From Our Blog
Hotels 2022 – Spotty Recovery or Roaring Rebound?February, 24 2022
Some forecasters predict travelers’ wanting to make up for lost time, others predict a more spotty recovery.
The Hotel Occupancy Tax “Permanent Resident” ExemptionFebruary, 24 2022
There are often questions about whether the permanent resident exemption to the state and local hotel occupancy tax applies to a given situation, and at what point in time the… Read more »
Ten Reasons You Can’t Resist GarlandFebruary, 23 2022
From Culture to Cowhides, here are 10 Reasons you Can’t Resist Garland
Federal news: Supreme Court blocks federal vaccine mandate for large employers; OSHA pulls down emergency ruleJanuary, 28 2022
Following a January 13, 2022 U.S. Supreme Court blocking OSHA’s vaccine emergency temporary standard (ETS) from taking effect for employers with 100 or more employees, OSHA formally withdrew the ETS… Read more »
Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Training: January UpdateJanuary, 28 2022
Training Programs: As THLA previously reported, Texas’s new human trafficking prevention training requirement for hotel employees formally took effect on January 1st. The new law is administered by the Texas… Read more »
Alternative AccommodationsJanuary, 27 2022
The characteristics of lodging is changing. Read about alternative accommodations.
Port Aransas – Live the Island Life!January, 26 2022
Proudly anchored in tradition, generations of Texans have made the laid-back coastal town their annual vacation destination. Discover ‘Port A’
Hotel Industry Trends 2022December, 29 2021
The pandemic affected the hospitality and travel industries more than most an compelled them to innovate and adapt. See top trends for 2022
Granbury Texas, Restore YourselfDecember, 28 2021
There are so many ways to restore yourself in Granbury, Texas, voted the Best Historic Small Town in America by the readers of USA Today, THREE years in a row.
Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Training Law Takes EffectDecember, 28 2021
The Texas hotel industry, in coordination with the major hotel brands and the American Hotel & Lodging Association, advocated for the passage of the Texas human trafficking prevention training legislation.
Common Record Retention Time PeriodsDecember, 21 2021
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 keep.
Child Care Scholarships- Opportunities for Hospitality WorkersNovember, 30 2021
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is providing extra help to the service industry, which was hit hard by the pandemic, by providing 12 months of free child care to low-income parents who are employed in the service industry.
Personalized and Purposeful ExperiencesNovember, 29 2021
Data trends confirm over 80% of consumers prefer brands offering them personalized experiences.
In the post-pandemic environment, travelers seek informed and purposeful experiences.
Personalization is not a perk, it’s expected.
Video Stories for HotelsOctober, 27 2021
Video offers hotels a great opportunity to immerse their guests in their individual stories and to showcase their amenities through their website.
The Third Legislative Session Ended with a Big Win for the Texas Lodging IndustryOctober, 27 2021
We are pleased to report that in Section 2 of SB 8, the Texas Legislature appropriated $180 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to the Governor’s office… Read more »
September 2021 COVID-19 Federal Vaccine Mandate: Things to knowSeptember, 27 2021
October 11th Update: Governor’s Executive Order On October 11th, Governor Abbott issued an executive order that states, “No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any… Read more »
Federal Per Diem Rates Maintained at FY2021 LevelsAugust, 27 2021
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… Read more »
Grants available for EV Charging Stations- Deadline ApproachingAugust, 27 2021
We are excited to inform you about a state and federal grant/tax credit opportunity for hotels that are interested in installing “charging stations” for electric vehicles. Electric Vehicles (EV’s) are… Read more »
THLA Virtual Interactive Webinar Series: Best of THLA Short Course Session 3July, 29 2021
THLA is excited to offer the second no-cost virtual interactive webinar series, each session featuring one of our three top-rated speakers from our award-winning THLA Short Course.
Going Beyond the Brand: Personal Branding for Leaders
Top Short Course Speaker Karen McCullough, Thursday, July 15th: 2pm – 3:30pm
Deep in the Heart of the Texas Hill Country – BlancoJuly, 29 2021
Blanco, Texas is a unique and beautiful gem in the famous Texas Hill Country. A small town with a big heart, Blanco is the perfect place to explore all of… Read more »