Legislative Issues Update
With the Kentucky Legislature in session, our lobbyists are busy monitoring all legislation that affects the hotel industry. They are working in tandem with KTIA, KACVB and KRA. To keep up-to-date on their progress, click here.

Member News - March
KH&LA welcomes our newest member – The Holiday Inn Express Lexington Northeast. Manish Patel is the GM of the property.

Barren River Lake State Resort Park is starting a new program this spring – canoe trips! The three hour tour includes everything you need including lessons in basic canoe techniques. This fun adventure is great for a family reunion, corporate retreat or other group meeting. Reservations required. Call the park for details at 800.325.0057.

Member News - February
Chervall Ross was awarded the Associate of the Year at Hampton Inn Cincinnati Riverfront at their annual Achievement Awards Luncheon on February 13, 2014. Chervall was one of our Associates of the Month for 2013 and voted by peers to win this prestigious award. Chervall started in our housekeeping department and moved into Guest Service Agent with a great "can do" attitude and excellent customer service!

Residence Inn Cincinnati Airport would like to recognize Guest Service Agent Mrs. Robin Jones, who was awarded the 2013 Associate of the Year at Residence Inn Cincinnati Airport's annual Achievement Awards Luncheon on January 29, 2014. Mrs. Robin Jones was also Associate of the Year in 2011. Robin said that this award “means so much to her, because this respected award was voted on by the employees.” Here at Residence Inn, we are all proud of her and thankful to her outstanding customer service and her lead by example attitude!

Mrs. Jones started her career at Residence Inn Cincinnati Airport for Commonwealth Hotels 4 years ago and just recently on February 19th was promoted to the Bistro Supervisor at Commonwealth’s Courtyard Cincinnati Airport. We believe in promoting within and Mrs. Jones is an shining example of that and we wish her the best!

Member News - January
Jim Wood has resigned as the president of the Louisville CVB effective January 28. Karen Williams, the former vice president of the bureau has been named interim president.

Jim MacFarlane, GM of the Courtyard Cincinnati Airport reports that they are in the process of going through a complete renovation in their guest rooms and hallways. They are about three quarters of the way there. The rooms are looking GREAT; members are invited to stop by to see them sometime. On January 30th the Courtyard Cincinnati Airport will be announcing our Associate of the Year for 2013.

Substantial renovations have been made at the Homewood Suites Lexington-Hamburg, and are currently underway at the Residence Inn Louisville Airport. Both of these properties are managed by Commonwealth Hotels, LLC.

In the 4th quarter Hampton Inn Louisville Airport hired Amber Tierney as their Director of Sales. Amber was previously the Director of Sales for our Residence Inn O’Fallon and prior to that was the Director of Sales for the Courtyard in her hometown of Lima Ohio.

Joining the management team at the Hyatt Place Lexington-Hamburg is Samantha Dennis. Also joining the Hyatt Place was Nicky Helton, who previously worked as a night auditor for the Crown Plaza Lexington and Fairfield Inn.

John Nicholson, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park since June 1, 1997, announced his retirement today, effective April 30. Nicholson is the longest-serving executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park in its 35-year history, and has served at its helm during its greatest period of growth – garnering world-wide recognition for the facility

Changes in 2014 Membership Dues and Billing
2014 will bring several changes to the organization’s dues: how dues are billed, how dues are paid and the fees for hotelier members.

First of all, the change in dues structure for hotelier members. Starting January 1, there will be two categories for hotel dues:
Hotels with 1 to 50 rooms will pay a flat fee of $225
- Hotels with 51 rooms or more will pay $6 per room

This new structure reduces a somewhat overcomplicated system of eight fee options to two fees. The new structure will actually reduce the membership dues of a number of members. The dues for Allied and Associate members will remain unchanged in 2014.

As for the billing of dues for the new year, the process has changed. Dues invoices will now be sent to all members electronically. We will only be sending dues invoices through the USPS to members who do not have email addresses on file with us.  For the first time, members have the option of paying dues online with a credit card. You will receive instructions on how to login and process the payment. Paying by check, of course, is still an option.


KH&LA Annual Meeting Program
The new KH&LA held its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 20th at the Crowne Plaza Airport in Louisville. It was a fantastic event filled with education, the annual business meeting and a luncheon. Awards were presented, featuring the Stars of the Industry Awards and the Garner Hanson Hotelier of the Year Award. The luncheon also featured a recognition of retired Executive Director Ray Gillespie, who served the organization for more than 30 years!

  • (L-R) Troy Beam, Laura Cole and Fred James

  • (L-R) Scott Hagan and Lee Conrad.

  • (L-R) John Shake, Chip Miles, Gary McCormick, John Paul

  • (L-R) KH&LA Board Members Bill Abner, Sandra Wilson and Greg Davis

  • (L-R) Annual Meeting Presenters Robert Lambert and John Kirk

  • KH&LA Executive Director Greg Jewell and staff member Brian Calvert

  • Greg Jewell opens the 2013 Annual Meeting

  • Attendees at the 2013 Annual Meeting

  • ERISA Attorney John Kirk discussed the Affordable Care Act

  • (L-R) KH&LA Lobbyists Tom Underwood and Riggs Lewis of The Rotunda Group

  • (L-R) KH&LA Board Member Jim Seitz and Lynn Manning

  • (L-R) Gerry van der Meer and KH&LA President Bill Abner

  • Stars of the Industry Luncheon at the Crowne Plaza

  • Hotelier of the Year Award

  • Special Recognition for retired Executive Director Ray Gillespie

  • (L-R) Becky Peden and Carol Smith

  • (L-R) Chip Miles, Ray Gillespie and Bill Abner

  • Lana and Ray Gillespie, who were honored at the awards luncheon

  • The team from the Historic Boone Tavern

  • The team from the Mammoth Cave Hotel

  • The team from the Residence Inn Cincinnati Airport

  • The team from the Hampton Inn Cincinnati Airport

  • The team from Commonwealth Hotels


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:

• 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.

Touting the Economic Clout of the Hotel Industry in KY

KH&LA facilitated a hard hat tour of the new Owensboro Hampton Inn Downtown with KY Senator Joe Bowen (center of the photo) Malcolm Bryant, owner of the new hotel property and hotel General Manager, John Morton, CHA. The hotel is a private development that will add to the local enhancements the city of Owensboro has implemented recently.

The tour was designed to bring awareness to the senator of the strength of the economic impact of the hotel industry in Kentucky. What better way to do that than to give him a prime example in his own back yard. Evansville station WFIE covered the event for its midday news.

The Hampton Inn & Suites will feature 150 rooms consisting of suites and large studios. The hotel will be a LEED certified property and will even have a car charging station and green plant roof. It will employ approximately 100 individuals from the local area and is scheduled to open mid December 2013.

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