From Our Blog

THLA and BEST partnership furthers the goal of training all hotel employees to recognize human trafficking

June, 14 2021

Austin, Texas The Texas Hotel and Lodging Association (THLA) and Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) are pleased to announce that Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently signed House Bill 390… Read more »

2021 Legislative Report

June, 7 2021

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… Read more »

Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation Signed by Governor Abbott

May, 27 2021

THLA is pleased to announce that Governor Abbott has signed into law House Bill 390 (authored by Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston) relating to annual human trafficking awareness and prevention training… Read more »

THLA Virtual Interactive Webinar Series: Best of THLA Short Course Session 2

May, 27 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

THLA Helps Secure End to Federal Pandemic-Related Unemployment Benefits

May, 26 2021

Earlier this month, Governor Abbott announced that Texas will opt out of additional federal pandemic-related unemployment compensation, namely the $300 weekly supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. The… Read more »

Tyler Texas, The Rose Capital of Texas

May, 26 2021

No other town in Texas lays claim to a budding heritage quite like Tyler’s. Tucked serenely in beautiful East Texas, Tyler is home to some of the state’s most bountiful… Read more »

Call to congress to Pass ‘Save Hotel Jobs Act’ to Help Hotel Workers

April, 29 2021

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2021) – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and UNITE HERE, the largest hospitality workers union in North America, today joined forces to call on Congress… Read more »

Certain Lodging Operators Eligible to Participate in SBA’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund

April, 29 2021

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) recently distributed the below news about the American Rescue Plan’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF).  This new program, authorized by Congress and administered by… Read more »

Important Updates from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC)

April, 29 2021

Since February 2021, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has engaged in an active email campaign informing stakeholders of major reforms the agency will be implementing this year. Most of… Read more »

Longview- Your East Texas Adventure Awaits!

April, 29 2021

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… Read more »

March 2021 Texas Legislative Update

March, 30 2021

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… Read more »

2021 Texas Legislative Session: Bills we are tracking

March, 23 2021

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… Read more »

UPDATED Safe Stay: National Industry-Wide Cleaning and Safety Standards, Plus Vaccination in the Workplace FAQ

March, 12 2021

Updated March 29, 2021 The American hotel industry released national protocols for industry-wide hotel cleaning and safety standards in response to COVID-19 last year. One year into the pandemic, safety… Read more »

Join us for the 11th Biennial Converge on the Capitol – Virtually

March, 4 2021

Virtual Converge on the Capitol is an opportunity for you and your colleagues to participate in the legislative process.  Your virtual visit with your legislative leaders and their staff lets them… Read more »

Governor Updates Executive Order on Reopening Texas

March, 2 2021

Updated March 2, 2021 March 2, 2021 update: Governor Issues GA-34 Full opening of Texas businesses; repeal of statewide mask mandate: GA-34 takes effect at 12:01 am on March 10,… Read more »

Biden Administration Issues PPP Changes Aimed to Help Small Businesses

February, 26 2021

The Biden Administration recently announced several changes to PPP intended to help small businesses, including lodging operators, and further promote equitable access to economic relief. Specifically, the administration is targeting… Read more »

Texas Hotel & Lodging Association Virtual Short Course

February, 26 2021

THLA Virtual Interactive Webinar Series: Best of THLA Short Course Topic One: Sales and Marketing by Cindy Novotny Tuesday, April 27th: 2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. THLA is excited to… Read more »

Extreme Winter Weather Tips and Strategies for Hotels

February, 11 2021

Extreme Weather Tips – Keep your property prepared.

Important Updates on the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)

January, 27 2021

The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) is a tax credit aimed to incentivize businesses to keep employees on their payroll despite revenue reductions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hotel Industry Supports Bills to Prevent Taxes on PPP Loans

January, 27 2021

HB 1195 and SB 372 offer relief for employers at critical time Texas Hotel & Lodging Association is grateful to Rep. Charlie Geren, Sen. Kelly Hancock, Gov. Greg Abbott and… Read more »

Orange County- A Southeast Texas Destination

January, 25 2021

From museums to historical sites, nature trails to festivals, there is something in Orange County for everyone to enjoy. Through the joint efforts and support of residents, city and county… Read more »

THLA Partners with TransPecos Banks to Provide Easier Access to PPP Loans

January, 20 2021

Texas Hotel & Lodging Association (THLA) has partnered with TransPecos Banks, a Texas state savings bank headquartered in San Antonio, to be the endorsed source for hotel  owners to obtain… Read more »

Congress Passes Additional COVID Relief Bill

December, 30 2020

We are pleased to report that Congress has officially passed into law its latest form of COVID-19 relief legislation, the Coronavirus Response And Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (the “Act”).  This… Read more »

San Marcos- Your SMTXperience Awaits

December, 28 2020

Placed on the banks of the beautiful San Marcos River and saturated with all the charm of the Texas Hill Country, San Marcos is one of the top getaways in… Read more »

Flu Vaccine Materials for your staff

December, 28 2020

With both flu and COVID-19 circulating this season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. To keep your employees and customers healthy, you can play an important role… Read more »

Conroe- 7 Adventures For Outdoor Fun All Year Round

November, 30 2020

From a fall foliage hike, to a dip in the lake to cool off during the summer, Conroe has outdoor activities that will make you fall in love with Texas… Read more »

THLA’s Town Hall Efforts Win an ISHA Award

November, 24 2020

For the second consecutive year THLA’s Membership Team has won the 2020 International Society of Hotel Associations (ISHA) Award for Excellence for Membership.  This marks the seventh time in the… Read more »

Texas Election Recap

November, 18 2020

Written summary from Texas Lobby Partners: A lot of money was spent, and the status quo remains for the most part (assuming 2 recounts do not change the election night… Read more »

Give The Gift of Texas – Campaign Toolkit

November, 13 2020

THLA is proud to support our friends at the Governor’s office in their effort to promote travel in our state. This holiday season, Travel Texas is encouraging Texans and future travelers… Read more »

Human Trafficking Training is Important in the COVID-19 Pandemic

November, 13 2020

By: Katie Amodei Within the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been another crisis brewing. While hotels have been grappling with budget shortfalls, staff furloughs, and social distancing guidelines—human traffickers have not… Read more »