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VHTA News for May 27, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015  
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Important Dates

June 5, 2015June Government Affairs Update — Join this call & catch up on all things gov't affairs.
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June 10, 2015Virginia Beach Vendor Expo — VBRA vendors will be on hand showcasing their products and services. More Info »

July 23, 2015Regional Business Series–Crozet — Join us at King Family Vineyards in Crozet for the first of five meetings bringing local business owners together to discuss state & regional business topics & issues. More Info »  

August 11, 2015Regional Business Series–Purcellville — The series' second meeting moves to Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, join us to discuss issues impacting your business. More Info »  

August 23, 2015Regional Business Series–Bedford — The Bedford Welcome Center is the site for the third gathering in our Regional Business Series. More Info »  

August 31–September 2, 2015Hospitality Forum & Member Meeting — Save the date for our next meeting to be held in Williamsburg. More info coming soon.

November 15–17, 20152015 VA-1 Tourism Summit — Save the date for this year's VA-1 Summit in Richmond. More info coming soon.

More Events Coming Soon — Membership Mixers, the 2015 Regional Tourism Summit Series, and more to be announced soon.

FTC Seeking Public Comment

FTC is seeking Public Comments on the "Sharing" Economy — peer-to-peer platforms we typically associate with the Short Term Online Rental Market (STORM). We encourage our members to provide the FTC with your thoughts on this topic, here.

Sharing Economy Workshop on June 9The “Sharing” Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators

The Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop to explore issues relating to the growing internet peer-to-peer platforms — think STORM — and the economic activity these platforms facilitate. 8:30am to 5:00pm in Washington, DC. More Info »

The workshop will be free and open to the public. To register, please email with your name and organization.

If you can't attend, but would like to watch live, the FTC will be streaming the workshop. Live stream on June 9.

Upcoming ServSafe Classes

• June 8—Richmond Register »

• June 15—Suffolk Register »

• June 24—Richmond Register »

• July 13—Suffolk Register »

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News from VHTA

VHTA Awarded for Meals Tax Campaign
Alongside of our partners at McQuireWoods Consulting, VHTA was honored during last Thursday's 68th Virginia Public Affairs Awards. The team was awarded the Commonwealth Award of Merit in the Public Affairs category for its work on the Stop the Fairfax Meals Tax campaign.

Eric Terry—PRSA RVA Awards

2015 Regional Business Series
VHTA has partnered with several other state associations to bring members this series on state & regional business topics. 5 Dates (from July - September), 5 Locations. Check out the links on the left for the first 3 dates and locations or the calendar on

2015 Regional Business Series

Federal Overhaul On Overtime Exemption
Several members have inquired on the Department of Labor's impending changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations. The proposed changes could significantly increase the number of employees nationwide who qualify for overtime pay.
VHTA supports the NRA's position that any changes should be incremental in nature. There is a danger in sweeping changes that could limit employee flexibility, career opportunities, and incentive for upward movement by employers that will be carefully monitoring payroll related expenses. An initial ruling is expected this summer.

Want More Info? The NRA co-leads the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity which published a Fact Sheet & Talking Points.

Worth A Read

Why the tourism industry wants Prince William hotel rates to go up
According to the GSA, the per diem rate in Washington D.C. is $177 off peak – $229 per night during peak occupancy. Fairfax also has the same rate. But for Prince William, the rate is only $85 a night. (Potomac Local — 5/12/2015)  Read the full article »

The Restaurant Industry, on the Minimum Wage  Dawn Sweeney, President of the National Restaurant Association, responds to NY's Gov. regarding minimum wage and circumventing the legislative process.
(The New York Times — 5/14/2015)
Read Sweeney's Letter to the Editor »

New Law Expands Food Truck Operation in Virginia   Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe went to Tysons Corner Monday to sign a new law allowing food trucks to expand where they operate. An old Virginia law made it illegal for food trucks to operate on many streets. They had to find pop-up parks or get creative.
(NBC4 Washington — 5/18/2015)
Read the full article »

SpiceSea Gourmet — Charlottesville, VA
SpiceSea Gourmet :: Charlottesville

2015 NRA Show Recap
The 2015 NRA show is officially in the books. Check out this page for a recap of blog posts and social media from the Show. Recap »

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