KH&LA Annual Meeting
The KH&LA annual meeting is being held November 18th at the Brown Hotel in Louisville. It is a one-day, information-rich educational program that includes the annual Stars of the Industry luncheon and Garner B. Hanson Hotelier of the Year Award. Click here for complete details.
 
GSA Rates for 2016
The General Services Administration in Washington, DC announced the released federal per diem rates for FY 2016. These rates will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2015. The federal government is also changing the policy for the standard continental United States (CONUS) rate. It will now be reviewed every year, rather than every three years. For FY 2016, the lodging rate for CONUS is increasing to $89 per night, from the previous rate of $83.

KH&LA Offers New Member Benefit for Hoteliers
KH&LA has partnered with a company that offers an online survey tool for hoteliers' and we are offering the service to our hotelier members for FREE.

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 wages you pay to other hotels within your specific region.
·         The types of insurance and amount of coverage you provide compared to other hotels.
·         The way other properties comply with the Affordable Care Act.
·         The different perks properties offer their employees.
·         The methods through which other hotels screen employees.

For more information, contact us at info@kyhotellodging.com
 
2015 Stars of the Industry/Hotelier of the Year Nominations
Nominations are open for the KH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards and Hotelier of the Year Award. We are looking for employees who are outstanding in these areas: Maintenance, Housekeeping, Front Desk and Food and Beverage.

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

KY Tourism Economic Impact is UP
The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky amounted to nearly $13.1 billion in 2014. The figure is a 4.4 percent increase from 2013. 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 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.

President's Message
By Dan Fay

 Dear Members:

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.


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.