Recruit a Member and 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

 
Stars of the Industry
The hotelier of the year award and the 2014 KH&LA Stars of the Industry awards were handed out in Lexington during the Annual Meeting at the Hilton Lexington Downtown. John Shake, GM of the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport, took home the hotelier of the year award. Check out all the other winners - click here
 
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

Our Annual Meeting was held in Lexington last week. For those of you, who were not able to join us, it was a fantastic meeting.  In the educational session, our speakers discussed Revenue Management Strategies in an easy to understand and implement manner, and talked about "How to Get the Job Done”. 

Our next session on Social Media Strategy showed how hotels can implement their own plan.  Both of these sessions were be very beneficial, for both branded and independent hotels.

Our third session was conducted by our government affairs group.  They reviewed 2014, and great insight into what they feel is coming in 2015.

In our Lunch Session, we discussed the economic importance of the Lodging Industry in the State of Kentucky.  We are a $2.5 Billion Dollar Industry encompassing 530 hotel and 55,000 rooms.  We collectively have a payroll of $500 Million Dollars, making us a very large force in the state.

On the legislative front, we have come to an agreement on a 1% Room Tax Position, with the KACVB, the KRA, and the KTIA.  We hope this will have a major impact on budget sessions going forward.   All organizations have taken a strong and unified position.  We hope to work together on similar measures, in the future.

As the conclusion for the day’s event, we honored key players in our hotels, with our Stars of the Industry Awards, including:

  • Housekeeping Excellence Award

            Tessie Sullivan, Cincinnati Riverfront Hampton Inn

  • The Maintenance Excellence Award

            Phillip Sexton, KY Department of Parks at Greenbo Lake State Park

  • Guest Service Excellence at the Front Desk

            Kate Smith, Marriott Griffin Gate Resort

  • Food Beverage Excellence

            Angel Murphy, Hampton Inn Cincinnati Airport South

The most prestigious award, The Garner B. Hanson Award, was presented to John Shake, of the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport.  This award is only presented to the most deserving hoteliers, who are leaders in our industry. 

Member News
A new President and CEO for KTIA, a new Executive Director for the KY Horse Park and Growth in Bowling Green. Details.

Our Mission

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.