September 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.

In this issue:

  • 12th Annual HOSPY Awards Gala
  • Legislative Summit
  • From the Director's Desk
  • Public Policy Update
  • Upcoming Events
Join us at the largest hospitality awards gala in North Texas. Since the Gala’s origination in 2007, the Hotel Association of North Texas has maintained the tradition of recognizing and honoring excellence within the hospitality industry. This award honors those that go above and beyond, leaving a positive impact on their guests, team, and property. The prize is the coveted Crystal Pineapple Award.
To nominate (HANTX member organizations only), please fill out the form in its entirety. One form per entry.

Nomination forms may be accessed at the following links:

Interested in donating an item for the silent auction? Please contact Traci for a donation form.

Sponsorships and Tickets available. Please contact the office for more details.
Lodging and Tourism Industry Forum - October 18
Doubletree by Hilton at Dallas Love Field | 2:00 pm - 4:00 am

Join Dallas-area hoteliers and tourism industry professionals at this FREE EVENT , featuring Dallas area State Legislators addressing key industry legislative issues such as short-term rental regulations, state tourism promotion funds, use of local hotel tax, major event trust fund, as well as wage and hour issues affecting tourism entities and hoteliers. 

We encourage you to bring as many of your team members as possible.
This is a complimentary program but you must still RSVP. Registration begins at 1:30 pm. For questions about registration, please contact the office at 214-742-4930 or
From the Director's Desk | Traci Mayer
This year has brought a few changes to HANTX that we're excited about which will positively impact the association and all of its members. At the beginning of this month, we sent out a membership survey to get your opinions. If you have not yet had a chance to complete it, we encourage you to do so.

Your opinions are important to us and we want to hear from you. Your feedback will be used to make recommendations in future planning and programming.

We also ask that you please pardon our virtual dust over the next month or so, as we will be updating to our database system and website. When you go to the website in October, you will see a temporary site in its place. These changes are being made to better serve our members and provide a more functional and usable site. Stay tuned for more details on the coming changes.

And lastly, after many years of being in downtown Dallas, HANTX will be relocating its office to the North Dallas area in November. The new office will be more centrally located and will provide easier access to all our members.

We are excited about what the future holds. As always, our door is always open so please reach out to us if you need anything, would like to get involved, or would like to share your ideas with us.

Are you registered to vote?
If no, why not?
You are an important part of the hospitality industry and your voice and vote matters.

There are many things that can impact our industry not only at the local level, but also at the state and national level.

The November elections are right around the corner and Texas will convene its 86th Legislative Session in January. This upcoming session may have legislation introduced that could impact your business.

We encourage you to learn about the candidates and issues that could affect you and your family. Talk with your colleagues and employees about registering to vote because Tuesday, October 9th is the last day to register before the November elections.

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:
  • If You Haven’t Registered to Vote Yet, You Have Until October 9th. The Hotel Association of North Texas, along with the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, the Texas Association of Business and the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce among other employers is mounting a TxBiz Votes campaign to encourage employees and others to vote in the November elections. Texas has one of the lowest voting participation rates in the country. 

  • Tourism Public Improvement District Service Plan Easily Passes Dallas City Council. The TPID, like other public improvement districts in the City of Dallas, had to have its annual service plan approved by the Dallas City Council earlier this month. That happened on September 12 with a unanimous vote of the Council. 

  • Privatizing Dallas Convention Center Still on Track to Happen. In early May, the Dallas City Manager indicated the City of Dallas had an interest in privatizing the Dallas Convention Center similar to what has been done in Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. It’s down to two vendors now, with a vote of the Council expected in the October/November time frame. 

  • Fair Park Management Looks to be Privatized Soon Too. After close to 18 months of discussion, debate and research, the City of Dallas appears ready to turn the management of Fair Park over to a private management company. Earlier this month the proposal went before the City’s Park Board. They voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposal which now will go the City Council for final approval sometime over the next two months. 

  • Tracking the Upcoming 2019 City Elections. While most North Texas cities will host local elections next May, the one we’re tracking most closely is the City of Dallas Elections. Mayor Mike Rawlings is term limited from running again and right now up to 20 candidates are being mentioned as possible candidates. Depending on how many Dallas City Council members decide to run for the seat, an additional 4-6 seats on the Dallas Council could be open. 

  • Plano Tries to Impose New $11 per room Inspection Fee on Hotels. The City was looking to establish up to a $11 per room city inspection fee on hotel properties in response to complaints on conditions at some hotels in the City. The measure had been up for consideration earlier this month but was pulled at the hotel industry’s request to allow more time to determine potential costs to hotels in the city.
Upcoming Events
Legislative Update | October 18
Doubletree Dallas Love Field, Dallas

Membership Mixer | October 23
Cascades at The Colony, The Colony

Are Your Manners Better Than a 5th grader? | November 1

12th Annual HOSPY Awards Gala presented by Versacor | November 29
The Statler, Dallas

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