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” Exemption

February, 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 Garland

February, 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 rule

January, 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 Update

January, 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 Accommodations

January, 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 2022

December, 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 Yourself

December, 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 Effect

December, 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 Periods

December, 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 Workers

November, 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 Experiences

November, 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 Hotels

October, 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 Industry

October, 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 »

12 Tips for Hotel Marketing During the Holidays

October, 27 2021

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… Read more »

Eco-Friendly Travel

September, 30 2021

Dripping Springs – Gateway to the Hill Country

September, 28 2021

History, Arts and Culture, Shopping, Restaurants, Sports and Events, Hotels and Lodging Dripping Springs is well-known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country” and is also, recognized as the official, “Wedding Capital of… Read more »

September 2021 COVID-19 Federal Vaccine Mandate: Things to know

September, 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 »

THLA proposes bylaws amendment

September, 15 2021

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… Read more »

The Benefits of Contactless Check-in

August, 31 2021

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… Read more »

Hurricane Ida

August, 29 2021

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:… Read more »

Federal Per Diem Rates Maintained at FY2021 Levels

August, 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 Approaching

August, 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 3

July, 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 – Blanco

July, 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 »

Wellness Tourism 2021

July, 29 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… Read more »