WIN: Short-term rental bill signed into law

On May 9, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Substitute House Bill 1798, our top priority short-term rental bill, into law. This is a #WIN for members because it requires short-term rental operators to remit all taxes and contains critical consumer safety protections. Read more here.

Menu labeling enforcement begins

Official enforcement of the federal menu labeling law began May 7, according to the National Restaurant Association. Restaurants with 20 or more locations operating under the same name must comply. For more information and to better understand the regulations, please check out the following resources: The association’s Menu Labeling Compliance Guide, the FDA’s Menu Labeling Education Module, or you can also email the FDA directly.

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U.S. offers 30,000 new H-2B Visas

An additional 30,000 foreign worker visas are available as of May 8 under the H-2B Visa program, according to the National Restaurant Association. These visas are available to returning workers who have previously used the program in the last three years and remain in compliance with its provisions. The National Restaurant Association reports there is substantial demand for H-2B workers in seasonal industries such as restaurants, hotels and landscaping.

Member Spotlight: Tacoma’s Elks Temple gets a new lease on life thanks to McMenamins

You’ve never seen anything quite like McMenamins’ Elks Temple. It’s a hotel, a shopping mall, a brewery, a tasting room and bottle shop, several bars and a concert venue all in one of Tacoma’s most historic buildings, beautifully restored, renovated and re-imagined after a long season of neglect. Read more.

Spokane Chapter Golf: Time is running out!

Get your team together now and register–spots are quickly running out for the Spokane Chapter Golf Tournament! This year’s tournament will be on June 11 at Downriver Golf Course, 3225 N. Columbia Circle, Spokane. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m.Register here or become a sponsor for this event here. Proceeds benefit local ProStart programs, Feed Spokane and the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy.


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All classes are from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

May 27, St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, Registration Deadline: May 13

June 4, at Bargreen Ellingson, Seattle (SODO), Registration Deadline: May 21

June 11, at Bargreen Ellingson, Tacoma, Registration Deadline: May 28

June 12, US Foods, Fife, Registration Deadline: May 29

June 24, FSA, Everett, Registration Deadline: June 10

July 22, at Food Services of America, Kent, Registration Deadline: July 8


Leadership Development Program

Join the Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation for a two-day series of leadership modules, The Four Imperatives of Great Leaders, to elevate the essential leadership skills of hospitality professionals and provide opportunities to learn directly from accomplished industry practitioners and network with peers.

All classes are from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and include lunch and swag bag.

May 28-29, Everett, sponsored by Delta Hotels

June 13-14, Fife, sponsored by US Foods

June 26-27, Olympia, Washington Hospitality Association


Additional Training Available

First Aid & Bloodborne Pathogens.

Sexual Harassment Prevention.

Hotel & Lodging Certifications.

Food Allergy.

Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST).


ProStart Invitational kicks off in D.C. (National Restaurant Association)

Wyndham partners with DoorDash for free delivery (Hotel Management)

Restaurants and hotels have nearly 1 million job openings to fill (CBS News)

Hospitality models blur further as Marriott, Airbnb expand turf (Travel Weekly)

Healthy desserts? Eating the gluten-free cake, too (SmartBrief)

What’s driving the rush to fix up full-service hotels? (National Real Estate Investor)

Why lifestyle hotels are not just for millennials (JLL)

Fresh approaches give golf resorts staying power (Travel Weekly)

IHG sees room for improvement in hotel revenue management (Skift)

Western and Southern hotels lead the rest of the U.S. (National Real Estate Investor)