow operators and discuss your business opportunities, hurdles and successes. During the 2017 legislative session, with your help, the Washington Hospitality Association had multiple legislative successes. Most notably, we were instrumental in passing the strongest policy on paid family leave in the nation for both employees and employers. We are ready to take our discussion to Olympia, and we are ready to connect you with your lawmakers! More importantly, we are ready for you to participate and shape the 2018 legislative session!

Register here


Spokane Hotel/Motel Association Gives Big to Help Homeless

The Spokane Hotel/Motel Association (SHMA) joined forces with the City of Spokane’s Everybody Counts campaign to donate a carload of clothes, toiletries and other essentials.

The association participates in community outreach each year, focusing on different local organizations that need support. This year, SHMA chose the Everybody Counts campaign to support an initiative within the association to assist in alleviating the homelessness issue wherever possible, said Toni Hansen, executive director of SHMA. The donation coincides with the city’s annual census of the homeless population in Spokane, which will take place this month.


Washington Hospitality Member Survey Coming Soon

Starting in Feb. 2018, you may receive a call from Verometrics, a market research company.  Your Association is conducting the biennial survey to find out what you, our member, feel about how we are doing.  The results provide the Board and the Association team key information in setting Association goals. When you receive the call, we highly encourage you to take the time to provide this important feedback. If you have any questions regarding the membership survey, contact Sheryl Jackson.


L&I Offering Paid Sick Leave Training Webinars – Register Now!

Get informed on the state’s new paid sick leave program through training webinars presented by L&I throughout January and February. Register now.



What You Need to Know About Filing I-9 Immigration Forms – Seminar, Feb. 23

In 2018, we expect the current administration to quadruple the number of I-9 investigations for employers. Do you feel confident that you have an I-9 form completed for all of your employees? Are the forms are completed properly? Join immigration partner Davis Bae from the law firm Fisher Phillips for a Feb. 23 webinar and a brief discussion on electronically filing I-9 forms. Register here. For more information, email Kim Lyons or call her at 503.205.8088.



Eye on Hospitality: The Importance of Hill Climb

You may have heard – the Washington Hospitality Association’s annual Hill Climb is Jan. 29! This week’s Eye on Hospitality focuses on why your presence is needed and how you can help make a difference in shaping the 2018 legislative session. Read more…


Hospitality Bluebook and Rustic Aristocrat on This Week’s DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

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



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