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

As we approach the end of the year, everyone is working on year-end results and business plans for 2015.  At the Lodging Conference last week that was held in Phoenix, AZ, most of the industry forecasters predicted good results for 2014, and are optimistic 2015.   

The RevPar increases over the prior year run from 6.9%, 7.3%, and 7.6%, respectively, among STR, PKF, and PWC reporting.  For 2015, the same forecasters are forecasting RevPar growth of 5.2%, 6.7%, and 6.9%, respectively.  The industry is continuing to grow.   

Demand and occupancy are growing at a time when new supply has not kept pace.  This is giving us the benefit of great occupancies.  For 2014, supply has increased 1%, while demand grew 3.6%.  

For 2015, the gap is predicted to narrow slightly, where supply will rise 1.3% and demand 2.1%.  While demand will slow somewhat, there is still good opportunity for occupancy and rate for 2015.  Most of the Lodging Conference participants are forecasting strong growth next year.  

We want to remind you our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19th.  Details are below.

Annual Meeting Host:  Hilton Lexington Downtown    
Tuesday, November 18th
- Reception (Optional) 

Wednesday, November 19th 
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Vendor Shows 
9:30 a.m. Social Media Strategy
11:30 a.m. A "How To” for Grassroots Lobbying
12:15 p.m. Awards Luncheon 

Please plan to attend this worthwhile meeting, and I look forward to seeing you there.  Last year we renewed this tradition, and it was well received by all in attendance.  We look forward to a repeat performance.

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