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Remembering Huell Howser

Huell Howser dies at 67; TV host profiled California people and places (via the Los Angeles Times)

Known for his gee-whiz enthusiasm in interviews, Huell Howser highlighted the familiar and the obscure all around the state. His public TV series included 'California's Gold,' 'Visiting,' 'Road Trip' and 'Downtown. Howser, 67, an iconic figure in public television, died at home Sunday night, his assistant Ryan Morris said. The cause of death was not released.

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Fiscal Cliff Agreement: WOTC and Bonus Depreciation Renewed

On January 1, H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, was enacted into law.  The legislation stopped many automatic tax increases which were scheduled to go into effect immediately, temporarily averting the so-called budgetary “fiscal cliff” in Washington.  

The automatic spending reductions of the fiscal cliff were not addressed in the bill, but will be revisited by the new Congress before the deadline in two months.

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Additional Savings for AH&LA Members throughout December

AH&LA appreciates its members, and this month AH&LA is showing you how much!  Throughout December, members save an additional 20% off regular member pricing* on hospitality learning solutions from the Educational Institute. Order online using your AH&LA member number and enter the code MERRY at check out - or call 800-344-4381 and mention this offer. Offer ends 12/31/12.

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Peggy Mosley is inducted into the California Hotel & Lodging Association Hall of Fame

Peggy Mosley presented with the CH&LA Hall of Fame award

The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) inducted Peggy Mosley, owner of the Groveland Hotel in Groveland, CA into the CH&LA Hall of Fame Tuesday at the W San Francisco. The Hall of Fame award is CH&LA’s most prestigious honor, presented to California hoteliers or industry executives recognized for outstanding contributions of leadership, service, and professionalism to the California lodging industry and the community at large.

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California Hotel & Lodging Association Announces USA TODAY Stars of the Industry Award Winners

CH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards

The California Hotel & Lodging Association announced their 2012 Stars of the Industry award winners yesterday at the W San Francisco in San Francisco, CA. The Stars of the Industry awards, presented by USA TODAY, were given out under four property and six individual categories, including a brand new category for this year, the HD Supply Housekeeping award. Also new this year was the Student Member and Student Chapter of the Year awards. This new award recognizes a non-management housekeeping staff member for their outstanding efforts and contributions to their hotel’s housekeeping operations. Also new this year was the Student Member and Student Chapter of the Year...

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California Hotel & Lodging Association Announces 2013 Board of Directors

Allan Farwell of the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) elected its 2013 Board of Directors at its annual meeting this Wednesday, November 27th at the W San Francisco. The 2013 chair will be Allan Farwell of the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa.  In addition, the elected officers for 2013 were announced as Bimal Patel, CHA, Concept Hotels (Vice Chair); Terri Haack, Terranea Resort (Secretary/Treasurer); and Rick Anderson, Casa Tropicana Inn (Past Chair). Additionally, Marcy Tanner of Disney will be joining the Board of Directors for 2013. Lynn Mohrfeld, CAE is the President & CEO of CH&LA.

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National Lodging Foundation Awards Scholarships to California Hospitality Students

California Hotel & Lodging Association’s (CH&LA) National Partner, American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), has distributed $514,500 via 10 scholarship programs to 343 hospitality students across the country. A total of $32,500 was awarded to 26 California students.

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Research Candidates; Vote For Lodging

American Hotel & Lodging Association

With less than a month before the 2012 presidential election, explore the AH&LA Election Center and join the American Hotel & Lodging Association in an effort to Get Out the Vote!

The AH&LA Election Center contains valuable resources, including a Legislative Tracker to brush up on key issues and our Voter Resources.

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Pool Lift Deadline Approaching; is your property ready?

American Hotel & Lodging Association

The January 31, 2013, deadline for pool and spa accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is approaching and AH&LA is urging members to review their compliance needs.

AH&LA has worked exhaustively to secure a one year extension and clarification of the January 31, 2012, Department of Justice (DOJ) Guidance. In May 2012, DOJ granted a one year extension to January 31, 2013, and issued two guidance documents related to its interpretation of the requirements for pool and spa accessibility in the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design.  

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CH&LA’s Jennifer Flohr Honored with Chapter Leader of the Year Award for the Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Chapter of Meeting Professionals International

Jennifer Flohr, CAE, CMP, Senior Vice President for the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA), was recognized by Meeting Professionals International Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Chapter (MPI/SSN) with the Chapter Leader of the Year Award. The award was presented during Tuesday’s MPI/SSN luncheon at the Marriott Courtyard Sacramento Airport Natomas.

 

 

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CH&LA Stars of the Industry HD Supply Housekeeping Award

The California Hotel & Lodging Association is proud to announce the edition of the HD Supply Housekeeping Award to their annual Stars of the Industry Award categories. In honor of International Housekeeping Week, CH&LA wants to encourace properties to nominate members of their hardworking hosekeeping staff for this award.

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CH&LA Members Recognized at National AH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards

The Chancellor Hotel on Union Square was recognized with a Stars of the Industry Award for a Technology Innovation, the Bardessono Inn & Spa received an award for Good Earthkeeping and Cherie Davis was recognized as the Outstanding General Manager of the Year for a medium property at the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) Stars of the Industry Awards. These awards were announced during the AH&LA Summer Summit held at the InterContinental Houston in Houston, Texas.

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CH&LA’s Jennifer Wheaton Honored with CalTravel’s Emerging Leaders Award

Jennifer Wheaton, CH&LA Marketing Manager

Jennifer Wheaton, Marketing Manager for the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA), was recognized by the California Travel Association with the 30 and Under Emerging Leader Award. The award was presented during the California Travel Summit yesterday at the Sacramento Convention Center.

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CH&LA Education Foundation awards $19,000 in Scholarships & Industry Support

California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation

The California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation (CH&LAEF) announced eleven scholarship award recipients. These scholarships, along with the sponsorship of the Hospitality Conference geared towards students’ continued education in the hospitality industry, total $19,000 for this year.

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Guidance Offers Limited Substantive Changes; Affixed Lift Required

American Hotel & Lodging Association

This afternoon the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued further guidance on the requirements for pool and spa entry under the Americans with Disabilities Act. On May 17, DOJ announced an extension to the compliance deadline to January 31, 2013, and also announced their intent to provide further clarification.

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