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 types of insurance and amount of coverage you provide compared to other hotels.
And much more! Lobbylights conducts a real-time, blind survey for the hotel and lodging industry. Since the survey is blind, the information you enter about your employee practices remains confidential. Once you complete the survey, you will be able to compare your data to other properties in your specific region. And every time a new hotel property in your region joins Lobbylights and completes the survey, the new survey data automatically updates in real time to give you the most accurate wage and employee benefits information in the lodging industry.
This is a great opportunity to showcase a team member's talent to the hotel industry statewide. The deadline is September 11 for submissions. Click here for the nomination form. Winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting on November 18 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville.
2015 Annual Meeting - Sponsorship Opportunities
The 2015 Annual Meeting is scheduled for November 18 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville. Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the one-day event. Click here for complete details
"The economic impact from tourism in Kentucky has increased by more than $2.2 billion and 13,000 jobs over the last five years," Beshear said. "That translates to more spending and jobs in small and large communities across the state. I'm proud that our work with the tourism industry has been so successful."
The release of the figures coincides with National Travel and Tourism Week, celebrated May 2-10 this year. This is the first time the tourism impact figure has exceeded $13 billion.
The annual survey also showed that tourism supported 179,963 jobs in Kentucky in 2014 - an increase of 4,217 jobs from the previous year. These jobs generated more than $2.9 billion in wages for Kentucky workers, an increase of nearly $123 million from the previous year.
Tourism generated $1.37 billion in tax revenues for local and state governments in 2014, an increase from $1.31 billion in 2013. The report was produced by Certec Inc., of Versailles. For more details about the economic impact study, including county-level expenditures, visit www.kentuckytourism.com/industry and look under recent reports.
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.
By Dan Fay
In a recent joint meeting of the Greater Louisville Hotel & Lodging Association and the KHLA, Smith Travel presented results for Kentucky thru May. The state?s occupancy grew 4.6% and ADR 4.8% over the prior year. This represents a 9.6% growth in RevPar over the same period. This compares favorably to the total U.S., which had 8.1% growth in RevPar. Louisville led the pack with a 12 pt. RevPar increase over the prior year, followed by Lexington at 10.5% RevPar growth. Smith Travel said they see no end in sight, for RevPar growth. We are 57 months into the cycle, and they feel this could continue into the future.
As an association, we are only as strong as our members. Hotels must be engaged in the industry and the political process, to reap maximum benefit. You can help by being active and talking to hotels in your area, which do not participate in the association and encourage them to join.
We have a legislative session coming up, which is a budget year. It is anticipated that there will be a number of thorny issues, which could have serious impact on our industry. We are beginning to formulate legislative strategies and craft possible positions before the session begins in January. Please continue to advise us of your concerns, so we can incorporate your thoughts into our positions.
Please make sure to mark your calendar for our Annual Meeting scheduled November 17th& 18th, at The Brown Hotel in Louisville. The agenda continues to expand. We have a number of educational sessions lined up to provide new insight into our industry and your business. As always, the Stars of the Industries will be recognized at our noon luncheon. I look forward to seeing you there.
Economic Impact of Hotels