Jan 29

Casino’s Contributions to State Drop Sharply

Jan. 28–Tribal contributions from Indian gaming revenue to Arizona dropped steeply last quarter compared with the same period a year ago, the Arizona Department of Gaming announced today. Arizona tribes’ contribution for the quarter ending Dec. 31 was about $12.8 million, down 16.1 percent from $15.2 million in the same quarter in 2007. Contributions were down every quarter in 2008 when compared to 2007, but the most recent drop was the largest.

Under the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact, tribes with casinos contribute one to eight percent of their Class III gross gaming revenue to the state, cities, towns and counties. Gross gaming revenue, or net win, is the difference between a casino’s gaming wins and losses, before casino expenses are deducted.

State and local governments use tribal contributions to pay for education, trauma care, wildlife conservation, tourism promotion, problem gambling services and the Department’s operating expenses.

Tribes send contributions to the state Arizona Benefits Fund every three months. Since the Tribal-State Gaming Compact went into effect in 2003, Arizona tribes have contributed more than $483 million to the state, cities, towns and counties.


Quarter ending Dec. 31, 2008

Contributions: $12.8 million/–16.1 percent

Quarter ending Sept. 30, 2008

Contributions: $25 million/–9.5 percent

Quarter ending June 30, 2008

Contributions: $26 million/–7.5 percent

Quarter ending March 31, 2008

Contributions: $24.4 million/–0.8 percent

Quarter ending Dec. 31, 2007

Contributions: $15.2 million/+0.6 percent

Jan 29

According to HotelEPacket.com Data, Hotel Industry Set to Save Between $600M and $1.2B Annually

PHOENIX, AZ – Louis Godin of http://www.HotelEPacket.com officially released data today showing that the hotel industry is losing millions of dollars each year through unorganized virtual sales procedures and a lack of virtual sales and catering staff training. The data also show that the hotel industry must incorporate traditional selling techniques in its virtual sales procedures. The organizational data supporting these findings is based on 18 years of sales management and customer service experience in the hospitality industry and 10 years of hotel Internet marketing, sales and advertising research.

Based on a 2002 census of 46,295 hotels and motels in the U.S., with each lodging facility and event facility providing two virtual sales calls per business day annually, at an average estimated cost of $25 per call, the industry would save over $600 million each year. At four virtual sales calls per business day annually, the industry would save over $1.2 billion. This estimate does not include wasted productivity or the thousands of tons of material added to landfills each year by paper-based sales materials.

According to Godin, there should be no need to access snail-mail, faxes, e-mails, attachments, word documents, Web links or PowerPoint and PDF brochures once an inquiry or sales call is complete.

“The Internet offers many cost-effective resources and tools to forward virtually unlimited sales information that will capture prospective business,” said Godin. “Web sites are good marketing tools, but they do not provide hotel and event planning sales professionals with the resources and education needed to streamline the service sales call. The hotel sales industry must start analyzing its cost-effective virtual options, organize its virtual sales procedures, train its sales staff and begin distributing and presenting sales information to include traditional sales standards to ensure an increase in profits and a decrease in annual marketing budgets.”