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AUGUST 2016 E-BULLETIN
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR
October 27
VHRA Media Reception
Arizona Biltmore

November 22
VHRA Hospitality Student Career Day
Doubletree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley-Scottsdale

November 29
Arizona Hospitality Summit and AAA Diamond Awards
Tempe Mission Palms
Registration 7:30 a.m. / Luncheon & Awards 11:30 a.m.

December 7
VHRA Holiday Mixer
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
MEMBER & INDUSTRY NEWS
Attorney Caroline Larsen More than 250 industry professionals gathered to network with colleagues at the beautiful Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort on August 17. General Manager Ron Simon and his team did an outstanding job and we thank them for hosting the event. During the breakfast, Alison Hoyt, Director of Consulting and Analytics at STR, presented both the national and local lodging trends. While the data shows an overall slowing in the numbers, STR is still projecting growth over the next 12 to 18 months. To download Alison's presentation CLICK HERE.

Attorney Caroline Larsen with Ogletree Deakins also gave a brief presentation and update on the Americans with Disabilites Act (ADA) requirements and the rapidly growing trend of frivilous lawsuits. Arizona has been flooded with 1,500 disability access lawsuits being filed againt local businesses impacting the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. AzLTA has joined with many other state industry associations in an effort to lead the call for a legislative solution to solve this problem at both the state and federal levels. Read related article below.

A special thank you to our breakfast sponsor LandCorp and to PSAV for their beautiful stage lighting and design. And we hope you were able to spend time with our exhibitors and new members Vic Anderson with GE Appliances and Tod Miller with Beyond Massage Therapy.

Arizona Leaders Weigh in on ADA Lawsuits Arizona Leaders Weigh in on ADA Lawsuits
VHRA President Kim Sabow and attorneys Joe Clees and Caroline Larsen of Ogletree Deakins were among a group of hospitality industry leaders who met with Senator Jeff Flake's Chief Counsel to discuss the growing issue of frivolous lawsuits being filed against our Arizona businesses regarding ADA compliance. Currently if a public property is not ADA compliant, a lawsuit can be filed without notifying the property and allowing them time to address the issue. The recently formed Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities and its lawyer, Peter Strojnik are responsible for an estimated 1,500 lawsuits that have been filed. The Arizona Attorney General's office is looking to get the lawsuits dismissed. VHRA and AzLTA are pushing to add a report and cure period to the state's existing ADA law next session, as well as working with Sen. Flake and other Arizona congressional leaders for the same fix in Federal ADA law.

Super PAC
Elected officials across all levels of government make decisions that impact the business climate for our industry, which is why we urge you to consider making a personal donation to our Hotel Super PAC. We are focused on helping industry-friendly candidates get elected this November, regardless of party affiliation. Our Super PAC status heightens our political credibility. Your donations allow us to make important and strategic contributions in support of our industry, but we need your continued support to ensure a strong voice. Please consider making a contribution at www.vhra.net to support our industry advocacy efforts.

Call For Hotel & Resort Photos!
Scottsdale Community College, and AzLTA/VHRA are looking to build their image libraries. We are asking members to please send in current photos of your hotels and resorts, both interior and exterior pictures, so we can use them in both print and digital advertising opportunities. Please CLICK HERE to fill out a photo release form and send it along with your photos. Please email photos to Alex McAlister.

Don't Forget...Include VHRA In Your 2017 Budget Don't Forget...Include VHRA In Your 2017 Budget
As you are planning for your 2017 budgets please remember to include your membership investment in VHRA. We count on your support to further our mission of Advocacy, Collaboration and Education, to promote the interests of our members and industry. Your support allows us to provide networking and educational programing to help members stay connected and current on issues affecting our industry locally and nationally.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Lodging Members
AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown
Patti Hunt
100 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
(480) 642-6141
www.ac-hotels.com/tempe
Rooms 159

Tourism Partner
Global Chamber of Commerce
Doug Bruhnke
CEO
1475 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 200, Scottsdale
(480) 595-5000
doug@globalchamber.org
www.globalchamber.org

Allied Members
GE Appliances, a Haier Company
Yolanda Sutton
Area Sales Manager
461 W. Apache Trail, Suite 101-PMB 135, Apache Junction
(480) 748-9306
yolanda.sutton@ge.com
www.geappliances.com

Gothic Landscape
Jarell Childs
Business Development
4235 E. Winslow Ave., Phoenix
(602) 300-8381
jarell.childs@gothiclandscape.com
www.gothiclandscape.com
Allied Members (Continued)
Heartland Payment Systems
Thomas Smeriglio
Relationship Manager
5856 S. Joslyn Lane, Gilbert
(480) 249-8488
thomas.smeriglio@e-hps.com
www.heartlandpaymentsystems.com

iT1 Source
Andrew Balzarini
Marketing Director
4110 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 300, Scottsdale
(480) 777-2037
andrew.balzarini@it1.com
www.it1.com

MiCamp
John Luisi
Director of Sales
6930 E. Chauncey Lane #210, Phoenix
(480) 336-2594
jluisi@micamp.com
www.micamp.com


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