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OCTOBER 2016 E-BULLETIN
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UPCOMING INDUSTRY EVENTS—YOUR PARTICIPATION IS IMPORTANT
10th Annual Taste of the Biltmore 10th Annual Taste of the Biltmore
This highly anticipated, upscale block party invites residents from the entire valley to participate in the "unofficial" kick off to the AZ charity event season.

Thursday October 13, 2016
6:00pm – 9:00pm
National Bank of Arizona's Biltmore Corporate Center
6001 North 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016

AzLTA and VHRA member National Bank of Arizona is the event's organizer and has chosen AzLTA to be the recipient of this year's proceeds!

For more information and to register for the event visit: https://www.nbazcharities.org/NBAZCharities/TasteOfTheBiltmore/

Valley Hotel & Resort Association Media Reception
This annual event showcases many of the Valley's top resort restaurants and attracts many of the print, broadcast and on-line media journalist in the Valley. Set in a fun and relaxing atmosphere at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa this popular evening is ideal for networking and building relationships with media, elected officials and industry peers.

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Arizona Biltmore, Gold Room
Registration: 5:00pm
Reception: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Registration: http://www.eventinterface.com/registration?eventid=hx3n12b&t=rd

There is still time to participate in the event as a sponsor, donate to the silent auction or be a participating restaurant. Please contact Alex McAlister at amcalister@azlta.com or call 602.375.2996 for more information. We need and appreciate your support!

Save the Date
First Annual Arizona Hospitality Summit + AAA Diamond Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Tempe Mission Palms

The Arizona Hospitality Summit provides attendees with educational breakout sessions on important industry topics and concludes with the AAA Diamond Awards Luncheon. More details to follow shortly.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Prop 206 Minimum Wage
The VHRA Board voted to support the "Vote No on Prop 206" campaign which is being led by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Last week, our new Government Affairs Representative Jaime Molera, Kim Sabow and Ken McKenzie joined other statewide industry leaders in a discussion with Governor Ducey on Prop 206, the minimum wage initiative. The roundtable focused on industry assessments of the potential negative impacts passage of Prop 206 could have.

We encourage all of our members to share with your employees the effect the passage of Prop 206 could have on our local businesses and the state's economy. For more information on Prop 206 please visit: http://www.protectazjobs.com/why-vote-no/

Important Date Change To Federal Overtime Regulations
The Department of Labor overtime regulations scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016 have been postponed for six months in order to give businesses more time to implement them. CLICK HERE to read AHLA's press release.

ADA Drive-by Lawsuits ADA Drive-by Lawsuits
There has been a positive turn of events on the ADA front. The Arizona Attorney General's motion to consolidate 1,106 ADA lawsuits has been granted by the Superior Court of Arizona. All consolidated cases are stayed. In addition, the Plaintiffs, Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities (AID), may not file additional complaints "raising substantially similar legal issues" without the Court's permission. State attorneys plan to file a motion seeking to dismiss all of the consolidated cases. AID has filed more than 1,700 lawsuits this year under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In addition, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake introduced a bill this week in the U.S. Senate giving businesses sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act a cure period to fix alleged issues before a lawsuit can be filed. Businesses would have 120 days to fix violations. This was one of the issues we discussed with Senator Flake while in D.C. in May. We are also working with state legislators to make the same fix in the state's ADA laws in the next legislative session.

CLICK HERE to read the letter of appreciation to Senator Flake for his sponsorship of this legislation. We encourage all of our members to also reach out to Senator Flake and thank him for his support via his counsel, Gary Barnett. Gary's email is gary_barnett@judiciary-rep.senate.gov.

Resort Fees
On September 27 the Senate Commerce Committee held an oversight hearing with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, to discuss changes to the 2012 FTC guidelines on mandatory resort fees.

Industry concerns regarding changes to mandatory resort fees, which were created to provide transparency to hotel guests regarding fees, were voiced. The FTC Chairwoman was questioned about her rationale for changing the 2012 guidance, highlighted the very few consumer complaints – 8 in total – received by the FTC on resort fees, and confirmed that no enforcement actions have been taken in response to the existing guidance.

VHRA would like to encourage our member to reach out to their congressional representatives and keep the pressure on the FTC to leave the existing mandatory resort fees guidelines in place. To find your congressional leaders contact information please click here: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials. You can read more about this issue on AHLA's website.

Register to Vote
If you aren't already registered to vote in this November's election, you can go to http://www.azsos.gov/elections/voting-election/register-vote-or-update-your-current-voter-information for all the information you need to register or update your voter registration information. Deadline to register in Arizona is October 10.

As a reminder AzLTA and VHRA have taken an official position AGAINST BOTH Prop 205-Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and Prop 206- Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative.
MEMBER & INDUSTRY NEWS
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 statewide the interests of our members, industry and residents who rely on our properties, attractions and destinations for jobs and tax revenues that fund critical state programs.

Discount For VHRA Members
VHRA members are being offered a discount with Convention Plan It, a company that provides solutions for hoteliers to connect directly with meeting planners to generate group sales. CLICK HERE to read about their offering.

Lights of the World to be held at Rawhide Lights of the World to be held at Rawhide
For the first time Lights of the World, the largest light show in North America will visit Arizona. Lights of the World is a unique international lantern arts festival that combines the age-old Chinese tradition of lantern festivals with modern cutting-edge technology and lights The Lights of the World lantern displays extend from 18 to 60 feet, showcasing different cultures and civilizations around the globe. In addition to the light display there are carnival rides, acrobats, dancers and a variety of international foods.

The event runs from November 18, 2016 – January 29, 2017 at Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass. For more information or to buy tickets please visit www.LightsoftheWorld.net

BLT Features 50 Outstanding Ways to Experience Arizona BLT Features 50 Outstanding Ways to Experience Arizona
The BLT, which is the Blog for Lifestyle & Travel recently featured an article about 50 Outstanding Ways to Experience Arizona. It is terrific to see not only our famous tourist locations but also some of the state's lessor known destination treasures recognized as part of what makes Arizona such a great place to visit and live. To view the BLT's 50 Outstanding Ways to Experience Arizona please CLICK HERE.


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