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WLRA Exclusive Member News - January 2016
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Exclusive Member News


An Important Message from
WLRA Executive Director, Chris Brown

I write to you today to speak candidly about the upcoming legislative budget session that will commence on February 8, 2016. It is no secret that Wyoming is facing significant financial challenges with the economic downturn in the energy sector. Many of you are personally feeling this pressure in the form of reduced occupancy and negative comp sales in your restaurants and lodging properties.  Read More »

Early Bird Registration for
2016 Governors Conference Ending Soon!

The 2016 Wyoming Governor's Hospitality and Tourism Conference will be held at the Little America Resort and Hotel on February 21-23, 2016. This event has grown into a "must attend" conference for hospitality and tourism professionals and early bird registration ends soon. To register now, please Click Here.  Read More »

Significant H-2B Victory included in the
Federal Omnibus Bill

In December the 114th Congress wrapped up its 1st Session by passing an omnibus appropriations bill – which funds the government for FY’ 2016. Included in this bill – which was signed into law by President Obama on December 18th -were a number of key provisions which benefit H-2B seasonal visa users. This success is in no small measure due to you-the industry leaders across Wyoming and across the country, that have had direct contact with our elected representatives on the importance of H-2B workers.  Read More »

Educational Lodging Tax Board Webinar

The Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition will be hosting a one-hour educational lodging tax webinar on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. 

The webinar will cover lodging tax basics and will be designed to educate both new and old board members on the foundational information needed to participate on a lodging tax board.  Read More »

Proud to be a WLRA Member: The Hotel Wolf

The Hotel Wolf was built in 1893 and re-renovated with new owners in 1977. The business includes a bar, dining room, kitchen, and hotel rooms. “It truly is a family business.” Doug and Kathleen Campbell are the principal owners and managers but are assisted by their sons; Judd, Jason and their spouses. The Victorian-style structure is the anchor for downtown Saratoga, WY. Hotel Wolf is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Campbell’s are blessed to be in a small town where they have become an integral part of their community. They originally joined the WLRA because they appreciated the expertise and advocacy offered. The business is challenging and it is difficult to keep up with the regulatory requirements and the WLRA provides an excellent avenue for maintaining compliance with all the details, rules, and regulations that seem to change all the time. “The WLRA is an incredible asset and I call them all the time. They are always there for us, no matter what!” stated Kathleen.  Read More »

WLRA Offers Health Insurance Solutions

The Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association Benefit Plan and Trust provides comprehensive health insurance options for Wyoming employers. The Trust is made up of WLRA members who join together to share the risks and rewards of offering self-funded health coverage for their employees. This exciting program has been designed specifically for the lodging and restaurant industry!  Read More »

Webinar: What To Do When Applicants
Have a Criminal History

What should you do if an applicant or employee has a criminal history? It happens more and more often: a background check on an applicant comes back with problems, or you find out after the fact that a new employee has a criminal history. What are the legal requirements, and what should you do?  Read More »

Hospitality Classes Offered at Casper College

Casper College offers a wide range of courses across academic and technical subjects. Whether you're looking to earn credits, work toward your degree, pick up a new skill, or qualify for a new job, you're sure to find the program you're working for. Casper College is flexible, offering Hospitality classes 100% online or on-campus. Spring semester starts January 19th, 2016. Its not too late to register, contact us today!  Read More »

Nominations Open for AH&LA Stars of the Industry

Do you have an employee who goes above and beyond for your hotel guest? Has your hotel property done something extraordinary? If so, we want to hear your story! Nominate your star employee or property today. Nominations will be accepted from Thursday, December 17, 2015 through Friday, March 18, 2016. Following the judging process, AH&LA will notify the nominators of winners in early April.    Read More »   



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