ADVOCACY

The Hotel Council of San Francisco serves as the voice of the hospitality industry in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The Hotel Council has strong partnerships with local government, elected officials, and community groups that help protect the interests of the hotel and hospitality industry.

Advocating on the Local Level

The Hotel Council lobbied throughout the year for our industry on local legislative issues that impact us. As always, our goal is to support legislation that benefits our industry, while stopping or editing laws that don’t.

We successfully advocated for an expanded conservatorship law that will require those with severe mental illness to receive treatment. The Council has also worked with Mayor London Breed to add additional funding for homelessness services, police officers and mental health resources, all of which will benefit our industry. Lastly, we have worked diligentlyon legislation for large refuse generators to ensure our industry would be able to efficiently implement the new requirements.

Advocating on the State Level

This year we continued to be involved in advocacy programs with our partners, the California Hotel and Lodging Association and Cal Travel. Our work on issues around homelessness, clean and safe streets, home sharing and transportation require us to meet frequently with our state legislators and representatives to make them aware of how these critical issues impact the hotel industry and tourism in California. This year we visited the state capital with CH&LA and Cal Travel and met with up to 20 legislators and staff members. These meetings allow for the concerns and perspectives of the Hotel Council members to be heard and recognized from key lawmakers in California.

Collaborating with Partner Organizations

The Hotel Council of San Francisco collaborates with business groups and organizations to strengthen and amplify our voice in the community and City Hall. Some of our key partners include:

  • California Hotel and Lodging Association
  • California Travel Association
  • American Hotel and Lodging Association
  • San Francisco Travel Association
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  • African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Golden Gate Restaurant Association
  • Building Owners and Operators Association
  • Community Benefit Districts

Working to Improve Transportation and Reduce Congestion

The Council continues to work with the SFMTA on increasing transit options and reducing congestion on our streets. We have been actively participating on the Better Market Streets Plan as well as the 5th Street Improvements Projects and Safer Taylor Street to ensure the interests of our members are represented during the development of the plans. We have also been working closely with BART and advocating for additional safety resources on trains and in BART stations.

Love our City: San Francisco Cleanup Day

The Hotel Council of San Francisco and San Francisco Travel partnered together to create the first ever “Love our City” event that took place in June 2019. This event was created to have the hospitality and tourism industries of San Francisco come together to clean up our shared public spaces for the city that we all love.

The Hotel Council is extremely proud of the volunteer and organizational efforts, and we cannot wait to see you at the 2nd Annual Love our City event in 2020.