The Boulder Hotel & Motel Association is a nonprofit representing 19 lodging accommodations in Boulder. These include luxury hotels downtown, budget-conscious lodging, elegant B&Bs and inns with distinctive ambiance, weekly rentals, historic properties, residence lodging for long term and corporate housing. The deals page will aid the search for the best buy in Boulder.
BHMA, founded more than 30 years ago, has parallel missions to serve its hospitality industry members and to serve the greater Boulder community.
Members meet throughout the year to conduct association business, participate in professional development and education programs, engage in networking and social activities and participate in community outreach programs.
Educational meetings topics range from Best Practices information; updates on hospitality and employment laws, tourism trends and analysis from the Colorado Tourism Office, University of Colorado Economic advisors; and Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau. BHMA also hosts bi-annual luncheons to meet and hear from candidates for Boulder City Council.
BHMA also has a history of engagement in community improvement. As an industry, tourism is both one of the largest single contributors to the city budget in terms of economic impact, including lodging, restaurants, and arts, part of retail, attractions and festivals. Visitor spending, often referred to as a “silent tax contributor”, brings additional dollars to our community without incurring any expenses for infrastructure such as city services. Tourism tax dollars flowing to the undedicated funds category directly support libraries, police, fire departments, parks, arts, trash collection, open space, human services and many other residential amenities.
In 2010 the BHMA supported an initiative which increased the Accommodation Tax form 5.5% to 7.5% on January 1, 2011. This initiative brought new unrestricted funds to the City’s General Fund helping to address the projected shortfall in the City’s budget and to increase the marketing budget for the Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Over the years, BHMA has sponsored programs enriching the community including:
- ProStart, an educational program for high school students who are interested in hospitality management careers was introduced to Boulder Valley schools in 2001 with the help of BHMA. The ProStart program is a national hospitality education program that offers junior and senior high school students the opportunity to work in mentored industry internships, to receive college credit and scholarships.
- 9 News Health Fair was sponsored and administered by BHMA volunteers in 2005 and 2006 making free health evaluation services to over 1000 Boulder residents.
- The Boulder Shelter for the Homeless receives frequent donations by BHMA members of blankets, pillows, and personal care products.
- In July, 2011, BHMA initiated and organized a Silent Auction benefit to help Four Mile Fire District to replace its fire engine destroyed in the September 2010 wildfire in the Boulder foothills. More than $15,000 was collected. Bret Gibson, Fire Chief, Four Mile Fire Protection District, said that by adding the new cash donations to the engine’s initial payment, ore than $40,000 will be saved in reduced interest payments over the long term.
The members of the BHMA are good neighbors and constituents. An estimated $1 million is donated by our hotels through “in kind” contributions, volunteer hours and complimentary rooms. All members participate in water conservation through a “green laundry program” in which linens are laundered only at checkout unless specifically requested during their stay by guests.