From Our Blog

Lindale- Home to Country Music Superstar Miranda Lambert

October, 27 2020

Written by Jessie Prestridge Who could imagine a world without country music? Who in their right mind would want to! Country Music Superstar Miranda Lambert certainly never has, and she… Read more »

Dealing with Lost and Found Property

October, 26 2020

This article addresses the legal status of found property, and offers some guidance on what lodging properties should do with found property.

State of the Industry Webinar

September, 29 2020

On September 29, local hotel associations representing Texas’ major metro areas hosted a “State of the Industry” webinar.  The event featured three prominent presenters: Mike Toomey (Chief Operating Officer of… Read more »

Baycations are Better!

September, 29 2020

Bay Area Houston is a charming bayside region nestled midway between the big-city allure of Houston and the wide-open beaches of Galveston. It also serves as the third largest marina… Read more »

Hilton Americas- Houston Recognized for Extraordinary Measures Taken to Assist Community During COVID-19 Pandemic

September, 28 2020

HOUSTON, TX – August 24, 2020 – Hilton Americas-Houston has been named a 2020 honoree for Houston Business Journal’s Business Impact Award. This specific award is bestowed on businesses that… Read more »

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Proposes Rule Addressing Independent Contractor Status

September, 28 2020

On September 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule offering clarity to determine whether a worker is an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act… Read more »

Durwood Gould Educational Scholarship

September, 3 2020

Texas Hotel & Lodging Association is pleased to announce the creation of a new scholarship in honor of Durwood Gould, an outstanding hotelier we lost too soon. Durwood worked in… Read more »

Stephenville–The Cowboy Capital of the World

August, 28 2020

Come see why Stephenville has been listed among “The 100 Best Small Towns in America!”   Stephenville is the Erath County seat and is located about 70 miles southwest of… Read more »

Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) program provides temporary $300 benefit to unemployed Texans

August, 27 2020

Earlier this month, President Trump signed an executive order directing funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to a create a temporary $300 weekly federal unemployment benefit for unemployment… Read more »

Hurricane Laura Sheltering Information

August, 26 2020

Updated: August 26, 2020 Evacuees making their own travel reservations: Click here for telephone and website contact information for hotel brands with hotels located in Texas. Evacuees needing sheltering assistance:… Read more »

Meet Zach Glenn, THLA’s Chairman of the Board, 2020

August, 26 2020

THLA is delighted to welcome Zach Glenn  to the role of THLA’s Chairman of the Board for 2020. Zach has served on the THLA board since 2016. As an instrumental… Read more »

Hurricane Laura

August, 24 2020

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 27, 2020 Hurricane Laura update:… Read more »

Victoria – Explore the Rich History

July, 29 2020

Explore Victoria In Victoria you’ll discover a captivating town with a deep history, vibrant culture, amazing food, and live music – all just a hop, skip, and a jump from… Read more »

New Supreme Court case holds federal law protects employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity

July, 29 2020

The United States Supreme Court ruled last month in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that a hallmark civil rights law protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination.  Justice Neil… Read more »

Main Street Lending Program Explained

June, 25 2020

By Nilesh Patel & Brian Sullivan Updated: July 8, 2020 On June 8, the Federal Reserve announced several changes to the Main Street Lending Program to allow more small to… Read more »

Pearland- PrePEAR to Love it!

June, 25 2020

A trip to Pearland isn’t complete without stopping by for art, culture, food, and fun in this Texas Gulf Coast city. Discover the many things to do in Pearland situated… Read more »

Hurricane Preparedness for Hotels

June, 22 2020

Hurricane season officially began June 1st. While initial forecasts predict an ‘average’ season this year, with an outlook of 13 to 19 named storms, we well know it only takes… Read more »

Employment Law Posters

June, 8 2020

Updated June 8, 2020 All employers are required by law to post certain federal and state employment law posters in a prominent location at the place of business. A hotel… Read more »

Rockwall, Rockin’ on the Lake

May, 26 2020

Good Music. Good Times. Hometown. Rockwall is situated on scenic Lake Ray Hubbard, just 22 miles east of downtown Dallas on Interstate 30. The smallest county in Texas has the… Read more »

Is tax included with that? A hotel tax and sales guide

May, 9 2020

THLA has an easy-to-use chart that covers virtually every type of charge a hotel might charge a guest, and information about which tax (if any) applies.

Texas Workforce Commission answers questions about unemployment benefits

April, 13 2020

Updated April 29, 2020 Webinar On April 13, THLA hosted a webinar with experts at the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). We asked the TWC questions about applying for unemployment benefits,… Read more »

The Paycheck Protection Program Explained

March, 30 2020

Updated June 18, 2020 June 5th Update: President Signs The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act By Nilesh Patel & Brian Sullivan I June 18, 2020 I News On June 5,… Read more »

CARES Act Signed into Law – $2.2 trillion stimulus package

March, 25 2020

On March 27, the federal CARES Act was signed into law

This provides over $2.2 trillion in federal stimulus spending to aid the U.S. economy.

The THLA legal team is still reviewing the enormous bill and all the programs it creates, but here is information on the essentials you should know.

Local Governments Issuing Shelter-in-Place Orders

March, 24 2020

June 2020 update: Note that the below information is no longer up-to-date. Governor Abbott’s statewide emergency orders have largely superseded many of the local stay-at-home orders, and many local orders… Read more »

Managing Covid-19 Coronavirus at Your Hotel

March, 22 2020

Travel has ground to a stop while many cities have mandated shelter in place restrictions due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic.  Many hotels are contracting with state governments due to… Read more »

COVID-19 Coronavirus: Texas hotel industry occupancy agreement survey

March, 19 2020

Updated March 18, 2020 Texas Hotel & Lodging Association is in communication with the State of Texas and with local governments regarding the possibility of hotels entering into a lease… Read more »

COVID-19 Coronavirus: Hotel Industry’s Response and Economic Recovery Proposals

March, 16 2020

Updated March 19, 2020 We want to bring you an update about the current economic recovery proposals being pushed by the hotel industry with Congress to address the effect of… Read more »

What is the “COVID-19 coronavirus”, how is it spread, and how is it affecting travel?

March, 16 2020

What is the “COVID-19 coronavirus?” The term “coronavirus” refers to a common family of viruses.  According to the CDC, most people get infected with a coronavirus at some point in… Read more »

How hotels can prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus

March, 16 2020

What steps can a hotel take to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus?  Hotels can help reduce the spread of the virus by taking these steps: Require your staff… Read more »

Coronavirus Affecting Global Travel; Hotels Must Review Health and Safety Measures

March, 1 2020

Updated March 2, 2021 March 2: Governor Updates Executive Order on Reopening Texas. Read more here. THLA partner Fisher & Phillips provides guidance on whether to require employees to obtain… Read more »