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Smith Travel Research (STR) Budget Breakfast
August 19, 2015, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
The Phoenician

Mark your calendars for the fourth annual joint VHRA/AzLTA August breakfast focused on tourism-industry forecasting in order to assist our members in their 2016 budgeting process. This event will host Vail Brown, a Smith Travel Research expert, who will provide insights on how the Valley's lodging and tourism industry is expected to trend in the coming years in order to offer our members guidance during the budget season. Register today at VHRA.net.

Save the Date for the
2015 Media Reception
Thursday, October 22
Arizona Biltmore Resort

One of VHRA's most popular events will once again take place at the Arizona Biltmore in October. The annual Media Reception offers the opportunity to network with the Valley's top local media contacts, meet local elected officials, enjoy time with your peers and sample the Valley's best hotel and resort cuisine. This is a highly anticipated event with limited availability so contact Alena Hicks to inquire about sponsorship.
Leadership Training Offered for VHRA Lodging and Allied Members
Coaching and Mentoring
Wednesday, August 26, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Hilton Scottsdale Resort Villas

VHRA, in partnership with Maricopa Corporate College, is offering a Leadership Training course designed to prepare supervisors and managers to utilize techniques to successfully engage, coach, and mentor employees in the workplace. Participants will learn how to identify opportunities to lead and develop employees professionally. Space is limited and cost is $70 per person. Register at VHRA.net.
Airbnb to Charge Sales Tax on Phoenix Rentals
Airbnb has altered the lodging industry landscape in recent years, allowing hosts to rent out a home, spare bedroom, apartment, trailer and myriad of other dwellings for a single night or longer. It has emerged as a competitor to hotels and motels in many cities. But like other major players in the rapidly-expanding "sharing economy," its growth has created concerns for local governments that rely on sales- and hotel-tax revenue. Airbnb will now automatically add the tax to guests' bills without affecting payouts to hosts. The City has a 2-percent sales tax on most purchases and an additional 3-percent transient lodging tax on hotel or motel stays under 30 days. Combined, it's a 5-percent tax on most Airbnb reservations. Phoenix is one of several cities that Airbnb has worked with to collect sales taxes, including Portland, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

New Training Video Offered To Combat Sex Trafficking
The Sandra Day O'Connor Institute has established the SAFE Action Project (Safeguarding Adolescents From Exploitation) -- a hospitality industry training program to combat human trafficking. The program provides training to assist management and line staff on the warning signs of the sex trafficking of children and offers a variety of resources for your property completely free of charge. To receive printed materials, training videos, customized webinars, or in-person training sessions, please visit www.SafeActionProject.org or email safe@OConnorInstitute.org. The link directly to the video is: https://vimeo.com/127845487. For more information, contact: Kimberly Klein.
Allied Members
Aqua Science
Aaron Holtan, Executive Account Manager
Phone: (480) 894-0770
Email: aholtan@aquascienceaz.com
Website: www.aquascienceaz.com

Tim Brady, President/CEO
Phone: (480) 540-3388
Email: tim.brady@avmediainc.com
Website: www.avmediainc.com

Blasian Executive Secured
Transport (B.E.S.T.)

J.C. Yancy, CEO
Phone: (602) 466-3351
Email: jyblasianllc@live.com
Website: www.blasianllc.com

Cactus Asphalt
Kerry McWenie, Sales & Marketing
Phone: (623) 344-7675
Email: km@cactusasphalt.com
Website: www.cactusasphalt.com

Ann McSherry, VP of Sales & Marketing
Phone: (480) 378-3681
Email: ann@codered-i.com
Website: www.codered-i.com

Lombardi Contracting Corporation
Tod Fontana, VP of Business Development
Phone: (858) 566-0060
Email: fontana@lombardicontracting.com
Website: www.lombardicontracting.com

New Star Communications
Rob Christensen, CFO
Phone: (801) 358-0363
Email: rob@newstar.pro
Website: www.newstar.pro
Allied Members (Continued)
Outdoor Lighting

Richard Perry, Owner
Phone: (480) 419-4008
Email: rperry@out

Website: www.outdoorlights.com

MoniQue Hoffman, Owner
Phone: (480) 296-4828
Email: q@qthebrand.com
Website: www.qthebrand.com

Solupay Payment Solutions
Christine Casto,
National Acct Executive/AZ
Phone: (623) 236-3177
Email: christine.casto

Website: www.solupay.com

SP Plus
Victor Alistar, Regional Manager
Phone: (602) 252-7222
Email: valistar@spplus.com
Website: www.spplus.com

Desert Belle Tour Boat
Suzanne Hagberg,
Director of Marketing
Phone: (480) 984-2425
Email: suzanne@desertbelle.com
Website: www.desertbelle.com

Valley Hotel & Resort Association
1240 E. Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ  85014
Phone: (602) 375-2996  ·  Fax: (602) 604-0769