Weekly Update: #Whyichoosehospitality – Tell Your Story at Hill Climb on Jan. 28

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#Whyichoosehospitality – Tell Your Story at Hill Climb on Jan. 28

Are you ready to tell your legislators #whyichoosehospitality? Have you registered for Hill Climb? It’s our association’s largest grassroots event of the year and you won’t want to miss out. Be sure to let us know your first job in hospitality! We know that nine out of 10 owners and operators have worked their way up the hospitality career ladder. This session we will focus on workforce development, affordable housing and much more. RSVP today.

Food Safety Advisory Council to Hear Proposal to Reduce Single-use Plastic Gloves Jan. 24

UPDATE—On Jan. 24, the Food Safety Advisory Council (FSAC) and the state Department of Health will hear and deliberate on the Washington Hospitality Association’s petition surrounding the allowance of minimal bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food. There will be an opportunity during the meeting held at the Department of Health’s Kent Regional Office for the public to provide input from 10:30-11 a.m. Currently, the FSAC is not accepting written comments on this topic. To reserve your spot, please email Samantha Louderback by Monday, Jan. 21.

Viaduct Closure is Friday—the Seattle Squeeze is Here

The Alaskan Way Viaduct closure is Friday. Be sure to check seattletraffic.org for updates on traffic and ideas for getting everyone to work on time. The Seattle Center, Office of Arts & Culture and the Office of Film + Music are hosting a meeting on Jan. 14 for small businesses and arts-and-cultural organizations in preparation for the Seattle Squeeze, which begins with the viaduct’s closure on Friday. If you would like to attend, click here and use password: LocalSEA.

Travel Tacoma Announces New CEO, Merger with Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission

Travel Tacoma + Pierce County announced last week that it will merge with the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission, according to the News Tribune. Dean Burke, a seven-year veteran of the sports commission, will be the CEO of the combined organizations. Travel Tacoma interim CEO, Chelene Potvin-Bird will return to her role as vice president of sales and service.  The new combined organization does not have a name yet.

Spokane: Visit Spokane Announces New President and CEO

Visit Spokane hired a new president and CEO this week. Meg Winchester comes to Spokane from Galveston, Texas, where she was director of the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. She brings decades of convention sales and marketing experience with her to the position. Read the story in the Spokesman-Review.

Seattle: Evening of Hope Coming Feb. 2

The Seattle Hotel Association will present its 22nd Annual Evening of Hope Gala, Feb. 2, at the Fairmount Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle. This year, the event will raise funds for StolenYouth, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to ending sex trafficking in Washington and empowering those who have been affected. Tickets are $375 and are available here. For more information, click here.


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