KY's Tourism/Hospitality Industry Pledges to Fight Human Trafficking
Criminals who use Kentucky hotel rooms to carry out human trafficking crimes could soon be identified and reported by hotel staff thanks to a new training initiative unveiled today by Attorney General Andy Beshear and key partners. The training called, “See Something - Say Something - Save a Life!” is the state’s first coordinated effort that encourages Kentucky hotel owners to sign a pledge to have their front line staff complete an online human trafficking training. 
The training specifically warns of red flags of sex trafficking and provides front desk, housekeeping and hotel staff instructions on how to safely report the activity. KH&LA is a proud supporter of this initiative. Click here for more details. 

2017 Annual Meeting: Knowledge is Power
KH&LA brings together hoteliers, CVBs and vendors from across the state in this one-day educational event. The Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 29 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville. This information-rich educational program will feature sessions on issues relevant to today’s hotelier, including:

  • Industry forecasts and trends
  • Improving your property’s profitability
  • Active shooter preparedness
  • Turning potential guests into actual guests

The program also features the Stars of the Industry Awards and the Garner Hanson Hotelier of the Year Award luncheon. Click here for more information. 

2018 GSA Per Diem Rates
The U.S. General Services Administration has released the federal per diem rates for 2018. Click here for the info and a comparison of the rates in Kentucky's major metropolitan areas. 

2017 Stars of the Industry
The nomination deadline has been extended for the KH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards and Garner B. Hanson Hotelier of the Year Award. In addition to hotelier of the year nominees, we are looking for employees who are outstanding in these areas: Maintenance, Housekeeping, Front Desk and Food and Beverage. Click here for the application. 

This is a great opportunity to showcase a team member’s talent to the hotel industry statewide. Winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting on November 29 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville.  

Human Trafficking Initiative
Human trafficking is a crime federally and in all 50 states. It occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion to compel another person to provide labor and services or engage in a commercial sex act. KH&LA is partnering with the KY Attorney General's office to educate our members on the issue and solutions. Click here for more info on human trafficking.  

KY Tourism Has $13B Economic Impact on State
Kentucky’s travel and tourism industry has a $13 billion economic impact on the state, a $2.2 billion increase from five years ago, Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen said at the Kentucky Travel Industry Annual Conference. Tourism supports 180,000 jobs statewide, Luallen said. Read more.

KH&LA Offers New Member Benefit for Hoteliers
KH&LA has partnered with a company that offers an online survey tool for hoteliers' and we are offering the service to our hotelier members for FREE.

Lobbylights is the premier wage and employee benefits survey tool for the hotel industry. Lobbylights compiles the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on employee wages as well as key employment information for hotel property managers. With Lobbylights, you can compare:
·         The wages you pay to other hotels within your specific region.
·         The types of insurance and amount of coverage you provide compared to other hotels.
·         The way other properties comply with the Affordable Care Act.
·         The different perks properties offer their employees.
·         The methods through which other hotels screen employees.

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