From Our Blog

Seguin – “It’s Real”

May, 30 2017

When you think of the word “real” often times the synonym “authentic” comes to mind. This holds true for our feature city Seguin. Seguin is one of the oldest towns… Read more »

Legislative Action Summit 2017

May, 30 2017

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) joined forces on May 17-18 as nearly 500 hoteliers from across the country come to… Read more »

Child Labor Laws 2017

May, 30 2017

With the summer season comes increased interest in hiring high school aged employees to work in hotel properties.  If you are seeking to hire any employees under the age of… Read more »

What Can Hospitality Employers Expect from the Trump Administration?

May, 30 2017

Peering Into a Very Murky Crystal Ball By Stephen J. Roppolo Regional Managing Partner – Houston Some things seem pretty clear: at least from a fiscal standpoint, the White House… Read more »

2017 Hotel Administration Bills

April, 26 2017

2017 Legislative Session:  Hotel Administration Bills April Update   Below is a summary of filled bills THLA is tracking that affect various aspects of general hotel operations.   ADA related… Read more »

Jefferson – “Queen of the Bayou”

April, 26 2017

If you are looking for a real history lesson this month, then look no further than Jefferson. Jefferson, located in Marion County, is located on Big Cypress Creek and Caddo… Read more »

Short Course Almuni Q&A Meet Ally Harkrider

April, 25 2017

The first week of January in Houston is a special one. We dedicate this week to elevating our industry stars into superstars! Since 1940, THLA is the only state association… Read more »

April 2017 Legislative Update

April, 25 2017

We are nearing the final month of the Regular Texas Legislative Session.  Sine die on Memorial Day, May 29th, and we are now well past the March bill filing deadline.… Read more »

THLA, AHLA, Local Hoteliers Meet with Congressman Carter

April, 25 2017

Returning for his second “Heart of the House” tour hosted by the local hotel industry, Congressman John Carter (R-TX-31) visited the Austin Marriott North to tour the property, meet with… Read more »

Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District: Showing Unparalleled ROI for Dallas Hotels

April, 13 2017

The latest statistics on the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District show a current ROI of $26 in room nights for every dollar the District is spending in DTPID funds for… Read more »

2017 Legislative Update – Hotel Tax Bills

March, 28 2017

Hotel Occupancy Tax Bills – 2017 Legislative Session   This legislative session, over 50 bills were filed that directly affect local hotel occupancy taxes. Here is a summary of the… Read more »

March 2017 Legislative Update

March, 28 2017

Texas Legislature March 2017 Update During each legislative session, THLA monitors every bill that is filed at the Legislature to determine whether it would have an impact on the Texas… Read more »

AHLA 2017 Lodging Industry by the Numbers

March, 28 2017

The American Hotel & Lodging Association just released it’s 2017 Economic Impact Study conducted by Oxford Economics. The data reveals the hotel and lodging industry as a powerful driver of… Read more »

THLA Tips – Wellness Tourism

February, 28 2017

THLA Tips – Wellness Tourism Many finicky travelers are just looking for a good night's sleep, a long hot bath, maybe a little aromatherapy, or a rejuvenating getaway.  Do you… Read more »

Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

February, 28 2017

Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace By Justin Bragiel, THLA General Counsel Hotels should be educated on how to avoid allegations of discrimination by pregnant employers.  Here are some basic facts… Read more »

2017 Legislative Session: February Update

February, 28 2017

2017 Texas Legislative Session:  February Update It’s the end of February, and the 2017 Texas Legislative Session rounds out its second month.  February moves quickly with bill filing, committee formation,… Read more »

AAHOA National Convention San Antonio 2017

February, 28 2017

Register for the 2017 AAHOA National Convention & Trade Show – San Antonio April 11, 2017 — April 14, 2017 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas The… Read more »

ADA Drive-by Lawsuit Reform

February, 28 2017

At Hotel Industry’s Urging, Texas Legislature Takes Up ADA Drive-by Lawsuit Reform By Brian Sullivan, THLA Associate General Counsel Drive-by ADA lawsuits are a recurring problem for businesses across the… Read more »

2017 Legislative Session:  Hotel Administration Bills

February, 23 2017

Bill Tracking Report Texas Hotel & Lodging Assn.Bill Status Report 03-28-2017 – 16:42:55 – Action in the date range    – Link to Related Information   ( ) – Priority Hotel Administration

2017 Legislative Session:  Local Government Bills

February, 23 2017

Bill Tracking Report Texas Hotel & Lodging Assn.Bill Status Report 03-28-2017 – 16:45:24 – Action in the date range    – Link to Related Information   ( ) – Priority Local Gov’t

2017 Legislative Session: Hotel Occupancy Tax Bills

February, 23 2017

Bill Tracking Report Texas Hotel & Lodging Assn.Bill Status Report 03-28-2017 – 16:46:02 – Action in the date range    – Link to Related Information   ( ) – Priority Tax – Hotel… Read more »

February 2017 Legislative Update

February, 23 2017

Texas Legislature February 2017 Update During each legislative session, THLA monitors every bill that is filed at the Legislature to determine whether it would have an impact on the Texas… Read more »

Trending in 2017

January, 31 2017

You need to work a little harder for your lodging to stand out amid all the static. Video, photography, mobile accessibility and membership perks are your best bets for grabbing… Read more »

The Law on Renting Rooms to Minors and Under-Age Guests

January, 31 2017

THLA Legal FAQ:   With spring break, prom season, and graduations fast approaching, lodging operators often call us this time of year with questions about handling underage guests.  This Q&A… Read more »

THLA’s Converge on the Capitol

January, 31 2017

Register Now ! The Converge on the Capitol is a vital opportunity for you and your colleagues to participate in the legislative process. Your visits with your legislative leaders and their… Read more »

Lodging Industry Economic Trends:  January 2017

January, 31 2017

Lodging Industry Economic Trends:  January 2017 See the latest hotel industry performance data, courtesy STR, Inc.  

Texas Legislature Begins 2017 Session

January, 31 2017

Texas Legislature Begins 2017 Session   Last month, we brought you the preview of THLA’s 2017’s legislative agenda. Here is what has been happening underneath the Capitol dome since the start… Read more »

2017 Short Course and Advanced Short Course Recap

January, 31 2017

Another Great Year for Both Short Course and Advanced Short Course!             The 72nd Annual Short Course and the 11th Annual Advanced Short Course welcomed the… Read more »