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Seattle City Council repeals controversial tax on jobs

(Seattle, June 14, 2018) In a surprising move, the Seattle City Council voted on Tuesday, June 12, to repeal the tax on jobs it unanimously passed less than a month ago. The controversial tax would have required high-grossing Seattle businesses to pay $275 per FTE starting in 2019, and the revenue raised would have added $45 […]

$50 million tax on jobs is approved by Seattle City Council

(Seattle, May 14, 2018) This afternoon, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously in favor of taxing jobs at businesses with more than $20 million in annual taxable gross receipts in Seattle. This new revenue will be added to existing city spending on affordable housing and homelessness. The legislation, passed in a 9-to-0 vote, differs in […]

Press Release: Seattle Hotel Association’s Evening of Hope Gala raises over $940,000 benefiting Mary’s Place

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Allan Aquila Phone (206) 948-1997 allanaquila@gmail.com   SEATTLE HOTEL ASSOCIATION’S EVENING OF HOPE GALA RAISES OVER $940,000 BENEFITING MARY’S PLACE   Seattle, Washington (Feb. 6, 2018) — The Seattle Hotel Association’s 21st “Evening of Hope” gala held on Feb. 3 was a show-stopping affair with feverish bidding and an amazing raise the […]

Seattle hotel industry supports new short-term rental legislation

SEATTLE (Dec. 11, 2017) – The Seattle Hotel Association (SHA) supports the short-term rental legislation passed today by the Seattle City Council, completing the package of ordinances that will govern rentals on platforms like Airbnb. SHA has supported short-term rental regulations since the inception of this form of overnight accommodations. The new legislation establishes safety, […]

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Golf tournament raises $2,000 for local students

The Seattle Hotel Association, in partnership with Visit Seattle, held its annual golf tournament on June 6 at The Golf Club at Newcastle. Winners included the students of Chief Sealth International High School. The event raised $2,063 to benefit the school’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, which inspires and trains future hospitality professionals. You can […]

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Primary Election 2017: Seattle Races

The Seattle restaurant and hotel political arm, Seattle Hospitality for Progress, endorsed Jenny Durkan for mayor and Sara Nelson for city council position 8 in the Primary Election. On Aug. 1, Durkan earned enough votes to head onto the November General Election. Some races are very close and Nelson may not advance in the primary. […]

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Seattle restaurants and hotels endorse Jenny Durkan, Sara Nelson and Scott Lindsay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Jillian Henze, Local Communications Manager, 360-956-7279 ext. 124, jillianh@wahospitality.org Seattle restaurants and hotels endorse Jenny Durkan, Sara Nelson and Scott Lindsay SEATTLE (JUNE 19, 2017) – The Seattle restaurant and hotel community has endorsed Jenny Durkan for mayor, Sara Nelson for city council position 8 and Scott Lindsay for city […]