Weekly Update: Support Tourism in Washington – Take Action Today

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Support Tourism in Washington – Take Action Today

Please contact your legislators today! Funding for Substitute House Bill 1123, which establishes a statewide tourism marketing program, needs to be included in the 2017-19 Washington State Budget. We need your legislators to tell their leadership and budget writers that these bills are a major priority.

Tourism is critical to helping our businesses, residents, and state thrive.

Please utilize our quick outreach tool below. It’s important to note that personalizing the message makes more of an impact with legislators. The easiest way to do this is by including how tourism directly benefits you, your business, and local community. If you send an email, we also recommend including your name, business, business location, and the number of people you employ at the beginning of your message.



Senate Bill 5713, Creating the Skilled Worker Training Program, Continues

Senate Bill 5713 funds training that is critical to moving people upward into skilled employment positions. The bill has passed the Senate and was heard and voted on this week in the House Committee on Higher Education. This legislation would help the Washington Hospitality Association continue to support our greatest asset – our employees. Yesterday, the Washington Hospitality Association testified in support of this important bill. Watch their testimony here. For more information, contact Stephanie McManus.


Paid Family Leave Discussed at Seattle City Hall

On Tuesday, Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez presented proposed policy solutions supporting citywide paid family leave in Seattle. Gonzalez led a discussion and reviewed survey results on paid family leave in the Gender Equity, Safe Communities & New Americans Committee on Wednesday. The Seattle Government Affairs team is staying up to date on all paid family leave discussions in Seattle. Meanwhile, we remain laser-focused on supporting the progress already made on a statewide paid family leave bill. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.


You Could Be a Visit Seattle Tourism Ambassador

Visit Seattle’s Class of 2017 Ambassador nominations are due before 5 p.m. on March 24. The organization is seeking nominations of Seattle hotel members who love their jobs and are natural promoters of Seattle, maintain direct contact with visitors, represent the tourism industry with the highest professional standards and advance the industry and advocate for its causes. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.



Pierce County Membership Meeting, March 30

Don’t miss Washington Hospitality’s Pierce County membership meeting on March 30, 9-10 a.m., at the Tacoma Downtown Holiday Inn Express & Suites on 2102 South C Street. We’ll discuss Initiative 1433 (minimum wage), the tourism bill and other measures in the Legislature, local government and the upcoming Pierce County hiring event. The event is free, but please RSVP. For more information, contact Samantha Louderback.


Don’t Miss Washington Hospitality Summit, April 4

Have you registered for the Seattle Hospitality Summit? Be sure to download the WA Hospitality Events App. Need tickets? There’s still space! Head to Hospitalitysummit.org for more information and to register for the first-ever Washington Hospitality Summit, April 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, presented by Food Services of America. Interested in exhibiting? Tables are filling up fast! Contact Michele Holmes for sponsorship opportunities and registration questions. Be on the lookout for more information on Summit Spokane in May 2017 and Summit Tacoma in June 2017.


Washington Hospitality Hiring Event Has 100+ Job Opportunities and Vetted Employees

On April 13, Washington Hospitality will host a new kind of hiring event to connect Pierce County citizens with opportunities, and employers with ready-to-work candidates. This event removes roadblocks to employment such as lack of transportation, certifications, permits uniform needs, food assistance and much more. The event will be held at the Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Read more…



In the March 23 Association newsletter TOOLS FOR THE TRADE, the April 13 Tacoma Hiring Event was incorrectly listed as taking place on April 4.  The actual event is taking place on April 13. Please click here for more information.



Two Minute Video: What you need to know 

Don’t miss this great video recap of the past week’s news you need to know, including the state of play for tourism marketing legislation, the latest on the Seattle Office of Labor Standards, the release of Seattle’s secure scheduling ordinance released and a Public Relations Society of America award for the Washington Hospitality Association’s communications team.


Washington Hospitality Hiring Event and Jollie’s Restaurant & Lounge on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss today’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and David Faro discuss the Washington Hospitality Association’s exciting hiring event on April 13, in Tacoma. Paul Schlienz then joins Andy for an interview with Leslie Jollie, co-owner of Jollie’s Restaurant & Lounge, in Ridgefield.


Eye on Hospitality: Apps are Where it’s at for Hotels and Restaurants

Apps are everywhere. This is true throughout the business world, and the hospitality industry is no exception. Seventy-six percent of leisure travelers choose hotel booking sites and travel apps for lower prices and better deals. Meanwhile, travelers are less inclined to book via branded hotels sites. In fact, 13 percent of travelers quit using brand sites and apps altogether due to a poor mobile experience. Read more…