August 7, 2015 — August Government Affairs Update — Join us from 2:00 to 3:00pm for this month's GA update. Call Details »
Aug. 11, 2015 — Regional Business Series Purcellville — $30, Friday is your last day to sign up. Register Today »
August 27, 2015 — Nationals Game and Reception — $40, Join VHTA for an afternoon reception followed by the Nationals vs. Padres game. More Info & Registration »
Aug. 1 – Sept. 1, 2015 — Fall Member Meeting & Commonwealth Hospitality Forum — Registration is now open for our fall meeting. More Info & Registration »
Share Our Strength
VHTA Joins Share Our Strength in the Fight Against Childhood Hunger
We invite all our members to help bring hundreds of millions of meals to hungry kids in the U.S. by registering to participate in this September's Dine Out For No Kid Hungry. Interested members can sign up on the Dine Out website, and the No Kid Hungry team will work with you to craft events and promotions that benefit your restaurant and the organization. DineOutForNoKidHungry.com
Heartland Payment Systems is an endorsed partner of VHTA and the NRA. Heartland offers a complete suite of services, including card processing, payroll services, tip & check management, and gift marketing. With Heartland, restaurants and hotels can reduce expenses, enhance & improve operations, and increase profitability.
REGISTRATION OPEN: Fall Member Meeting & Commonwealth Hospitality Forum
August 31–September 1 at Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites
Register now for our all-member meeting & Commonwealth Hospitality Forum—an afternoon of learning and networking. Confirmed speakers include Mark D'Amico from Dana Communications (The State of Search: What’s New. What’s Not.), Darnell Halloway from Yelp (Winning the Hearts & Minds of Customers on Yelp), and The Liquor Lady Melissa Davis (Six Keys to Creating A Buzz Worthy Bar).
A post-forum reception—tastED—will be an educational food & drink event benefiting Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry.
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Worth A Read
Hotel Industry Applauds D.C. Court of Appeals OTC Ruling
The American Hotel & Lodging Association...applauded the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals decision requiring online travel companies to pay more than $60 million in unpaid sales taxes and interest to the District of Columbia, asserting that these companies are liable to pay a sales tax on the amount charged to consumers rather than the amount paid to hotels for rooms. (AH&LA — 7/24/2015) Read the Full Release »
Restaurateurs struggling with wage hike mandates
Howard Nielsen raised prices 3 to 4 percent at his two barbecue restaurants in upstate New York last year and he expects to raise them again by as much as 10 percent in 2016. The reason: to keep up with state-mandated wage increases. (National Restaurant Association — 7/30/2015)
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Virginia unlikely to follow suit as minimum wage increases come to East Coast
This week, New York became the first state on the East Coast to mandate a higher minimum wage for fast-food workers, bringing them to levels seen in West Coast cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, which boast the highest minimum wage in the country. Washington, D.C., could soon follow suit for all its workers.
But in Charlottesville and everywhere else in Virginia, it is unlikely most low-wage, unskilled workers will enjoy a government-mandated pay bump anytime soon. (The Daily Progress — 7/24/2015) Read More »
The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association is the only unified voice for the restaurant, lodging, travel and hospitality suppliers associations. VRLTA creates value for members by promoting the legislative interests of the industry, networking, educational opportunities, and protecting free enterprise.
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