Weekly Update: Strong Push for State Tourism Funding

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Washington Hospitality Makes Strong Push for State Tourism Funding

Washington Hospitality Association staff and members participated in the 2017 Washington Tourism Summit and Day in Olympia, on Jan. 24. Reps. Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline, Cary Condotta, R-East Wenatchee, and Gael Tarleton, D-Seattle, shared their bipartisan support for the cause. House Bill 1123 and its companion Senate Bill 5251 are two vehicles for reviving state tourism funding. HB 1123 was heard on Jan. 25 in the House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs. You can help by contacting legislators urging them to support funding tourism in Washington state. Find a list of legislators here. You can talk to your legislator on this important topic at Hill Climb 2017. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.


Washington Hospitality Celebrates Five Years of DineNW Radio and Podcast

The Washington Hospitality Association is celebrating more than five years of sharing industry news, the latest trends and interviews with outstanding local members through its successful DineNW Radio program and podcast. DineNW is a weekly radio show that broadcasts every Wednesday at noon from the Tacoma-based KLAY 1180 AM to all parts of the Puget Sound region. KLAY program manager Bruce Bond says the show was an instant hit with area listeners. And don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, featuring an interview with Emory Cole, owner of Emory’s on Silver Lake, in Everett, now online.


Don’t Forget to Register for Hill Climb, Feb. 6

Hill Climb and Taste Our Best is on Feb. 6. Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with your legislators. Register now. And be sure and head to this link on your mobile device to download the Washington Hospitality Events app – your indispensable tool to guide you through Hill Climb. For more information, contact Wendy Hughes.


Seattle Members Honored for Ensuring No Child Sleeps Outside

On Jan. 24, Mary’s Place announced it raised $4.5 million to provide emergency, temporary shelter to 500 families. Seattle Restaurant Alliance members were honored for “Quieting growing tummies while nourishing bodies and souls.” See who participated and read more here.


New City Council Member Takes Office in Tacoma

Lauren Walker was named as the replacement for Victoria Woodards’ at large Tacoma City Council seat, which was vacated last month. Walker previously served on the council from 2008 to 2015. She is serving out the remainder of Woodards’ term. For more information, contact Wendy Hughes.


Anthony’s Founder Budd Gould Honored as CEO of the Year

Founder and President of Anthony’s, Budd Gould, has been awarded the 2017 Executive Excellence Award in the CEO of the Year category from Seattle Business Magazine. Budd Gould was also honored last year by the Washington Hospitality Association as Full-Service Operator of the Year. His contributions to our Association and the hospitality industry are enormous. Congratulations, Budd!


Survey Shows Hotel Industry’s Importance to Local Economies

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Hotel & Lodging Association released the results of a survey of mayors across the nation that shows the valuable partnerships hotels and the travel sector have with cities from coast to coast, serving as critical components to local economics, career opportunities, community development, tax revenue, and growth. Importantly, mayors responding to the survey noted how hotels help to attract new tourists to their communities by investing in visitor outreach and destination awareness campaigns. Sixty-eight percent of the mayors surveyed say hotels and lodging are the largest contributors to their city’s destination marketing fund.


2 Minute Video Update: News You Need to Know

Don’t miss this great recap of last week’s news you need to know: King County’s new restaurant grading system, the second week of the 2017 Legislative Session three bills addressing new paid leave policies and tourism legislation.


How to Handle Harassment Accusations in the Workplace

Watch the newest video in our Advisory Network series! Lisa Kaminski, HR Manager at Personnel Management Systems, tells you what to do if one of your employees claims they’ve been harassed in the workplace. While you’re there, subscribe to our new Hospitality Association YouTube channel for industry specific videos and news updates. If you want to watch all of the videos from the Advisory Network, you can find them here.


Eye on Hospitality: Getting Washington on Track with Tourism

In 2014, domestic and international travelers spent $15.7 billion in Washington state. 113,100 jobs were created by travelers to Washington, representing 4.5 percent of the state’s total private employment. For every $1 million spent in Washington by domestic and international travelers, 7.2 jobs are created. And the hospitality industry, representing lodging and restaurants, is, of course, a major beneficiary of this job creation. Nevertheless, Washington, despite all it offers for domestic and international tourists, is the only state in the union that does not have a state-funded tourism program. Read more…