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WLRA Hosts PAC Fundraiser

The Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association hosted a successful fundraiser for our Political Action Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. The event was held at the Firerock Steakhouse in Casper and Wyoming Treasurer Mark Gordon was the keynote speaker.  Read More »

Reserve Your Room Today!
Wyoming Tourism & Hospitality Fall Summit

The 2016 Wyoming Hospitality and Tourism Fall Summit will be held at the beautiful Jackson Lake Lodge from September 21-22, 2016! In addition to the annual summit, the 6th annual WLRA Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the magnificent Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club. This year’s conference and tournament represent a tremendous opportunity to engage with industry leaders from across the state while enjoying your stay in Grand Teton National Park during the centennial of the National Park Service. Please reference the WLRA Hospitality and Tourism Fall Summit when booking your rooms at Jackson Lake Lodge. For a lower cost lodging option please check out Colter Bay Village online at Grand Teton Lodge Company will graciously donate $50 per room night to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation in celebration of the Centennial of the National Park Service. 

U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Overtime Rules

Last month, in Columbus, OH, Vice President Biden Joe Biden, Labor Secretary Tom Perez and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced the release of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) final rule increasing the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions to the federal overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act from $23,660 to $47,476. DOL also announced it will automatically increase the threshold every three years and employers will need to be in compliance with the new rule by December 1, 2016.  Read More »

I-9: The Two Page Form that Can Cost You Thousands!

With hints that ICE is ramping up its I-9 enforcement and compliance efforts, ICE will likely be issuing notices of inspection and subpoenas to businesses around Wyoming. Right now is the perfect time to conduct an internal I-9 audit and make sure your restaurant has policies in place to ensure I-9 employment eligibility verification compliance.  Read More »

Wyoming Office of Tourism
Wins National Public Relations Award

The Wyoming Office of Tourism's 2015 work with agency-of-record Fahlgren Mortine won the Public Relations Society of America Bronze Anvil for the best media relations program by a government entity. For more than 45 years, the Bronze Anvil Awards have celebrated the "best of the best" in public relations tactics from throughout the nation.  Read More »

WY ProStart Students Participate in National Competition

Please join the WLRA in congratulating our two Wyoming ProStart teams who competed in Dallas, Texas April 29th through May 1st at this year’s National ProStart Student Invitational. We had a total nine students, three instructors, three sets of parents as well as two staff members who all were able to travel with us. Our Management team was representing Encampment K-12 School and our Culinary team came from Glenrock High School.  Read More »

Yellowstone Lake Hotel Celebrates
125 Years of Hosting Park Visitors

The National Park Service is observing its centennial this summer, but it was a grand old hotel 25 years older than the Park Service that kicked off the season’s festivities in Yellowstone National Park last month. Dozens gathered at Yellowstone Lake Hotel to celebrate the structure’s designation last year as a National Historic Landmark, and to mark 125 years since the hotel opened to the public in 1891.  Read More »

Women of Influence Nominations are Now Open

If you know a woman who is making a positive difference in your community and who you think should be recognized for that contribution, now is your chance to nominate her for the Wyoming Women of Influence awards. The fourth annual WWOI awards are now open for nominations in 10 categories: Lifetime Achievement, Banking and Finance, Business and Business Services, Education, Government, Military and Law, Energy and Utilities, Hospitality, Future Leader, Manufacturing and Technology and Nonprofit.  Read More »

Hampton by Hilton Recognizes Hampton Inn Rock Springs
as One of Top Performing Properties

Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s mid-priced hotel brand that serves value-conscious and quality-driven travelers, recently recognized Hampton Inn Rock Springs as a top performing property with the 2015 Circle of Excellence Award. The recognition is awarded to hotels that have excellence in service and growing customer loyalty.  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 » 



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