CH&LA News

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CH&LA Celebrates One Year Anniversary Working with Petra Risk Solutions

The California Hotel & Lodging Association would like to celebrate the one year anniversary working with Petra Risk Solutions, CH&LA’s endorsed insurance provider. Petra is the nation’s only insurance provider dedicated exclusively to the hospitality industry. Petra insures over 4000 hospitality assets nationwide and offers customized hospitality-specific insurance programs.


CH&LA Million Dollar Mission

Next February, The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA)will proudly partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to define the true spirit of hospitality. This unprecedented effort will collectively raise funds to support vital research for a cure and to provide financial, educational and social services for individuals affected by blood cancer during a month-long fundraising campaign beginning February 1, 2015. The campaign goal is to raise $1,000,000.


CH&LA Honored for Excellence in Communications

The California Hotel & Lodging Association is the recipient of the International Society of Hotel Association Executives (ISHAE) 2014 Award of Excellence for communications. The ISHAE Awards of Excellence were presented last week during at the 28th annual ISHAE Winter Conference in Carefree, Arizona. Jennifer Flohr, Sr. Vice President accepted the award on behalf of CH&LA for its magazine, California Lodging News.


CH&LA Announces 2014 Stars of the Industry Award Winners

San Francisco, Calif. – The California Hotel & Lodging Association announced their 2014 Stars of the Industry award winners this past Friday at the Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco. The annual Stars of the Industry awards, presented by USA TODAY, are given out to honor lodging employees and properties that best symbolize the quality service of the industry. The 2014 awards were given out for five property and six individual categories, as well as one industry supplier category.


California Hotel & Lodging Association Announces 2015 Board of Directors

San Francisco, Calif. - The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) elected its 2015 Board of Directors at its annual meeting this Friday, November 21 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. The 2015 chair will be Terri Haack of Terranea Resort. In addition, the elected officers for the 2015 Executive Committee were announced as Tom Klein, The Fairmont San Francisco (Vice Chair); Richard Hill, Sheraton Grand Sacramento (Secretary/Treasurer); and Bimal Patel, CHA, Concept Hotels (Immediate Past Chair).  Other members of the Executive Committee include René Boskoff, Monterey Marriott (Chair of the Gov’t & Legal Relations) who is a returning member and Laurenne...


U.S Travel Association: Ebola Response for Travel Community

A helpful 30-minute call on the Ebola virus response was conducted for U.S. Travel members last Thursday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Agency officials covered topics important to travel professionals, including the layered entry screening approach at select U.S. airports, clarification on transmission, and other related information. A recording of this call is available on U.S. Travel's website should you wish to listen to their comments.


Terri A. Haack Appointed President of Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel

Terri A. Haack has been named President of Los Angeles’ premier oceanfront Terranea Resort, a Destination Hotel. Known for its world-class hospitality, service and unparalleled guest experiences, Terranea is now celebrating its 5th anniversary and has grown into one of Southern California’s leading resorts under Haack’s leadership.

“We are delighted to appoint Terri to President of Terranea Resort,” said James Sabatier, president and chief operating officer of Destination Hotels. “Terri has been instrumental in developing and leading the team of talented and dedicated individuals at Terranea and successfully growing the resort from its financially tumultuous...


Handlery Foundation Donates $5000 to the CH&LA Education Foundation

The Handlery Foundation is giving back to the hospitality community through a $5,000 donation to the California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation (CH&LAEF) scholarship program. The Handlery Foundation has been an essential supporter of the CH&LA Education Foundation and its mission to foster the education of our future hospitality industry leaders. For two generations, the Handlery family has been a very active member of the California Hotel & Lodging Association for many years with Jon Handlery currently sitting on the board of directors.


The California Association of Boutique and Breakfast Inns Program Coordinator Jenn Wheaton, Receives International Award

Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the global association for meeting professionals, presented Jenn Wheaton of the California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) a 2014 Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence (RISE) Award at MPI's World Education Congress in Minneapolis.  The RISE Award for Young Professional Achievement was awarded to Wheaton for her strategic use of technology and social media to help the bed and breakfast industry in California embrace a new generation of travelers. As a program coordinator for CABBI, Wheaton provides training to members on how to use new and existing marketing channels to reach audiences and has updated the...


Jennifer Flohr Officially Begins Term as Meeting Professionals International Chapter President

Sacramento,Calif. -- Jennifer Flohr, CMP,CAE ofthe California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) has officially began her term on July 1st after being sworn in at the Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPISSN) Annual Gala to become the 2014-15 chapter president. The gala was attended by close to 200 industry professionals and was graciously hosted by the Lions Gate Hotel. 


CH&LA Education Foundation Awards Over $20,000 in Scholarships and Industry Support

Sacramento, Calif. -- The California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation (CH&LAEF) announced 16 scholarship award recipients. These scholarships, along with the sponsorship of two Hospitality Conferences geared towards students’ continued education in the hospitality industry, total $23,000 for this year.


CH&LAEF Awards Over $20k in Scholarships & Industry Support

The California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation (CH&LAEF) announced 16 scholarship award recipients. These scholarships, along with the sponsorship of two Hospitality Conferences geared towards students’ continued education in the hospitality industry, total $23,000 for this year. 

 A record number of applications were received this year from students representing 13 high schools, community colleges and 4-year universities.  The award recipients of these scholarships are exemplary students and are an asset to our industry. This year’s recipients come from the Cabrillo College, Galileo High School, Cypress College, MiraCosta College, San Francisco...


LA City Council Minimum Wage Hike for Hotel Industry Will Cost Jobs, Taxes & Future, Independent Study Shows

Sacramento (June 26, 2014) --  A Los Angeles City Council proposal to expedite a minimum-wage increase for hotel workers would have serious negative consequences for hotel workers and the city’s economy, according to an independent study released today.

The City Council is considering a measure that would raise the minimum wage to $15.37 per hour for hotel workers in 2015, making it the highest amount with the quickest implementation in the nation, according to the study by PKF Consulting USA.


1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach Becomes First Certified Guest Service Property in California

The CH&LA Education Foundation (CH&LAEF) is pleased to announce the 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach has become the first property in California to achieve the distinction of being an AH&LA Certified Guest Service Property (CGSP).  Innkeeper, Susan Nelson, received the award on behalf of the inn, in the presence of attendees of the Southern California Hotel & Lodging Conference held in City of Industry, CA.  Presenting her with the award was CH&LA President & CEO, Lynn Mohrfeld.


Bimal Patel, CHA Appointed to AAHOA Government Affairs Committee

SACRAMENTO, CA – California Hotel & Lodging Association Board Chair, Bimal Patel, CHA and partner with Concept Hotel Group in Menlo Park, has been appointed to the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) Government Affairs Committee.  This is Bimal Patel’s second National board appoint this year, as he was appointed the American Hotel & Lodging Associations (AH&LA) Board of Directors in February.