For nearly a century, HANTX has been building relationships with local, state and national elected officials, keeping them informed about issues that affect and impact our North Texas hotel and hospitality community.
Working together with our partners and with a unified voice, we are able to showcase the economic importance and impact our industry has on the local economy and workforce.
The Hotel Association of North Texas is a member of the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association and participates in "Converge on the Capital" during each Texas legislative session. We advocate on behalf of our members at a local and state level on issues that impact and are important and to the hospitality community and encourage our members to be part of our advocacy efforts.
To find out who represents you, please go to: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx.
Locally, HANTX stays on top of issues that are impacting our community and our members. During COVID, we advocated for the safe reopening of North Texas with local and state officials. In addition, we:
- Saved some members tens of thousands of dollars as we worked with city officials to delay regulations that would have created a significant cost expenditure for members.
- Stopped the enforcement on non-essential city ordinances until travel returns to normal
- Worked with our city and county officials on a number of issues including housing, evictions, parking, and inspection fees on behalf of North Texas hotels
- Communicated with our members throughout the pandemic on numerous issues and alerted them issues impacting them
In Dallas, the ballot measure of most interest to the hotel and hospitality communities will be Proposition A. This ballot measure – placed on the November 8 ballot last month by the Dallas City Council – seeks voter approval to increase the hotel occupancy tax by two percent in support of expanding the convention center and making improvements to the city’s historic Fair Park.
The hotel association plans to be active in support of Proposition A with voter registration campaign directed at hotel employees and an information effort directed toward the broader community on the importance of Proposition A to the hospitality industry.
If approved by voters, the new convention center is expected to catapult Dallas into the top tier of convention centers in the country and help Fair Park keep the Texas OU game as well as host large events such as the World Cup in 2026.
Construction on the Convention Center is projected to begin in 2024 with an expected completion date of 2029. Improvements at Fair Park would begin in 2024 with most being completed in time for the start of the North American 2026 World Cup games.
If you have questions or need assistance regarding city ordinances or policies, please contact Traci at firstname.lastname@example.org.