Galveston Hotel & Lodging Association


  • 02/21/2018 1:26 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    Save the Date - May 3rd

    Join the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau for the 4th Annual Tourism Summit!  This "must attend" event features a dynamic keynote address, top educational breakouts, opportunities to network with other tourism professionals and so much more!  More details to follow!

  • 01/11/2018 4:16 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    A new payment process will allow entities that collect Hotel Occupancy Taxes (HOT) to file and pay them in one step. The new process will automatically calculate the tax rate when the tax payer files his revenue report and will process the payment at the same time. Currently, tax payers must file and pay separately. The new system is being tested among a group of short-term rental property owners and is expected to launch in February. This is the final step in a multi-year process aimed at making HOT collections more business friendly. Previous changes include coordinating payment dates with state mandates, allowing tax payers to file quarterly instead of monthly and accepting credit card payments

  • 08/23/2017 2:00 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a "Tropical Storm Watch" for the City of Galveston as Tropical Depression Harvey reforms in the Gulf.  We encourage you to secure and prepare your property now for the potential of significant rainfall and storm surge flooding starting Friday thru the weekend.  

    For more information from the City of Galveston regarding storm preparations, please visit  You can also follow the City's Facebook page for periodic updates.  

    For the latest information on tropical system, visit the National Hurricane Center website at 

  • 05/30/2017 7:34 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    On May 29th, Governor  Greg Abbott signed into law HB 100 which created a statewide regulatory framework for ride sharing companies.  In light of the new legislation, Uber has indicated they will be resuming service in Galveston.   For more information, please click here. 

  • 03/06/2017 10:17 AM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    Save the Date - May 4th

    Join the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau for the 3rd Annual Tourism Sumitt!  This "must attend" event features a keynote address from the dynamic Cindy Novotny, top educational breakouts, the popular State of Galveston Panel, opportunities to network with other tourism professionals and so much more!  To pre-register, please click here.

  • 12/14/2016 2:55 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Alejandra Hernandez, Banquet Captain at the San Luis Resort & Spa who was named Hospitality Person of the Year in the Manager / Supervisor category.  Alejandra has always been a star employee who holds herself and her employees to the highest standards. She makes sure that every detail in taken care of. She remembers our repeat guest and makes sure that she has their favorite drink or specialty food item when they attend events. Alejandra exemplifies Hospitality!  

    Kevin Hanks, Steward with the San Luis Resort & Spa, received the Hospitality Person of the Year Award in the Heart of the House category. Kevin is the hardest working employee in the stewarding department . His "never say no" attitude translates to positive attitudes throughout the entire department. He always stays busy and is helpful to others. He is a tremendous asset to the San Luis family!

  • 11/22/2016 5:45 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    On November 22nd, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted an injunction regarding the Department of Labor's Overtime Regulations.  This injunction prohibits the new federal overtime salary regulations  from taking effect on December 1, 2016.  It is anticipated that the DOL will appeal the injunction but pending the appeal is being heard, the new regulations are enjoined and cannot go into effect.  

  • 09/22/2016 11:47 AM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    The Galveston Hotel & Lodging Association is pleased to annouce the 2017 Board of Directors.  Board Officers include Chair:  Steve Cunningham, Wyndham Hotels; First Vice Chair: Paul Schultz, Landry’s; Second Vice Chair:  Willis Gandhi, Holiday Inn Express; Sergeant At Arms – Theresa Elliott, Casa del Mar; and Treasurer:  Claire Reiswerg, Sand ‘N Sea Properties.  At Large Board Members include William "Buzz" Elton; Mike Pistone with the Hilton Galveston Resort; Kelly de Schaun with the Park Board of Trustees; Ron Sutula with Schlitterbahn; and John Zendt with Moody Gardens.

  • 08/30/2016 7:58 AM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    In Texas, Owners of multi-line telephone systems are now required to provide direct-dial access to 9-1-1 without having to dial an additional digit (9) first. Providers of multi-line telephone systems have until September 1, 2016 to comply. 

    If the existing MLTS cannot be re-programmed or replaced to meet the direct access requirement, a one-year waiver shall be granted upon timely submission of an affidavit. Business owners should contact their MLTS provider to learn if their phone system is compliant. Most new phone systems just need to be reprogrammed.  

    For more information on requirements or to request a waiver, visit 

  • 08/27/2016 4:08 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    The Park Board of Trustees will host a Public Hearing prior to the appoving the oepration budgets for the fiscal year 2016-2017 on Tuesday, September 6th at the Galveston Island Convention Center.  The session, which is open to the public, starts at 5:30pm.  This is your opportunity to learn about how hotel occupancy tax is utilized for the benefit of both tourists and residents.

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