HB 202 Final Passage Report
As a member of the KH&LA, we want to update you on the great news regarding HB 202, the proposed change in the transient room tax.  Throughout this legislative process, the KH&LA was clear in its concerns about broad based application of changes to the transient room tax.  Your calls to legislators over the past weeks made a difference.  We worked with our partners in the travel industry and legislative leaders to craft a more focused approach to the original goals of HB 202. 

Last week, Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), Appropriations & Revenue chairman, led the effort in the Senate to craft a new version of the bill that removed the original bill?s state-wide impact while maintaining its intended goal of assisting local tourism. 

With those changes KH&LA supported HB 202 as amended by the Senate committee.  The bill went back to the House where it received concurrence vote.  The bill is now on the Governor?s desk for his signature.  Congratulations to everyone in the travel and tourism industry.

Read the complete
legislative update 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

March 17, 2015

Dear Members:

As the General Assembly winds down, we are coming out relatively unscathed.  There have been a number of issues having the potential to affect us, including issues on wages, transient room tax, and workers compensation. 

House Bill 202, which we mobilized would have allowed for surplus transient tax dollars to go into brick and mortar projects.  We were concerned, because just by eliminating positions surpluses can easily be created.  

Sen. Christian McDaniel was able to make changes to this bill, and made it palatable for everyone. 

As of this writing, we became aware of a potential threat in Lexington, KY.  The Lexington Metro Council is discussing an increase in minimum wages.  As an association, we will oppose this.  

These issues impact bottom lines and create job losses.  These issues certainly make the case that we need to be ever vigilant, to protect ourselves and our business. 

Our Annual Meeting is shaping up well.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 18th at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.  The program committee is working to make this a worthwhile and memorable meeting.  Please mark your calendar to attend.   


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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.