Now more than ever, Vermont lodging properties need a voice in Montpelier. Last year, there were 132 trade and professional associations in Vermont, yet a unified lodging association was not one of them. With the merging of the Vermont Inn and Bed and Breakfast Association and the grass roots Vermont Lodging Coalition, Vermont now has an organization dedicated solely to supporting the Vermont lodging industry. We are here to help your business succeed!
VLA gives you a legislative voice
VLA has engaged the distinguished government relations division of Downs Rachlin Martin (DRM), one of Vermont’s most well-respected law firms, to represent us in the very important 2021 legislative session. While we are all appreciative of the grant monies that were allocated to lodging via the Cares Act, we know that travel restrictions and a travel-wary public, mean our difficulties are far from over.
DRM is well equipped and well connected to ensure Vermont lodging’s voice is heard. Grant allocations, regulatory issues and short term rental regulation are just some of the topics that that will be addressed. DRM has an ear to the ground to monitor legislative actions that impact your lodging business.
DRM’s team consists of professionals who attend every relevant committee meeting so that we don’t miss a thing. When it comes time for you to reach out to your representative — neighbor to neighbor — we will let you know. And, we will give you the tools that make it quick and easy to do so. After all, we all have hotels and inns to run, right?
We need your help:
Here are three things you can do to make sure our lodging voice is as strong as possible:
- Bookmark this site: Visit it often. See DRM’s position papers and fact sheets that will serve as road maps for speaking with our legislators and the media.
- Know their name: Take calls and answer emails from DRM and the VLA. Share your information and personal experience to the extent you can. DRM can only be as powerful as the data and stories they collect.
- Contribute: Your membership dues ensure that we can have a strong voice — in Montpelier, with the media and amongst ourselves through networking and educational events.
Stay informed. Sign up for lodging advocacy alerts by emailing info@LodgingVT.com
Part of providing a strong voice for Vermont lodging is understanding what issues are front and center with our membership. We understand that the issues keeping the small vintage motel owner in the Northeast Kingdom may or may not be the same as those of the general manager of a chain hotel in Burlington, or the CEO of a large ski resort in Killington. While Covid relief has taken center stage in 2020 and will continue to do so well into 2021, it is important that we understand what issues are most pressing for you.
Drop us a line at info@LodgingVT.com and let us know what’s on your mind. Some food for thought is:
- Covid-19 tools and resources
- Covid-19 grant relief
- Unlicensed lodging rental (air bnb) regulations
- Other regulatory issues
- Ideas for networking events
- Ideas for member-to-member Zoom meetings
- Education topics that you would like to see
- Whatever is on your mind!