FOX and Gordon Ramsey are looking for independently-owned hotels, resorts, inns, or lodges nationwide for the next season of Hotel Hell.
After over a decade of running restaurants in some of the top hotels around the world, traveling the globe, and running an award-winning boutique hotel in London, Ramsey knows firsthand the crucial importance of surpassing guests' highest expectations. In the series, Ramsey and a team of hospitality experts will travel across the country to help turn around struggling properties.
Season 1 performed solidly through its first four episodes, averaging 5.3 million viewers. The show has brought a great deal of tourism and business to other local businesses and attractions in the area.
If you are an owner and would like to apply, please find the application here. For more information, email or call Kim Kessler at 310-313-9100. Please be sure to include name, phone, name and location of property, website, and most importantly, WHY you deserve to be on Gordon's show!
Join the lodging industry's top executives in Washington D.C. April 23-24, 2013 for AH&LA's Legislative Action Summit (LAS). LAS remains the most effective way to voice the strength of the lodging industry, and in recent years, we have seen direct and impressive results from our visits to Capitol Hill.
Despite the anti-business regulations that proliferated in 2012, AH&LA was able to work with our membership to delay ADA pool lift regulations, push back against harmful labor rulings, defeat drastic cuts to GSA per diem rates, and fortify relationships with Capitol Hill, the administration, and regulatory agencies.
Click here to register or for more information, contact AH&LA Director of Legislative Affairs Eric Reller at (202) 289-3122.
It's that time of year again. As you get ready to file, check out this info from the IRS:
IRS expects to process refunds within the usual timeframes. Last year, the IRS issued more than nine out of 10 refunds to taxpayers in less than 21 days, and it expects the same results in 2013. Even though the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days, some tax returns will require additional review and take longer. To help protect against refund fraud, the IRS has put in place stronger security filters this filing season.
After taxpayers file a return, they can track the status of the refund with the “Where’s My Refund?” tool available on the IRS.gov website. New this year, instead of an estimated date, Where’s My Refund? will give people an actual personalized refund date after the IRS processes the tax return and approves the refund.
"Where's My Refund?" will be available for use after the IRS starts processing tax returns on Jan. 30. Here are some tips for using "Where's My Refund?" after it's available on Jan. 30:
- Initial information will generally be available within 24 hours after the IRS receives the taxpayer’s e-filed return or four weeks after mailing a paper return.
- The system updates every 24 hours, usually overnight. There’s no need to check more than once a day.
- “Where’s My Refund?” provides the most accurate and complete information that the IRS has about the refund, so there is no need to call the IRS unless the web tool says to do so.
- To use the “Where’s My Refund?” tool, taxpayers need to have a copy of their tax return for reference. Taxpayers will need their social security number, filing status and the exact dollar amount of the refund they are expecting.
- For the latest information about tax law changes and tax refunds, visit IRS.gov.
This year's National Tourism Week will be held May 4-12. To help draw attention to travel's positive effect on individuals, cities, and states nationwide, the US Travel Association (USTA) has compiled several resources for planning and staging local activities. For more information on National Tourism Week and to access these resources, click here.
Each year, AH&LA recognizes outstanding leaders and hotels for their achievements in the past year. Your state association will submit the winners of the 2012 ARA/AHA Stars of the Industry Awards event for lodging employees and managers, but there are several categories that AH&LA offers that we as a state organization do not. These include two individual awards, the Stevan Porter Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year; and the Women in Lodging Connect Leader of the Year, along with several property categories, including Community Service, Special Events, Guest Relations, Good Earth Keeping, Prism (for diversity), and Technology Innovation of the Year.
Deadline is February 15!
For more information, click here to view the AH&LA Stars Nomination brochure.
Tommy Beyer, a young rising star who is a CHA member as well as sits on the Under 30 Council, offers some advice on how to help bridge the generation gap at work between those who have years of experience and those who are just starting out.
He begins by pointing out that the industry is gaining new young workers steadily due to more and more universities offering hospitality degree programs. So how can these Millenials--also referred to as Generation Y--connect with those from other generations while maintaining a mutual respect?
Beyer's tips include giving respect, leveraging experience, being inclusive, and sharing knowledge. The article in its entirety can be found here. The most important thing to remember and take from this is that we can all learn something from one another.
Report compares lodging statistics across the state of Alabama, from December 2011 to December 2012. Brought to you by Smith Travel Research. Click here to access the report. To learn more about STR, please visit them online. Upcoming ServSafe Courses (Back to Top)
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