From Our Blog
THLA Summer Camps RecognizedJanuary, 23 2023
ISHA’s national award given to a program or project that best demonstrates an effective training mechanism and enhances knowledge of our travel & tourism industry.
What is Hotel Occupancy Tax?January, 15 2023
Occupancy tax is a tax on the rental of rooms that the city, county, state or country may require; it is generally owed on the price of accommodations & generally paid by the guest.
Eagle Pass – The Best Border Town in TexasDecember, 29 2022
If you’re looking for a tranquil place to relax, do some shopping, play golf, and perhaps try your luck at a game of chance, Eagle Pass is the place for you.
Hotel Industry Trends for 2023December, 29 2022
Digital Transformation and Automation, Personalization and Sustainability will continue to trend in 2023.
2023 Texas Legislative Session – Our IssuesDecember, 22 2022
Read about hotel occupancy tax, full funding for state tourism promotion, STR preemption and other issues THLA will adddress in 2023
Legislative UpdateDecember, 21 2022
Bill pre-filing is underway, and THLA is preparing for the 2023 Texas legislative session.
As of December 21st, 1,457 bills have been filed, which is already a sharp increase from two years ago.
Video Marketing for Hotels – the Rise of TikTok and Instagram ReelsNovember, 30 2022
Expedia predicts 82% of all internet consumer traffic in the hospitality industry will have been video focused.
Here are some general best practices to make video a solid cornerstone of your marketing strategy.
12 Tips for Hotel Holiday Marketing 2022October, 28 2022
As the travel industry continues its rebound, pent-up wanderlust may see more travelers considering ‘Hotel for the Holidays’, presenting more opportunities for hotels.See our 12 Tips for Holiday Marketing.
Holidays Around the Bay!October, 27 2022
Bay Area Houston, a charming region nestled between the big-city allure of Houston and the beaches of Galveston, is gearing up for the Holidays!
2022 Hotel Summer Camps RecapOctober, 26 2022
The Texas Hotel and Lodging Association (THLA) is proud to present a recap of its High School Three-Day Hotel Summer camps hosted in Houston at the Hilton University of Houston and in Dallas at the Westin Galleria Dallas, during the month of June.
How to Bring the Business Traveler Back to Your HotelSeptember, 29 2022
While leisure travel has almost fully recovered to pre-pandemic levels, the lucrative business traveler has been slower to rebound. Recent predictions, however, promise a robust return of the business traveler in 2023.
Palestine Texas, Where the Dogwoods BloomSeptember, 28 2022
Centrally located between Dallas and Houston, know for their Piney Woods full of blooming dogwoods,make sure Palestine is on your getaway shortlist!
Updated Texas Travel Industy Recovery Program DetailsSeptember, 27 2022
Approved applicants may now receive up to $250,000 per applicant/taxpayer ID. Applications start September 1st!
Hurricane Resouces for HotelsSeptember, 10 2022
Register your property to participate in FEMA’s Emergency Lodging Assistance Program (ELA). Hotels can seek direct payment for the rooms from FEMA’s agent, Corporate Lodging Consultants (CLC).
Getaway to Georgetown this FallSeptember, 9 2022
Close your eyes and set the scene: a picturesque Fall stroll on ‘The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas!’
Google’s New Search Algorithm and How it Affects HotelsSeptember, 8 2022
Google’s New Search Algorithm and How it Affects Hotels
Google launched a new search engine algorithm update this August, further fine-tuning relevant high-quality content search results.
THLA Partners with Adesso CapitalAugust, 24 2022
THLA is proud to announce a partnership with Adesso Capital to help Texas hoteliers access much-needed federal pandemic recovery funds.
GSA releases FY 2023 per diem ratesAugust, 24 2022
The federal General Services Agency (GSA) just announced new federal lodging per diem rates for Fiscal Year 2023
Hotel Management Books to Read, Summer 2022August, 24 2022
Hopefully, you have some time to lounge by a lake or a pool during this sweltering summer and read a good book. Even if you’re only camping out by your breezy AC, it’s still a good time to catch up on your hospitality knowledge.
Navasota – So much, so close!August, 22 2022
Being a charming and historic community, Navasota frequently attracts visitors and residents alike that are looking for fun weekend activities.
Lubbock – the “Hub City”June, 20 2022
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.
Hurricane Resouces for Hotel GuestsMay, 19 2022
Are you a storm evacuee in need of financial assistance for lodging? We suggest contacting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA )
Snyder Texas – Southern Hospitality at its BestApril, 27 2022
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.
Human Trafficking Prevention Training UpdateApril, 26 2022
In the 2021 Legislative Session, the State Legislature passed HB 390, requiring all employees at hotels with more than 10 rooms receive annual training on preventing human trafficking activity.
Supreme Court ruling upholds cities’ ability to regulate advertising signageApril, 26 2022
City regulations governing business signage have a big impact on hotel construction, remodeling, and general operations.
Make Your Hotel Instagram WorthyMarch, 31 2022
From compelling exteriors showcasing unique architecture and locations to interesting interiors, to themed rooms, noteworthy amenities, and photo-ready food and drink, hoteliers must keep a constant opportunistic eye out for experiences and visuals worth sharing.
Buda Texas, Breathe Easy HereMarch, 30 2022
Located 15 minutes south of Downtown Austin, Buda is known for small-town charm and homegrownroots in the midst of a metropolis.
Common Record Retention Time PeriodsMarch, 28 2022
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 keep.
Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Training: January UpdateMarch, 28 2022
Texas’s new human trafficking prevention training requirement for hotel employees formally took effect on January 1st. The Texas Office of the Attorney General requires to train employees on recognizing human trafficking activity.