Per Diem Rates for 2015
US General Services Administration has established per diem rates for 2015. Click here for details.
Stars of the Industry Awards Nominations
The call for Stars of the Industry and Garner B. Hanson Hotelier of the Year award nominations is out and we are looking for your input. Is there someone in your organization you would like to nominate for one of these awards? In addition to the Garner B. Hanson Hotelier of the Year Award, we are seeking stars of the industry in the following categories: Maintenance, Housekeeping, Front Desk and Food & Beverage. Click for details. Application

President's Message
By Dan Fay
We are more than halfway through the summer season now and rates and occupancy seem be trending upward statewide.  An increased level of travel is obvious to anyone who has been on the interstate recently.  The roadways seem to be very busy, regardless of the city you are traveling through.   

Through May, Smith Travel reported a 10% increase in RevPar over the prior year.  These results are generated from an occupancy increase of 4.9% over the prior year, and an ADR increase of 4.8%.  Slowly but surely rates are rising.  Demand continues to grow, and increased in the month of May by 5.9% compared to the same month of the prior year.  A slow increase in new supply has helped generate this occupancy, as the supply only increased 0.9%. 

As of this writing, the June Star Reports are not out, but there are reports of 9%+ increases in RevPar.  If this continues, we believe we will report a good summer season statewide.   

As an association, we are meeting with legislators around the state, before the General Session work starts in the fall.  We are using this as an opportunity to familiarize them with of our business and the importance we serve in the economy.  We are the second largest business in Kentucky, with large numbers of employees and the associated taxes generated from employment costs, as well as real estate ownership.  We are trying to paint a clear picture for the lawmakers, so they will be interested in our important industry, when the legislative session begins. 

You have seen that our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19th in Lexington, KY.  Plans for the meeting are progressing well, and we have already lined up a good program of speakers.  In addition to the education aspect of the program, we will also honor our Stars of the Industry and Hotelier of the Year.  Nomination forms are out, and we hope you will participate nominating worthy individuals for these awards, so your associates gets the recognition they deserve. We hope your summer is as good as the industry is shaping up.  I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming Kentucky Hotel & Lodging Event.

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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.

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‚Äôs economy in 2012.