SHMA is an association made up of hospitality professionals as well as industry and community partners with the common goal of building and bettering hospitality in Spokane and the surrounding area. Whether you have a large, full service property, a smaller, niche market property, or anything in between, you and your property will benefit by participating in the group that is driving economic and tourism development in the Spokane Region.
Driving business is important to all of us. The Spokane Hotel-Motel Association is responsible for creating the Tourism Promotion Area and maintains the administrative role for distributing the funds. As a hotelier in Spokane County, you are no doubt familiar with the fees you collect from your guests to build a fund dedicated specifically to tourism development in our area. Participating in our Association guarantees first hand knowledge of and access to the process by which the funds are distributed.
Our non-profit group meets once a month over lunch to discuss industry appropriate topics such as economic development, the Tourism Promotion Area, current/upcoming events, and anything else that might be effecting the industry at the time. In addition, we invite community members to present to our group on topics that are pertinent to our business. In the last year we have heard from, the Red Cross, The Lands Council, the Armed Forces & Aerospace Museum, EWU, and Sprague Pest Control to name a few. We are always interested in educating our membership on community and industry appropriate topics. We also maintain a close affiliation with the Washington State Lodging Association and share information between our groups on an on-going basis.
The cost of membership in the Spokane Hotel-Motel Association is based on a number of factors. Those funds facilitate the monthly operational expenses of the Association and also allow us to host our annual Legislative Gala to which we invite our State and Local Lawmakers. This has become a preferred, and much anticipated event for our industry and for our lawmakers. It is our opportunity to discuss hospitality issues and thank those that are affecting the rules and regulations of our business.
In all, the Spokane Hotel-Motel Association exists to ensure the growth and success of the lodging industry in the Spokane area. We are dedicated to the interests and improvements of hotels, motels, and inns, and to promote harmonious relations with allied industries to encourage participation in tourism promotion in the region.