August Updates and News

We hope you enjoy this issue of the Hospitality Scoop featuring information on upcoming events, programs, public policy issues and more that can impact our hotel industry and community.

Be on the lookout for information on nominations for our annual HOSPY Awards, Gala, and membership survey.
Industry Trend s Breakfast - September 18
Hilton Anatole | 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Join us for our Industry Trends Breakfast and Allied Showcase on September 18th at the Hilton Anatole.

Get the latest statistics and relevant information from our guest speakers that will provide you with insight to assist you in planning and budgeting over the coming year.

Jeff Binford, CHA | Director, CBRE Hotels Consulting

Hannah Smith | Consultant, STR

Hilton Anatole
8:30 am - 11:00 am

  • HANTX Members receive one (1) complimentary seat but you must RSVP. 
  • Additional seats for HANTX members - $45 per seat
  • Non-members and Guests - $55 per seat

For questions about registration, please contact the office at 214-742-4930 or
From the Director's Desk | Traci Mayer
Farewell Fariha

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
-Lao Tzu

After 2 and half years of working for HANTX as Marketing and Events Coordinator and now Manager, Fariha Hoque is off on a international adventure. Her next stop - Bangkok Thailand - to teach English to 5th and 6th Graders. This is an opportunity that she has wanted to explore for some time and I know everyone wishes her well.
"I have had such a wonderful opportunity working for HANTX for the past 2.5 years. I've learned so much from all of our members and have grown tremendously in this position. I am thankful to all of you for your continuous support and can't wait to see what the future holds for this association."

We will miss her enthusiasm, hard work and diligence in everything she did for HANTX. I hope you will join us at our next mixer on August 28th at HG SPLY to wish her farewell and best of luck on the next step in her journey.
Job Postings
Looking for a new career opportunity? Need to find employees? Then be sure to check out our job board to view or post jobs.

Hotels - Don't forget to take advantage of one of your member benefits - complimentary job posting opportunities with HANTX.
Taking the Pulse on Public Policy Issues in North Texas | Ken Benson, Public Policy Consultant to HANTX
As usual, there are several public policy issues impacting hotels around North Texas. Here is an update on a few:
  •  Privatizing the Dallas Convention Center May Happen Soon. The Dallas City Council is expected to vote on the issue sometime in August or September. Dallas City Manager TC Broadnax proposed privatizing the Center to achieve greater operating efficiencies and coordination over meetings and events held at the center. HANTX has supported the proposal.
  • Airbnb Regulation Under Review in Arlington and Irving: Arlington and perhaps Irving are looking at implementing local regulations of Airbnb operations as citizen complaints related to noise and neighborhood disruptions have increased in both cities. HANTX is tracking the issue in both cities.

  • City of Dallas to Look at Placing Solid Waste Recycling Regulations on Hotels. The Dallas City Council approved new solid waste recycling regulations on apartments earlier this year. They take effect in 2020. As part of that approval, the Council asked City sanitation staff to review whether new regulations should also be place on hotels and commercial properties in Dallas. That review is expected to occur during the last half of this year, with a report to Council expected sometime in early 2019. The hotel association has participated the last few years on a City of Dallas solid waste recycling task force promoting current voluntary solid waste recycling done at hotel properties.

  • City of Irving undertaking hotel tax audit. The city is in the process of auditing local hotels on hotel taxes.

  • Irving Entertainment District/Convention Center Hotel.  The Toyota Music Factory along with numerous restaurants opened as part of the Irving Entertainment District earlier this year to good reviews. The Convention Center Hotel should open in early 2019.

  • Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District Making an Impact. The DTPID continues to perform above expectations in bringing more overnight visitors to Dallas. According to recent studies, hotel occupancy in Dallas has increased almost ten percent -- and is now averaging close to 70 percent -- since the DTPID became operational in 2012. The success of the DTPID has led Arlington and Fort Worth to begin the process to establish tourism public improvement districts in those cities.

  • Zoning Overlay Ordinance Related to Noise in Uptown Dallas Goes Nowhere. The Dallas Planning Commission and a Dallas City Council Committee both voted against moving forward to place a noise special use permit zone over Uptown to address noise issues in the area. Although directed at the Uptown area, as proposed the ordinance could also have been used in other parts of the city. HANTX raised concerns about the practicality of the proposal during the months long review of the idea. 

  • Elections Coming in November. State and national races will be on the November 6 ballot. Business organizations across Texas and North Texas have been urging employers to become more active in encouraging employees to become more informed on issues and register and vote. If you would like more information on this effort, please contact Association offices.
2800 Greenville Ave., Dallas 75206
August Membership Mixer
HG SPLY Co. | 8-28-18 | 6-8 pm
Come out and enjoy networking and camaraderie and welcome our new Executive Director, Traci Mayer to the association!

Members and non-members are welcome! HG Sply Co. will serve some delicious appetizers and there will be a cash bar. As always, we'll have our popular HANTX raffle.
There is no cost to attend our networking mixers but during our August and September mixers we will be collecting donations and jars of peanut butter for the North Texas Food Bank's Peanut Butter Drive . There are over 44,000 food insecure children in Collin County alone. This program raises awareness on the issue of food insecurity and feeds hungry children, families, and seniors to fight hunger.
Upcoming Events
HANTX Member Mixer | August 28

CPR & First Aid Training | September 13
Doubletree by Hilton Dallas Galleria (limited spots available)

Industry Trends Breakfast & Allied Showcase | September 18
Hilton Anatole

HANTX Member Mixer | September 25
VIDORRA in Deep Ellum

Legislative Update | October 18
Doubletree Dallas Love Field

For more details and event dates, please check out our on-line calendar on our website .