Make Your Voice Heard in Montpelier and Washington, DC
Vermont lodging properties of all sizes need a voice in Washington D.C. and Montpelier now more than ever. There are 132 trade and professional associations in Vermont, yet a unified lodging association is not one of them. We do not have a distinct voice advocating for the unique issues of Vermont’s lodging industry as a whole.
Vermont innkeepers and hoteliers have a strong tradition of giving — always giving — never considering to ask for anything back. That’s just what we do. The global pandemic marked the first time in years that Vermont’s lodging industry found itself in a position to ask for help. Even if you received an EIDL loan, or Vermont Economic Recovery Grant, think ahead to winter. High fixed costs such as mortgages, insurance, and property taxes are not going to go away even as revenues fall drastically behind last year’s levels. We need aid! We need a voice!
Grassroots Efforts Got Us Started
To date, a grassroots group of innkeepers and hoteliers has met with key leaders including:
- Governor Scott
- Senator Patrick Leahy
- Representative Peter Welch
- Senator Majority Leader Tim Ashe and Speaker Mitzi Johnson
We may have gotten the ball rolling, but to truly represent the entire lodging industry, and to build momentum, we have secured Downs Rachlin Martin’s government relations team to take our efforts to the next level. While we work through the logistics of forming a statewide lodging association in the long term, DRM has the expertise and connections to amplify our voice with our legislators regarding Coronovirus relief and travel restrictions right now!
DRM’s team consists of professionals who are well equipped to ensure Vermont lodging’s voice is heard. After all, we all have hotels and inns to run, right?
We need you to jump in:
Here are three things you can do to ensure this effort is a success.
- Visit this site often to see DRM’s position paper and fact sheets that will serve as road maps for our legislators.
- Know their name: Take calls and answer emails from DRM. Share your information to the extent you can. They can only be as powerful as the data and stories they collect.
- Contribute. Your seed money will help get this advocacy effort off the ground.
Contribute as much as you can:
In the near term, we have registered with the Secretary of State as the Vermont Lodging Coalition. We are working in concert with the Vermont Inn and Bed & Breakfast Association through its 501(c)(6) association status to collect contributions for our advocacy work. Hotels, motels, resorts, B&B’s, and inns of all sizes are pitching in seed money to fund this essential effort, especially in light of the challenges presented by this pandemic. We hope you will chip in what you can as soon as possible. Thank you!
Please print this form and return it with your check payable to Vermont Inn and Bed & Breakfast Association (be sure to memo “Vermont Lodging Coalition”).
Jack Orlando, VIBBA Treasurer
Inn at Ormsby Hill
1842 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255