2015 Legislative Session Update
February 6 marked the eighth day of the 30 day Session.  Legislation is flying fast, including more than 100 bills being filed on Friday alone.  To date, 352 House Bills and 172 Senate Bills and more than 500 amendments to these bills have been filed.  For your review, we have included 30 bills we are monitoring.  Two main bills we worked on this week were minimum wage and local option sales tax. Read the completereport here.
 
2015 Membership Campaign - Recruit & Win!
Membership is the lifeblood of any organization. What better way to convey the benefits of membership to potential members than through our current members? Our current members make the best cheerleaders, so KH&LA is launching a member get a member’ campaign on January 1. The premise of the campaign is simple: for every member you recruit from January 1 through April 15, you will receive a $25 Visa gift card.

If you recruit three members, in addition to the three gift cards, you would receive a spotlight promo on the KH&LA Facebook page and on a special "spotlight’ page on the web site and a chance for a drawing for an iPad Mini.If you are in hyper drive and recruit five members, you get all of the above, plus dinner for two and an overnight at the Historic Boone Tavern in Berea. This isn’t a drawing. If you recruit five members, you WILL receive this prize package.

This is a great time to join KH&LA. Legislative updates will being once the legislative session starts in Frankfort after the first of the year. We have upgraded our technology infrastructure and dramatically enhanced member communications. We just wrapped up a very successful annual meeting and are planning for more education in 2015.

There are two ways to join…you can send potential members to the web site and have them complete the process online or you can use the membership application. Either way, be sure they list YOUR name in the referred by field so you get the appropriate credit

 
KH&LA Leads Charge on 1% Room Tax
KH&LA is working with a coalition of industry organizations to have the state's Tourism Marketing Incentive Program funds reinstated. Read the full position statement here.

 
Minimum Wage Ordinance Opposition
KH&LA has joined with almost 20 other organizations in opposition to Louisville's proposed minimum wage increase. For complete details concerning the issue and the groups involved, click here.

Per Diem Rates for 2015
US General Services Administration has established per diem rates for 2015. Click here for details.


President's Message
By Dan Fay

February 9, 2015

Dear Members:

I attended the American Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles late in January. The mood was exuberant about the prospects of the lodging industry in 2015. In all, the forecasters are predicting good occupancy, ADR and RevPar growth. Many of the big players are enthusiastic about the ability for transactions and new development.

The major brands have picked up this enthusiasm by introducing a lot of new brands. Everyone seems to be moving in a lifestyle space. Hyatt introduced Centrix, Marriott introduced Moxy, Hilton introduced Canopy, and Best Western introduced The Vibe. All of these new products are designed for the CBD and lifestyle locations.

Hopefully, all of this enthusiasm comes off of a strong finish to 2014. We hope that this will mean good things for the lodging industry in Kentucky in the new year.

The legislature is in session so we are very active in monitoring their progress. So far we have seen the usual bills attacking room tax, minimum wage, etc. To date there have been no serious threats, but we need to continue to monitor as they can happen quickly. Please stay tuned to your legislative reports as it is possible that at any time we may need to mobilize quickly.

I look forward to speaking at our upcoming events.



Member News

Accolades for the Homewood Suites Lexington/Hamburg, a new hotel for Bowling Green, promotions at Commonwealth Hotels and Time Warner Cable's new offer. Details.

 


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The mission of the Kentucky Hotel & Lodging Association is to be the voice of the lodging industry, providing representation at the state level in governmental affairs, education, communications, diversity and value-added services.
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Economic Impact of Hotels

The hotel industry facilitates commerce in the statewide economy and its economic impact is quite significant. Consider the following: Panel content
* There are more than 500 hotels in state representing more than 55,000 rooms
* The hotel industry in KY employs almost 17,000 people* Hotels represent an economic impact to the state of more than $2.5B annually
* Hotels in KY generate more than $1.4B in revenue
* The hotel industry in the state generates a payroll of more than $490M
* Almost $300M in various taxes are generated by the hotel industry in Kentucky
* The real estate value of hotels in the state is $4.6B
* The hotel industry is part of the broader tourism and travel industry, which contributed over $12B to the state’s economy in 2012.