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...
Hurricane Preparedness for Hotels

Hurricane Preparedness for Hotels

Hurricane season officially began June 1st. Last month, 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...
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...
2021 Texas Legislative Session: Bills we are tracking

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...
THLA proposes bylaws amendment

THLA proposes bylaws amendment

THLA proposes bylaws amendment Texas Hotel & Lodging Association’s board of directors and THLA members in attendance will consider and vote on a minor amendment to the THLA bylaws at the October 26, 2021 annual business meeting the Hilton Palacios del Rio Hotel in...
The Benefits of Contactless Check-in

The Benefits of Contactless Check-in

Even before the Covid pandemic, contactless check-in was a valued feature for travelers.  Contactless check-in and communication allow hotels to adhere to socially distanced travel requirements, minimize touchpoints, increase staff efficiencies, enhance guest...
Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Evacuees making their own travel reservations: Click here for telephone and website contact information for hotel brands with hotels located in Texas. Updated: August 29, 2021 Hurricane Ida update: Hurricane Ida came ashore in Southeast Texas overnight...
Federal Per Diem Rates Maintained at FY2021 Levels

Federal Per Diem Rates Maintained at FY2021 Levels

Each year, the General Services Administration (GSA) sets a per diem rate to reimburse employees’ lodging expenses for official travel within the continental United States.  Normally, GSA calculates per diems based on the average daily rate (ADR) from the previous...
Reserving Hotel Room Blocks for a Wedding

Reserving Hotel Room Blocks for a Wedding

Wedding planning can be exciting…AND stressful. With COVID-related restrictions on the decline, destination weddings involving hotels and out-of-town guests for even the smallest events mean that advance planning by hotel staff is a necessity for almost every...

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