State funding on its way

You may have already heard: The government affairs team secured a HUGE win in the state budget for the hospitality industry. And we have great news about liquor license fees as well.

Let your legislator know how much you appreciate the $100 million+ in relief for the hospitality industry in the budget.

More 2022 legislative session WINS

In addition to the hospitality relief package, your state Government Affairs team secured dozens of legislative wins this session, such as:

  • reducing liquor license fees by 50% through the end of 2023
  • preventing a diversion of lodging tax revenue away from tourism promotion
  • defeating an ergonomics bill targeted at the hospitality industry
  • defeating a bill that would have banned latex gloves
  • strengthening accountability and oversight of the state Paid Family & Medical Leave program
  • and much more!

Check out our complete 2022 Session Review to learn more.

Lodging looking good in 2022

The Washington lodging industry has a lot to look forward to this year, and some great opportunities are already available for operators. Stay in the know about upcoming tourism funding, current grants and other new improvements to the business climate for hotels in Washington.

Cyberattacks are on the rise: What you need to do to protect your business

Ransomware attacks can be costly, not only because many businesses pay the ransom if they have no other way around it, but also because the business must close while they wait for their system to unlock and many other factors.

Better to Ask for Forgiveness than Omission – PPP Second Draw

11 a.m., March 22
For restaurants that took a second draw from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the deadline to apply for loan forgiveness is coming up. Join Aaron Frazier, National Restaurant Association’s director of tax policy to learn what important information you’ll need, and what happens if you miss the deadline.

Updated COVID-19 guidance for workplaces

Check out our updated coronavirus Current Guidance and Requirements page to make sure you are up to speed on the latest workplace safety requirements and best practices.

The Hospitality Profit: Key Strategies for Success in 2022

This year will come and go before you know it. Hospitality financial consultant Rick Braa will offer advice for getting your business geared up, ready for a busy season and answer your questions in this webinar at 10 a.m., March 23. Registration is open now. Sponsored by U.S. Bank.

[Ask a Lawyer] Recommendations now that the state has lifted the mask mandate

Join employment lawyer Catharine Morisset as she breaks down what you need to know now that there is no longer a mask mandate. We’ll meet at 10 a.m. March 22. Sponsored by U.S. Bank.

Hospitality solutions

Get more out of your day with an HR Management System

Members receive a 41% discount on payroll and 20% off on all other modules when signing up with GNSA. They have everything, from scheduling, onboarding, recruiting, payroll and more.

What factors do you need to focus on when selling your business?

Oliver Kotelnikov of IBA is back with a new webinar at 10 a.m. on March 24. This time he’ll review the 10 factors impacting hospitality business value and how they rate in importance.

Local news

Spokane Chapter meeting

The Spokane Chapter will present its first in-person meeting in more than two years from 2-3:30 p.m. March 29.

We’ll meet at the Onion Bar & Grill North Spokane, 7522 N. Division St. Register by emailing Director of Local Government Affairs John Lane at johnl@wahospitality.org. Sponsored by Adesso, TDS Fiber and GNSA.

Seattle street parking update

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is targeting March 28 for rate adjustments for on-street parking. The highest hourly rate will be $3/hour — well below pre-pandemic $5/hour maximum.

Podcasts

Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast

Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton is joined by Andy Cho, president of S1 Hospitality Management and Dean Griffith, the president of Old Spaghetti Factory International.

The three talk about being vulnerable to earn the trust of their employees as they discuss the book, “The 5 Temptations of a CEO,” by Patrick Lencioni. Watch the video here. This broadcast is brought to you by U.S. Bank. Click here to learn about our payment solutions.