Congratulations to all of the nominees, finalists, and winners of the 2017 Ordinary Awards. The event was a great success. Something we could not have accomplished without YOU! From all your nominations, to your cheering and applause for the winners, this was truly a celebration befitting of our industry.
On behalf of the VRLTA Staff, Awards Committee, and Board we can not thank you enough for your support! We already can't wait for the Third Annual in 2018.
2017 Ordinary Awards Winners Announced
VRLTA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 VRLTA Ordinary Awards. Recipients were honored at a special dinner at The Westin Richmond on October 2, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. The winners were announced in front of a sold out audience of more than 175 hospitality and travel industry peers and leaders from across the state.
This was VRLTA’s second consecutive year hosting the Ordinary Awards, which were sponsored by Visit Fairfax, Virginia Business, and Woodford Reserve, which is the evening’s exclusive bourbon sponsor.
Fall 2017 Inside Virginia Hospitality Available Online
As much we hate to see Summer go, Fall has finally arrived. As we all start to pull out fall jackets and sweaters, we are excited to roll out the Fall 2017 issue of Inside Virginia Hospitality. Highlights from the issue include:
Kings Dominion's Huge Announcements;
Securing Your Payment Processing: Two Year's After the EMV Requirement;
What You Can Do to Help Save the J-1 Visa Program;
Improving Food Safety in the Commonwealth;
Member and Chapter/Regional Updates and much more.
During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15, 2017) the National Restaurant Association is helping Red Lobster highlight some of their best employees. For the profiles, Red Lobster has compiled some of their most compelling success stories from around the country. One is right here in our backyard, from Northern Virginia. So without further ado, meet...Mariano Tatenco
Join the National Restaurant Association and the Animal Agriculture Alliance for a day of farm tours on the eastern shore of Maryland. You'll have the opportunity to see modern animal agriculture and get your questions answered about animal welfare, sustainability, antibiotic use and other hot topics.
The tour will depart from the Animal Agriculture Alliance office in Arlington, VA (metro access and garage parking are available) around 7:00 AM and return by 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.
If you have questions, please contact Hannah Thompson-Weeman, vice president of communications, via email or phone (301-471-6746). We hope you can make it!
Friday, October 27, 2017 from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Animal Agriculture Alliance 2101 Wilson Blvd, Suite 810B Arlington, VA 22201
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Virginia Beach Hotel Association — October Lunch 'n Learn
Guest Speaker Raquel Ortiz, Senior Analytics Manager for STR, will review past and future trends In the Hampton Roads Market Place. Sponsored by Mobil Satellite Technologies.
October 19, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Oceanfront (3315 Atlantic Avenue).
$30 for Member, $50 for Non-Member
Checks payable to the VBHA; Contact Diana.firstname.lastname@example.org
Gala Honoring Howard Feiertag’s Lifetime Contribution to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
The Pamplin College of Business Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management requests the honor of your presence for a Gala Honoring Howard Feiertag’s Lifetime Contribution to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.
Join nearly 400 hospitality industry leaders, as well as Virginia Tech Hospitality and Tourism Management alumni, students, and faculty for a gala honoring the lifetime contributions of Howard Feiertag to the hospitality industry.
The evening will include a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a seated dinner and scholarship presentations. Three industry titans will share the stage as guest speakers.
Transient lodging taxes generate more than $150,000 locally, but two Orange County bed and breakfast owners are asking local government to level the playing field for them in an economy increasingly filled with short-term rental homes and rooms.
In August, local innkeepers Jack North and Jay Billie presented their concerns to the Orange County Planning Commission. They provided an overview on short-term lodging in the county, as well as suggestions on how all lodging providers could adhere to a consistent set of regulations. Both North and Billie have played a vital role in statewide conversations about transient lodging and the growth of the short-term rental market, advocating for equal treatment for all lodging facilities, especially Airbnbs.
McDonald's burgers and eating vegan have never quite gone together, but if McDonald's Finland has its way, that just may change. Just announced, the new burger will be called the McVegan, which is somehow simultaneously a no-brainer and a word that feels very, very wrong, and will be made with a soy patty.
Vegans hoping to try a McDonald's burger and/or McDonald's fans hoping to try the McVegan will have a pretty limited window to participate in the trial, however, as the burger will only be offered at a McDonald's in Tampere, Finland from October 4 through November 21. Though if you can’t book a ticket in time, McDonald's Finland Marketing Director Christoffer Rönnblad did say that the fries served in the country's McDonalds are completely vegan as well, according to vegan blog Veggie Athletic.
Modern hospitality: Striking the right balance between high-tech and human
From iPad ordering to robot concierges, technology is automating many aspects of dining and hotel experiences – and freeing up staff to provide more personalized service.
At some Aloft hotels, a robot butler known as Botlr delivers room service and towels to guests, leaving staff to deal with more complex queries. In CitizenM hotels, guests bypass front desk queues at self check-in kiosks with hotel ambassadors to answer any questions, while at the Andaz West Hollywood, personal greeters take guests through an iPad check-in over a coffee or glass of wine.
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