Year-Round Programs & Events Serve WLA Members
For more than 90 years, the Washington Lodging Association (WLA) has been a valued partner to the state's lodging owners and operators, paving the way to opportunities and mitigating the challenges of turbulent times. WLA strengthens state hospitality by supporting favorable legislation, promoting tourism and green initiatives, delivering cutting-edge education and safety programs and providing its members with millions of dollars in refunds and savings annually.
The Washington Lodging Association launched a Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program in 2006 with a pledge to safeguard members against the skyrocketing costs of workers' compensation insurance by providing scrupulous management of claims and proactive programs that result in a decrease in workplace accidents and injuries.
Now serving over 200 hotels and restaurants, WLA’s Workers’ Comp Safety & Savings Program benefits participating businesses by providing them with:
Lower up-front premiums and opportunities for future refunds.
Proactive safety training programs aimed at decreasing on-the-job accidents and injuries.
Diligent management of workers’ comp claims.
Hands-on assistance in bringing employees back to work sooner.
Learn more about how your business can benefit from the WLA Workers' Comp Safety & Savings Program:
To schedule an on-site Loss Control Review or to find out more about the program, email WLA or call 877-906-1001.
Green Lodging News
Background: WLA's Greening Washington's Lodging Industry Program
In 2009 Washington Lodging Association received a Public Participation Grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to underwrite WLA's Greening Washington's Lodging Industry Program. Working with Cascadia Consulting Group, WLA implemented a pilot program from March 2010 through June 2011 which demonstrated the benefits of green lodging. Columbia Hospitality and Best Western Peppertree Inns of Washington were selected as the project's two pilot companies and working with Cascadia, they implemented at least three environmental practices at each of their properties, measured the business and environmental impacts and shared the results and lessons learned with industry peers, guests and the public.
"Through this program, we demonstrated that green lodging is good business practice, even in these challenging economic times. Many green practices result in utility savings and sometimes leverage financial incentives, such as utility rebates and tax breaks," said Gerry Link, CHA, WLA Green Team Co-Chair.
Both pilot companies experienced cost savings, marketing benefits and enhanced employee engagement. For highlights of the companies' successes and lessons learned click here for Columbia Hospitality's Green Pilot case study and here to see Best Western Peppertree Inns of Washington's case study. For more detailed results, check out Columbia Hospitality's presentation from the March 7, 2011 WLA luncheon or Best Western Peppertree Inns of Washington's presentation from the June 9, 2011 WLA luncheon. With the assistance of our PR and communications partner, Colehour+Cohen, WLA and its pilot companies have received media attention for their Greening Washington's Lodging Industry Program.
As a part of the Green Program, we challenged other hotels around Washington to undertake at least one new green initiative. These 22 properties pledged 44 new green actions.
In 2012 Washington Lodging Association's application for a 2nd Public Participation Grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to support and expand the Greening Program came in third place. Unfortunately due to funding issues, no Public Participation Grants were awarded in 2012, and the Greening Committee continues to look for ways to enhance and grow the Greening Program.
To share your ideas for the Greening Program, or to volunteer on the Greening Committee, please email or call us at 877-906-1001.
Celebrating 16 Years of Guiding Visitors on their Travels through Washington State
The Washington State Visitors’ Guide has been an essential resource for millions of travelers since it was first launched by Washington Lodging Association in 2000 to strengthen the state’s tourism industry. Now celebrating 16 years of engaging millions of travelers, the popular Visitors’ Guide is published in partnership with the Washington Tourism Alliance and SagaCity Media, Inc., publishers of Seattle Met, Portland Monthly and other award-winning magazines.
As the only official publication for marketing Washington State, the Visitors’ Guide has a circulation of 375,000 and each edition reaches close to a million travelers. It is mailed for free upon request, distributed in visitors centers and tourism locations throughout Washington and other western states, sent to 65,000 subscribers of Seattle Met and Portland Monthly magazines, and available in select retail locations.
Prospective travelers can also read the Visitors’ Guide in a digital edition or order their own copy on the WTA’s website, ExperienceWA.com, and on WLA’s consumer website, StayinWashington.com. Savvy travelers can access versions of the Guide optimized for use on iPads, Android tablets, and smartphones.
StayInWashington.com, WLA’s dynamic consumer website, is designed to encourage travel throughout Washington and quickly links visitors to accommodation options in all parts of the state. In doing so, it helps fulfill WLA’s mission of strengthening the state’s vital hospitality industry.
As the companion site to the annual Washington State Visitors’ Guide, which WLA has been publishing since 2000, StayinWashington.com extends the power of the print edition to the Internet. It connects visitors with great trip ideas, valuable travel resources, popular attractions and useful Google maps, and features a statewide calendar and the ability to search for accommodations by region and city. In addition, visitors can make reservations on the site through Travelocity.
All WLA lodging members receive a basic line listing on StayinWashington.com, and members who advertise in the print edition of the Visitors’ Guide receive as part of their advertising campaign an individual page on the site that includes photos and detailed descriptions of their properties.
StayInWashington.com also features a state-of-the-art digital edition of the Washington State Visitors’ Guide with hyperlinked ads and live links from every URL mentioned in the popular guide. Visitors to the site can also have a copy of the Visitors’ Guide mailed to them for a nominal shipping and handling fee.
CPR in English and Spanish, Anti-Harassment and Discrimination, Unemployment Claims Management, Fall Protection, Safety Orientation for New Hires and more. Members of WLA and WLA's Workers' Comp Safety & Savings Program are entitled to four free class registrations each year, and all classes are available at discounted member rates.
Click here for a class schedule, descriptions and how to register.
Free Claims Management Workshops. Receive your Claims Management Manual and valuable tools and information on managing claims and controlling costs. Workshops are conducted by claims experts and are presented by Approach Management Services. Annual attendance at a Claims Management Workshop is required for every member of the WLA Workers' Comp Safety & Savings Program.
Click here for a workshop schedule, descriptions and how to register.
Loss-Control Reviews. Bring a loss-control review or other accident prevention program right to your property. Click here to see all the benefits of a Loss-Control Review.
To learn more about how your business can benefit from the WLA Safety& Savings Program or to register for safety classes, a claims management workshop, or loss prevention program, email us or call us at 877-906-1001.
|13-Mar||Safety Orientation for New Hires (Seattle)|
|26-Mar||Brain Trust (Bellevue)|
|2-Apr||Brain Trust (Lacey)|
|7-Apr||CPR/First Aid Certification (Seattle)|
|13-Apr||Back Care & Safe Lifting Methods (Seattle)|
|16-Apr||Claims Management Workshop (Southcenter)|
|17-Apr||Fall Protection (Seattle)|
|24-Apr||Accident Response and Investigation (Seattle)|
|30-Apr||Brain Trust (Bellevue)|
|5-May||CPR/First Aid Certification (Seattle)|
|8-May||Bloodborne Pathogens (Seattle)|
|19-May||Claims Management Workshop (Spokane)|
|28-May||Brain Trust (Bellevue)|
Each WLA member business gets four free class registrations per year. Choose classes from the schedule below or let Approach Management Services customize classes for you and your staff. WLA Retro Program members can arrange to have sessions conducted on-site, and all classes can be conducted in Spanish or English. Injured workers from a business enrolled in WLA’s Workers’ Comp Savings & Refunds Program get all classes free. Class times and locations are subject to change.
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Phone: 206-306-1001 Toll Free: 877-906-1001 Fax: 206-306-1006
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