Join WLA and the WRA at key events that will strengthen our industry and help us enhance the success of your business.

Join WLA and the WRA at key events that will strengthen our industry and help us enhance the success of your business.

Next month the Washington Lodging Association and the Washington Restaurant Association begin joint operations, and your participation at a number of key events this fall will help set the course for successful collaboration on all fronts. Here’s what’s on the WLA/WRA calendar:


Alcohol Summit 2015
Wednesday, September 16
Noon to 3:00 p.m. followed by a social hour.
Rhein Haus, Seattle
Join fellow WRA and WLA members in giving direction to your expanded Government Affairs (GA) team on alcohol beverage regulation in Washington State. The summit will focus on a variety of policy areas, including spirits & wine market reforms, credit terms, licensing and education & enforcement issues. You’ll hear privatization updates and have the opportunity to tell the WRA/WLA GA team how they can help your business succeed. Lunch is on the house!

Golf FORE! Education
Tuesday, September 22
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (includes lunch and is followed by awards dinner)
Washington National Golf Club, Auburn
The WRA’s popular Golf FORE! Education supports scholarships and ProStart, a nationally accredited high school culinary arts program. ProStart is changing lives at more than 50 public high schools in Washington, and you can help make a difference by registering to play. Plus, you’ll have plenty of fun! Registration include golf scramble, golf cart, lunch, and a chance to win the longest drive, the closest to the pin and prizes for 1st, 18th and 36th place. Learn more

Government Affairs Committee Regional Meetings
Throughout October
The WRA/WLA Government Affairs Committee wants to hear from you! In October regional meetings will be held throughout the state to brief members on the next legislative session and to get member input on 2016 legislative priorities. After the briefing, you’ll also have a chance to meet your state legislators, who have been invited to hear about our industry’s priorities. Look for upcoming emails with details on these informative meetings which are from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and includes lunch, except for the Spokane meeting which will be from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. Please email to RSVP for one of the following meetings:

  • Tacoma (October 7)
  • Tri-Cities (October 12)
  • Spokane (October 13)
  • Bellevue (October 19)
  • Seattle (October 20)
  • Vancouver (October 26)
  • Mount Vernon (October 28)

WLA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show
November 15 to 17
Hyatt Regency Bellevue
WLA’s popular convention will continue to provide Washington’s lodging owners, operators and managers with high-caliber professional training, information on critical industry issues, updates on government regulations and opportunities to network. It also features the Northwest’s only trade show dedicated to meeting the needs of hoteliers.

Presentations include “Great Leaders, Great Teams: Management Lessons from Highly Successful Hotels,” “What City-Based Employment Laws Mean for Hoteliers,” “Leveraging Sports Mania to Drive Business,” “Best Social Media Practices to Increase Engagement and Avoid Litigation,” and “The Art and Craft of Hotel Ownership, Investment and Portfolio Management.” Learn more.