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CHLA Spring 2014

2 California Hotel & Lodging Association Spring 2014 Bimal Patel, CHA CH&LA Chair Partner, Concept Hotels MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR To those of you who are members, thank you for your financial support to allow us to be the association that’s all about your business—and only about your business. These are busy times, both for the hotel & lodging industry and the association. For the most part, business has been good throughout California and nationally as well. With that said, hoteliers luckily have short memories. After five years of challenging business conditions, it was only last year that our collective performance reached the levels achieved prior to the great recession in 2007. Now that the hotel & lodging industry is doing well and the entire California economy is making a comeback, the pressure to regulate and legislate business has never been greater. Just in the first quarter, CH&LA has participated in regulatory and local issues on water conservation, service animals, Proposition 65, Cal/OSHA, pool signage, food safety, building codes and living wage. This is in addition to the monitoring of over 1,000 new bills that were introduced by the end of February. We are hard at work protecting your hotels by serving as the voice of our industry. While all this is going on, I’m proud to also say that CH&LA has remained focused on education and raising the tide of the entire industry. Specifically, the monthly webinars on operational and legal issues and the regional seminars on new laws and regulations conducted by our Member Legal Advisor, Jim Abrams, in conjunction with our long-time partners at Fisher & Phillips, have been invaluable to the membership. There are two other educational initiatives that are particularly important that I’d like to mention. First, by attending the InnSpire Conference in Monterey, I learned first-hand the importance of educational opportunities tailored to the boutique, independent, and small property segments. The networking opportunities and educational content of this unique conference were some of the best I’ve seen—it’s truly an experience I can recommend. Secondly, in June, CH&LA is producing a very targeted conference for hotel owners—the Hotel Owner Conference. This will allow for stimulating networking and educational opportunities for hotel owners to reach new heights in a personal and intimate environment of peers. I’m very excited for this event at the fabulous Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa. So, as the association takes the steps to update their look and feel with a new logo (see page 5), the focus remains on both protecting and serving the industry. To those of you who are members, thank you for your financial support to allow us to be the association that’s all about your business—and only about your business. 


CHLA Spring 2014
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