Service Animals in Lodging Properties

Service Animals in Lodging Properties

Hospitality businesses are seeing an increase in guests requesting accommodation for services animals, and members continue to contact us with questions regarding allowing dogs in lodging properties.  To help avoid potential exposure to liability, it is important...
Hurricane Preparedness for Hotels

Hurricane Preparedness for Hotels

Hurricane season officially begins June 1st. Last season, NOAA updated the statistics used to determine when hurricane seasons are above, near, or below average relative to the latest climate record. Based on this update, an average hurricane season produces 14 named...
Common Record Retention Time Periods

Common Record Retention Time Periods

Updated 2021 How long do I need to keep this file? It is a common question we receive. Even in the era of electronic records, it is good practice to establish a policy of how long documents should be retained. This guide covers the most common records that hoteliers...
Port Isabel-Deep Roots in Texas History

Port Isabel-Deep Roots in Texas History

Port Isabel Lighthouse-A Texas Historical Commission State Site. Port Isabel is nestled in extreme south Texas just 2 1/2 miles from the pristine beaches of South Padre Island and all the amenities of a coastal adventure. Port Isabel’s deep roots in Texas...
12 Tips for Hotel Marketing During the Holidays

12 Tips for Hotel Marketing During the Holidays

As travel and economic conditions continue to recover from the global pandemic, this holiday season presents opportunities for hotels to capitalize on what has traditionally been the most lucrative time of the year for many properties. Make your list and check it...
Wellness Tourism 2021

Wellness Tourism 2021

Wellness tourism has been a growing trend for several years, but as we emerge cautiously from our shared pandemic stress, loss, and anxiety, the focus on self-care is keen.  As global restrictions ease, the demand for wellness travel continues to swell. Whether...
2021 Legislative Report

2021 Legislative Report

June 2021 Overview The 2021 Legislative Session produced very important results for the Texas lodging industry.  THLA offered and passed tourism public improvement district (TPID) legislation that provided much needed clarity on how Texas cities with a TPID can...
Longview- Your East Texas Adventure Awaits!

Longview- Your East Texas Adventure Awaits!

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you live nearby or are planning an overnight trip, there are activities to please every member of your party. From museums and live theatre to craft beer and artisan coffee,...
March 2021 Texas Legislative Update

March 2021 Texas Legislative Update

By: Nilesh Patel, Brian Sullivan & Justin Bragiel  We are now more than halfway into the 2021 Texas Legislative Session, committee hearings are in full swing and the action is heating up.    March 12 marked the 60th day of the 2021 Session, the deadline for most...
The Third Legislative Session Ended with a Big Win for the Texas Lodging Industry

2021 Texas Legislative Session: Bills we are tracking

Every legislative session, THLA tracks hundreds of bills that may affect the hotel industry. We want you to see what we see. Here is the list of bills we are following. We update this list as often as possible.  You can click on the bill number to see the bill’s...
Dealing with Lost and Found Property

Dealing with Lost and Found Property

THLA members often contact us with questions about how to handle items that are found on the hotel property.  This article addresses the legal status of found property, and offers some guidance on what lodging properties should do with found property. Found...
Room Pricing During an Emergency

Room Pricing During an Emergency

Room Pricing During a Disaster If the Governor declares a disaster, certain limitations are in effect for the private sector. For lodging operators, we advise that a hotel not raise its rates to levels that are higher than the rates the hotel would normally charge for...
Lubbock – The “Hub City”

Lubbock – The “Hub City”

Home to world-renowned artists, iconic musicians, a state-of-the-art theater, award-winning wineries, and a diverse selection of cuisine, Lubbock, Texas holds an unexpected find around every corner. Today, we celebrate the genesis of Lubbock’s West Texas charm and way...
Summer 2022 Travel Trends

Summer 2022 Travel Trends

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer travel, and while high gas prices, rising airfare, and inflation may cause travelers to adjust their plans, they will travel this summer. After two years of missed weddings, graduations, reunions, outbound adventures,...
THLA Member Benefits

THLA Member Benefits

Being a member of the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association (THLA) provides you with limitless ways to save significant time and financial resources on a daily basis. As one of the thousands of hotel owners, general managers, franchisees, vendors, suppliers,...
Solo Travel

Solo Travel

While overall travel continues its rebound, traveling solo is one of the biggest post-pandemic travel trends. Whether it’s the pent-up yen for adventure, the hunger to expand their cloistered world, or the need for self-reflection, many travelers aren’t waiting around...
Snyder Texas – Southern Hospitality at its Best

Snyder Texas – Southern Hospitality at its Best

Nestled deep in the heart of West Texas, Snyder is named for merchant and buffalo hunter William Henry (Pete) Snyder, who built a trading post on Deep Creek in 1878. The post attracted fellow hunters and a small settlement grew around it. With dwellings made mostly of...
Make Your Hotel Instagram Worthy

Make Your Hotel Instagram Worthy

Instagram started out as a photography app, but is now a very valuable marketing tool for businesses with Instagram-Worthy content. From compelling exteriors showcasing unique architecture and locations to interesting interiors, to themed rooms, noteworthy amenities,...
Buda Texas, Breathe Easy Here

Buda Texas, Breathe Easy Here

Buda, Texas is located 15 minutes south of Downtown Austin on IH-35. It is known for its ability to offer a taste of small-town charm, holding true to its homegrown roots while in the midst of a growing metropolis. As you drive into town down Main Street, you will...

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