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GAC 2023 Goals

The MCHA Government Affairs Committee goals have been updated to reflect relevant current issues and needs of our industry, including: water, workforce housing, childcare and ongoing relationships with MCCVB and local officials/organizations. Click below for an overview of how MCHA will advocate to support the industry throughout 2023.

2022 Volunteer of the Year and HOSPY Award Winner: Marc Kelley

2022 Volunteer of the Year and HOSPY Award Winner

Congratulations to our 2022 Volunteer of the Year and HOSPY Award Winner:Marc Kelley, Private Public Strategic Solutions Pictured above with 2022 Board Chair Mark Watson and 2021 HOSPY Winner Kaitlin Ford.

Heart of Hospitality,  Soul of a Leader

Monterey County Hospitality Association - 2022 Papa Vince Award Recipient Once in a great while, tragic circumstances present us with a challenge for which we cannot prepare.  In these unthinkable moments, one of the most powerful roles a leader can play is in helping people to find their own resilience and building a culture of encouragement.  That […]

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Spotlight on Hospitality: From Carmel Valley to Congress, Panetta draws on lasting hospitality lessons

Congressman Jimmy Panetta, the U.S. House of Representatives member for California’s 20th district, landed his first hospitality job in the seventh grade. Panetta rode his BMX bike to work at the Velvet Fox, a former Carmel Valley restaurant where he bussed tables. “I was a busboy until I spilled tartar sauce on a lady's dress, […]

Spotlight on Hospitality: MCHA Awards NRAEF Scholarship

Susanna Hoffman’s journey to a tourism degree began at Noodle Bar, in her hometown of Marina. The restaurant job she started at age 16 sparked an interest in hospitality, and she gained additional industry experience as a Monterey Bay Aquarium volunteer. Then, a high school counselor told Hoffman about hospitality and event planning courses at […]

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Hospitality Recognition Lunch 2022 Award Recipients

Congratulations to our Hospitality Recognition Lunch Award Recipients! PAPA VINCE AWARD Miguel Lopez - Bernardus Lodge & Spa FOCUS ON GUEST EXPERIENCE Miguel Lopez - Bernardus Lodge & Spa Rocio Diaz - Inns-by-the-Sea, Candle Light Inn Nick Subedi - Coastal Roots Hospitality, Tarpy’s Roadhouse Jay Holland - Monterey Bay Aquarium HEART OF THE HOUSE Donaji […]

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A healthy economy starts with a strong hospitality workforce 

In a region known for vineyards and vegetable fields, only hospitality approaches the economic impact of agriculture. Monterey County recorded $2.5 billion in travel spending last year. Visitors generated $264 million in state and local taxes that paid for city services and neighborhood projects. While that’s down from a $3.24 billion impact in 2019, before […]

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Monterey County Hospitality Association updates website, new logo

The Monterey County Hospitality Association, the organization that serves the industry including hotels, inns, restaurants, visitor attractions, and hospitality-related businesses, has launched an updated website and unveiled a new logo. (www.mcha.net) The Monterey County Hospitality Association has rolled out an updated website and new logo “to better serve the local hospitality industry and MCHA members,” […]

Spotlight on Hospitality: Hospitality professionals connect with free wellness services

Last month, local hospitality employees enjoyed free biometric health assessments, personalized wellness coaching and nutritious snacks — including smoothies blended by bicycle power. The events were part of the first-ever Hospitality Industry Wellness Fair held at the Portola Hotel & Spa.The Monterey County Hospitality Association organized the event together with Montage Health and the Blue […]

Coalition Water Letter: Support for the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project

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Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) Partners with Commute With Enterprise to Offer Vanpool Option Subsidy for Monterey County Commuters

As Monterey County reopens and businesses welcome employees back into the workplace, commuters can take advantage of new incentives to further help reduce the high costs related to their commute. Realizing that existing public transit alternatives do not always meet the work commute needs of everyone in Monterey County, MST, in partnership with Commute with […]

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MCHA M. Watson Water Letter

Letter to MPUSD: Affordable Childcare Facilities

Abigail Castillo pouring brut for a wedding ceremony at Folktale's Rose Vineyard

Spotlight on Hospitality: Local academic institutions train a new generation of hospitality professionals

Abigail Castillo was studying sustainable hospitality management at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) when she volunteered at a wine festival on the Colton Hall lawn. The experience introduced an enticing career path.  "I got a quick introduction and then I spent the whole day pouring wine and talking to people. I just fell in […]

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Scholarship Spotlight: Susanna Hoffman

MCHA recognizes one local student annually with a scholarship opportunity to study Hospitality and Tourism.  Susanna Hoffman is from Marina, California and is a College Senior studying Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her concentration is Event Planning and Experience Management. For the last year, she has been working four […]

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MPC Fall Courses

Courses Geared towards Hospitality and Career Advancement at MPC Fall 2022 Customer Service & Sales HOSP 64: Customer Service (online this fall, (8/22 - 10/15)  This highly practical class provides insight into the customer service environment and essential workplace skills, including problem-solving, dealing with difficult customers, and managing customer service. Communications basics of listening, non-verbal communication, and technology communications […]

Affordable Child Care

Monterey County Hospitality Association Endorses Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care Act

The November 2022 ballot measure would provide supplemental funding for the county’s child care system through a $49 per year parcel tax.   "The Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care Act is a much needed and long overdue initiative to begin the process of addressing the severe need for child care in Monterey County. The hospitality industry faces […]

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