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Industry News

Eugene Council sets vote on sick pay

July 26, 2014 - The Register-Guard

Mandatory sick leave is likely to pass in, setting up a possible court battle.

Ballot measures for November set

July 23, 2014 - Statesman Journal

Oregon’s November ballot is set with seven statewide measures.

Nines Hotel sold

July 17, 2014 - Portland Tribune

The Nines Hotel in downtown Portland has been sold to Pebblebrook Hotel Trust.

Mobile food units in Salem may expand

July 7, 2014 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

The City of Salem is considering expanding their mobile food unit ordinance.

Hotel business centers at risk for IT breach

July 16, 2014 - HotelNewsNow

The U.S. Secret Service has identified another potential chink in the hotel industry.

Proposed paid sick leave ordinance published

July 7, 2014 - Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce

Eugene has published their proposed sick leave ordinance; industry asked to testify.

Mobile food units in Salem may expand

July 7, 2014 - Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association

The City of Salem is considering expanding their mobile food unit ordinance.

Choosing the space that is best for your restaurant business

July 11, 2014 - The Lease Coach

Restaurants continue to be among the leaders in job growth, adding a net 32,800 jobs in June.

Restaurant job growth remains broad-based and robust in 2014

July 3, 2014 - National Restaurant Association

Restaurants continue to be among the leaders in job growth, adding a net 32,800 jobs in June.

City Council ready to legalize Airbnb short-term rentals

July 2, 2014 - The Oregonian

Legalizing rentals allows wider collection of lodging taxes, as paid by hotels and B&Bs.

California to raise hourly minimum wage to $9

June 30, 2014 - Nation's Restaurant News

Raise serves as a next step toward an eventual increase to $10 an hour by 2016.

Metro Council approves convention center hotel deal

June 26, 2014 - The Oregonian

Metro says the hotel would help bring five to 10 new conventions each year.

Portland business owners speak up about street fees

June 24, 2014 - The Oregonian

Business groups are the most likely opponents with enough clout to refer a street fee to voters.

Portland to embrace Airbnb-type short-term rentals

June 24, 2014 - Portland Tribune

The city could become one of the first in the nation to legalize Airbnb.

Eugene sick leave advances

June 19, 2014 - The Register-Guard

Councilors voted 6-2 to develop an ordinance requiring employers to provide paid sick time to workers.

City irons out rules as Airbnb alters rental scene

June 19, 2014 - Portland Tribune

The city and lodging industry are divided on what should be legal for short-term lodging.

Convention center hotel opponents on offense

June 19, 2014 - The Oregonian

Opponents will ask voters to levy a multimillion-dollar tax against a subsidized hotel project.

Portland street fee: Town hall meetings next week

June 16, 2014 - The Oregonian

Two town hall meetings are scheduled for June 24 and 25 to discuss the fees.

NRA Responds to CDC Norovirus Report

June 3, 2014 - National Restaurant Association

The report shows an overwhelming majority of outbreaks were non-foodborne.

Privatization supporters withdraw liquor ballot initiative

June 4, 2014 - Statesman Journal

Revisions to improve the initiative led to delays in a final ballot title.

Portland street fee delayed until November

June 3, 2014 - KATU

More time needed to structure fees for businesses and low-income families.

Is Portland big enough for a new high-end Hilton hotel?

June 2, 2014 - Portland Business Journal

Hilton Worldwide announced it has launched a boutique brand dubbed Curio.

Could Seattle's $15 minimum wage soon hit Portland?

June 3, 2014 - Portland Business Journal

The recently added paid sick leave makes a wage increase feasible.

Google shows how local intent drives consumer engagement

May 30, 2014 - Tnooz

Research shows consumers are amenable to customized-to-location advertising.

7 common I-9 errors and how to avoid them

May 29, 2014 - National Restaurant Association

Restaurants can face hefty fines if audit finds errors or inconsistencies in forms.

Boil advisory no longer in effect for Portland customers

May 25, 2014 - Portland Water Bureau

Check with Portland Water Bureau for the latest updates.

7 alcohol trends at the NRA Show

May 23, 2014 - National Restaurant Association

Tastes for liquor are moving from clear spirits to dark ones.

Portland's street fees to impact restaurants and hotels

May 22, 2014 - ORLA

Tell Portland City Council not to impose street fees; meeting set for May 29.

Eugene sick leave proposal draws mixed views

May 18, 2014 - The Register-Guard

Some business owners may have to reduce other expenses.

Liquor privatization initiative moves forward

May 17, 2014 - The Oregonian

The group has a second, slightly different, initiative also in the works.

Darden sells Red Lobster for $2.1 billion

May 16, 2014 - The Huffington Post

The company expects net cash proceeds would be used to retire debt.

Metro tries to fend off HQ hotel challenges

May 13, 2014 - Portland Tribune

Opponents revise lawsuit as agency seeks resolution.

More restaurants swap parking for outdoor seats

May 13, 2014 - KGW

The city will allow businesses to use street parking for seating.

Airbnb quietly tries a new approach to selling tours and activities

May 12, 2014 - tnooz

Airbnb is struggling to stay out of the news with various regulatory issues.

Battle in Seattle: Operators face $15 minimum wage

May 7, 2014 - Restaurant Hospitality

Operators there say this rate would strike a mortal blow to their unit economics.

Is new supply ‘the biggest disruptor coming our way?’

May 5, 2014 - Hotel Management

No matter what the future, the best course of action is to ensure rates are optimized.

Liquor privatization ballot should include 'imposes wholesale tax'

May 1, 2014 - The Oregonian

The proposed measure would allow grocers to cut their own deals with liquor manufacturers.


Latest Press Releases

Seaside High School Wins 2014 Oregon ProStart Culinary Championship

March 3, 2014 - ORLA

95 Oregon H.S. Prostart Culinary Students Compete For $180,000 In Scholarships

February 17, 2014 - ORLA

Education Foundation for Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association hosts statewide event to showcase the industry's future workforce.

Ryan Snyder Elected Chair of ORLA Board

November 20, 2013 - ORLA

ORLA Elects Martin Hospitality President Ryan Snyder as 2013-1014 Chairman of the Board.

Erickson Named Oregon’s Lodging Operator of the Year

November 12, 2013 - ORLA

ORLA Presents Chris Erickson With Lodging Operator of the Year Award.

Oregon Hospitality Leaders Honored with Statewide Awards

September 6, 2013 - ORLA

Three members of Oregon’s foodservice and lodging industry have been selected as state winners of the 2013 Hospitality Industry Awards.

Liberty Mutual Insurance returns more than $1.6 Million to ORLA Members

September 4, 2013 - Liberty Mutual Insurance

Liberty Mutual Insurance announced an overall retrospective rating adjustment of more than $1.6 million for businesses participating in its group workers comp program.