The Slice gives you all the news you can use. Each issue will include any COVID-19 updates, reopening information, legislative news, and other relevant items for our readers. Please let us know if you'd like to see anything in particular or have other feedback - just email marketing@vrlta.org.
What's the Latest?
VA1 is Next Monday, 11/16!

We are looking forward to seeing those of you who registered for VA1! You should have gotten an email last week with information specific to the event, and will receive additional communications, but here are some helpful links...

  • Information on health and safety considerations can be found here.
  • Nearby parking options can be found here.
  • Nearby restaurants that are open can be found on this list, for those of you coming in on Sunday night.
  • Still want to make a hotel reservation? The special rate can be booked through 11/13 here.
  • The conference schedule can be seen here.
Download the VA1 Mobile App to be in the know! 

We've once again created the event mobile app, so that you can have everything at your fingertips. If you're registered for the event, look for an email from 11/10 with instructions to download. Missed the email? There are 3 ways you can get the app...

  1. To download, go to the Apple or Google app store and search for an app called CrowdCompass Events. Then, search for 2020 VA1 Tourism Summit.
  2. OR use this link to download: https://crowd.cc/s/3WfXm
  3. OR use this QR code to go to the online version of the event
Be sure to allow for push notifications to get updates throughout the conference!
Tourism Gives Back 

Each year, the VA1 Tourism Summit partners with a nonprofit organization local to the area. For the 2020 event, VA1 is supporting the Holli Fund.

The Holli Fund was inspired by Hollister Lindley, a beloved food writer and a powerful presence in the industry who lost a multi-year battle with ALS in late 2017. In honor of Hollister’s dedication to supporting some of the most hard-working members of our Richmond-area community, Holli Fund offers financial grants to those in the food service community experiencing an economic crisis such as injury, illness, death of an immediate family member, loss of wages or hours due to coronavirus restrictions, or other emergency.


Holli Fund, a 501 (c)(3), provides emergency grants to food service workers experiencing a financial crisis. Donations are tax deductible and will go directly towards supporting food services workers.

Thank you for helping Tourism Give Back!
Government Affairs
Restaurant Reopening Guidance Update
Recently, the National Restaurant Association updated their Restaurant Reopening Guidance. You can find the most recent iteration of this document here.
Virginia Department of Health Zoom Overview of Public Pool Programs
On November 17th, the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Environmental Health Services will be hosting a Zoom overview of the VDH’s Public Pool Program. The update will include a discussion on pool inspections, and the opportunity to provide feedback to staff. Below are the details:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 998 5372 5305
Passcode: 118390
VRLTA Releases 2021 Legislative Positions
Missed last week's Government Affairs call? Want to see what VRLTA's legislative priorities are for the upcoming year? Please visit this link.
More News You Can Use
Check Out VRLTA's New JOB BOARD!

VRLTA has just kicked off a brand new JOB BOARD, focused specifically on our industry!

What does this mean for you?

Employers can list hospitality and tourism jobs, and VRLTA members get unlimited listings for free through the end of the year (choose 30, 60 or 90 days - up to $100 value for each listing!). A 30-day listing for nonmembers is just $50. Job seekers can search jobs statewide and post their resume in the resume bank.

Let VRLTA help your business during this challenging time with a job board focused just on hospitality and tourism jobs. Take advantage of your membership and get free listings through the end of the year. There's no cost or risk to members - why not give it a try?

Want to list a position? It's SO easy...click here to learn more.
Governor Announces Revamped Rebuild VA Grant
VRLTA is pleased to announce that we have been working with the Governor’s office to implement changes to the structure of Governor Ralph Northam’s Rebuild VA economic recovery fund for businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.
Thanks to our efforts, VRLTA succeeded in getting the Governor to make changes to the program which will make funds available to more businesses. Changes include:

  • Increasing the maximum amount grant recipients can obtain; employers can now receive up to $100,000 in grant funding 
  • Allocating an additional $30 million to the fund, so a total of $100 million is now available to businesses
  • Expanding access to more businesses; now, businesses that earned up to $10 million in 2019 may apply, and businesses with up to 250 employees may apply.
The deadline is December 31, 2020; however, if you're interested in applying, do so soon, as the dollars are expected to run out quickly; we have heard that half of the funding has already been allocated, so don't delay!
You can find more on the program, including the application here.
Want to SAVE on Employee Insurance Programs?

It's that time of year! Did you know that VRLTA's UnitedHealthcare partnership can save you money, time, and headaches?
VRLTA is part of a strategic alliance program with UnitedHealthcare to help provide access to more affordable health care solutions for the hospitality industry. Through UHC, members have access to exclusive discounts including: Up to a 5% discount on medical rates for fully insured groups with 51 or more full-time employees; an annual invoice credit of up to 5% on administrative fees for new self-funded medical products for groups with 100 or more full-time employees; and up to a 5% discount on specialty benefits (dental, vision, life, disability, accident and critical illness) for all-size fully insured groups.

In addition, UHC offers wellness programs and services designed to help improve employee health, productivity and retention. Contact your broker or learn more here.