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VHTA News for May 13, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015  
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In this update

• News & Updates
• Articles Worth A Read
• Important Dates & Events
• AHLA ADA Webinar
• Upcoming ServSafe Classes
• Partner Spotlight

Important Dates

June 5, 2015June Government Affairs Update — Join this call & catch up on all things gov't affairs.
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September 1–2, 2015Early Fall Membership Meeting — Save the date for our next membership meeting 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.

AHLA Webinar

May 28Your Hotel & Top Topics with the American Disabilities Act

As the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) marks its 25th anniversary, we hope you can join this important webinar during which we will cover key compliance issues for the lodging industry and provide practical advice on how to ensure a great stay for your guests with disabilities. • Free to AHLA Members | $99 for nonmembers
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Upcoming ServSafe Classes

• June 8—Richmond Register »

• June 15—Suffolk Register »

• June 24—Richmond Register »

• July 13—Suffolk Register »

Partner Spotlight

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Connexture Energy works exclusively with associations to help members save money on energy costs. Connexture can explain energy deregulation and how they can save you money on electricity and natural gas costs...putting money back into your bottom line. To learn more, contact our dedicated consultant, Patrick Trushell, at

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News from VHTA

Photos from a Great Tourism Week
Last week VHTA, with many of our regional CVBs, celebrated National Travel & Tourism Week. Check out photos from luncheons, awards, and more from around the state on our Facebook page, and don't forget to share yours!  View The Album »

2014 Lodging Facts
AHLA's 2014 Virginia Lodging Overview was just published. Hotels in the commonwealth are directly or indirectly related to 7.3% of the state's jobs. The greater lodging industry generated $1.4 billion in tax revenues.
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AHLA 2014 Lodging Overview

ServSafe No Longer Mailing Paper Certs
As of May 1, ServSafe and VHTA will no longer be mailing paper certificates. If you passed the exam, your certificate will be accessible online for sharing or printing!  Read The FAQs »

Worth A Read

Jones: What travel means to Virginia
Virginians have lots to applaud as we celebrate Travel and Tourism Week May 2-10, 2015. We have more than 250 wineries, 100 breweries, a burgeoning craft cider and spirits industry and some of the most talked-about restaurants and chefs in the country. (Maurice Jones, Richmond Times-Dispatch | 5/6/2015)
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Congress asked to stop tinkering with region’s airports
Members of the Northern Virginia congressional delegation are pleading with colleagues to keep from further fiddling with the delicate balance among the region’s three major airports. (InsideNOVA | 5/6/2015)
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Seattle Restaurants Scramble To Pay A Higher Minimum Wage
In the rough and tumble world of restaurants, Jeremy Hardy considers himself something of a survivor. Hardy's restaurant, Coastal Kitchen, has been a fixture of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood for 20 years. Notoriously low-margin businesses, restaurants have a high failure rate. Hardy says even in good times, running one is like juggling with clubs. (NPR | 5/9/2015)  Read The Full Article »

Coastal Kitchen | Photos Courtesy NPR

Americans Are Drinking Less But Spending More on Fancy Booze
The cost of going out is going up. The culprit this time isn't bars and restaurants that hike up drink prices. It’s the growing number of Americans who intentionally choose more expensive beers, wine, and cocktails. As drinkers get pickier, their bar tabs get more bloated. (BloombergBusiness | 5/8/2015)
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