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.
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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
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
2015 continues to be a great year, for the hotel industry. Across the country and in Kentucky, we are seeing record RevPar increases. By all accounts, occupancy is has just about reached its maximum, so there should be significant rate increases next year.
The national numbers on supply are somewhat modest, but we are seeing a lot of room additions in some markets. This will serve to reduce the occupancy numbers that we are enjoying, but we should be operating at a better rate, and hopefully continue to see RevPar growth.
A lot of the KHLA's activity has been centered around government affairs in Frankfort. This past year; however, we have seen several threats throughout the state.
* Louisville passed a minimum wage bill, which is being contested in Court.
* Lexington considered a city wide minimum wage, and at least for the time being, this has been tabled.
* The Governor signed an Executive Order mandating a $10.10 minimum wage for those with state contracts. We are working to obtain an interpretation of that Order. We are told it does not affect hotels, who host periodic meetings, but we are trying to get specifics so there is not a wage & hour problem in the future.
* The City of Louisville drafted a Nuisance Ordinance directed toward hotels. The proposed ordinance could have serious consequences for hotels. After a few complaints, the proposed legislation calls for cancelling Certificates of Occupancy, Business Licenses, and shutting off utilities. As you know, that would lead to default on mortgages, franchise agreements, and create multi-million dollar problems.
Through our lobbyist and the Greater Louisville Lodging Association, we were able to weigh in on this matter. For the time being it has been tabled. We should have input into any future proposal.
I am making you aware of these matters, because it seems that it is more important than ever that hoteliers stand together and have a united front against these many actions. They can seriously injure our industry.
I hope you will consider inviting your friends and other key owners and operators to become KHLA members. We are living in dangerous times, and need to stand together.
Economic Impact of Hotels