WEEK OF May 25, 2020

Do you have a STAR working at your hotel or lodging property? Nominate them now for WH&LA's Stars of the Industry Awards:

Innkeeper of the Year
This award is presented to a WH&LA member property owner, operator, or general manager.

Corporate Champion 
This award is presented to a WH&LA member in key management of companies owning/operating lodging properties in Wisconsin. 

Associate of the Year
This award is presented to a WH&LA Associate Member who has a proven track record of exceptional quality service to Wisconsin's lodging industry.

Spirit of Hospitality 
This award honors lodging employees who are exemplary role models of the true spirit of hospitality in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association has maintained an active partnership with STR for many years. As the leader in data benchmarking and analytics for the hotel industry, STR plays an integral role in our ability to track hotel performance here in Wisconsin and support our members in every way that we can.
Now, more than ever, we need our members to contribute their data. If your property does not currently participate in the STAR Program please follow this link  to enroll in the  Hotel Survey Program. A rep from STR will reach out to you to complete the setup process and then you will start receiving complimentary monthly performance reports for your market. 
We appreciate your willingness to provide data in support of WH&LA and the eventual recovery of the hotel industry in our state.

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Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association: Announces new President, CEO William "Bill" Elliott, CAE
The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association (WH&LA) is pleased to announce that William "Bill" Elliott, CAE will become their new President CEO on June 1, 2020.

Wisconsin hotel revenue drops $82 million in March because of Covid-19
Milwaukee Business Journal
Milwaukee County hotels saw room and food sales slashed in half in March compared with last year, marking another sign of how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the hospitality industry.

Wisconsin tourism industry scrambling to adjust to heavy financial losses due to COVID-19
Despite a record-setting year for Wisconsin tourism in 2019, the industry was scrambling to adjust to the shock of coronavirus while hoping the Memorial Day weekend can start a comeback to mitigate millions of dollars in losses.

A summer of the unknown as tourism season begins with a crawl amid COVID-19 pandemic

Memorial Day weekend is when this community of Ducks, T-shirt shops, spas, zip lines, restaurants and lazy rivers is normally in full-blown tourist mode.
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2020 Wisconsin State Fair cancelled
The Wisconsin State Fair will not take place this year.  State Fair Board Chairman John Yingling made the announcement today, citing safety concerns due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

After Crowds Drew Unwanted Social Media Attention, Lake Geneva Grapples With Way Forward
Visitors to Lake Geneva may find wider walkways and more encouragement to wear masks after images of large crowds in the tourist town circulated on social media over Memorial Day weekend. 

Renaissance Milwaukee West hotel to open in Wauwatosa by August
Wauwatosa is getting a new hotel come August.  Renaissance Milwaukee West is set to open right next to Mayfair Mall, at 2300 N. Mayfair Rd., this summer.

Coronavirus And Summer Travel To Northern Wisconsin
The weather is getting warmer, and many Wisconsinites may be starting to think about their summer travel plans to Northern Wisconsin. 

AHLA applauds House on passage of bipartisan legilation to expand, enhance Paycheck Protection Program
The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, AHLA president and CEO, on bipartisan legislation that overwhelmingly passed in the U.S. House of Representatives to enhance the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help more hotels rehire and retain employees and keep their doors open businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Hotel operations, design adjust to social distancing
Hotel News Now
As health officials continue to urge the public to practice social distancing, hotels are finding ways to adapt, despite many unknowns surrounding what works and what doesn't.
Travel Agent Central
With hygiene the top focus of the world during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the travel and hospitality industries have upped their game to ensure a clean and safe environment for guests on the road.

Back-to-Business Meetings Incentives for Planners
Meetings Today
As state and local government restrictions begin to lift in the wake of the  COVID-19 pandemic,  planners, hotels and CVBs are eager to get back to business in a way that is safe for both guests and employees.  

Three Ways to Reduce Hotel Food Waste and Cut Costs
Lodging Magazine
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a variety of challenges for the hospitality industry. With shelter-in-place orders in effect in many states and the population effectively grounded for the foreseeable future, vacations, business trips, and most other travel plans are put on hold as the country tries to slow the spread of the virus.    
Request for Room Night Donations - WH&LA's "Getting Back" Online Auction
Please consider a donation to WH&LA's upcoming "Getting Back" Online Auction!  Donated overnights and gift certificates offer added exposure for your property and encourage travelers to plan ahead to get back to their favorite destinations, while supporting the WH&LA. This auction will be heavily promoted online and to over 8,500 WI Getaways subscribers. There is no cost other than your donation.

Kari Zambon Memorial Scholarship 
The WH&LA Board of Directors would like to offer a Scholarship in honor of  WH&LA Past Chairman Kari Zambon , co-owner of Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander, who was a true tourism champion in our state and who passed away  April 5, 2020.   They have suggested that in addition to their donations, there may be others in the state who would like to donate to this scholarship as well. If you would like to participate, please send your check to "WH&LA Scholarship Fund", noting "in honor of Kari Zambon" on the note line or in a cover page, sending it to WH&LA, 2015 S. Moorland Road - Suite 200, Brookfield, Wi. 53005 or call 262-782-2851 ext. 12   if you prefer using a charge card.