WEEK OF July 13, 2020
*new packages will be added each Wednesday!

Thanks to your generosity, we are able to encourage travelers to  Get Back to Wisconsin Hotels with this special online auction! 
WH&LA Virtual Town Hall featuring Tourism Secretary-Designee Sara Meaney  

Thursday, July 23 @ 1 pm

Virtual Town Hall featuring Maggie Gau, Chief of Staff for Gov. Evers

Wednesday, July 29 @ 1 pm

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Gov. Tony Evers Creates Task Force On Broadband Access
The task force will be charged with promoting broadband expansion and researching policies and projects to meet the state's goals.
Wisconsin added to New York, New Jersey quarantine travel advisory
Wisconsin has now been added to a list of states included in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut travel advisory requiring travelers to quarantine,  according to a message posted on Governor Andrew Cuomo's website.
Related:  Gov. Evers 'doesn't anticipate' creating traveler quarantine list similar to New York's
Milwaukee Business Journal
The state of New York on Tuesday added Wisconsin to its list of states whose travelers must quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state when coming into New York.
Drive-Thru Job Fair Takes Place In Communities Around Wisconsin Friday
Statewide worker shortages have been a chief concern for the business community for years, but regulations to stem the spread of COVID-19 have since overtaken worker shortages as the business community's  No. 1 most important issue , according to survey results from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
COVID-19 edges out workforce shortage as biggest concern among Wisconsin businesses, survey finds
Wisconsin State Journal
Public restrictions sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic and the state's now-abolished stay-at-home order topped the list of challenges being faced by Wisconsin employers, according to a new survey of business owners.
Real Racine's Blank provides somber COVID-19 tourism update
Wisconsin State Journal
Blank reported to Tourism Commission members on the deleterious effects of COVID-19 on Racine County's once-burgeoning tourism and events business, including its profound impact on the operations of Real Racine, a non-profit organization overseeing tourism promotion and development in Racine County.
Milwaukee's Mostly Virtual Democratic Convention Could Still Bring City Important Reputation Boost
In another timeline, this would have been the week the Democratic National Convention came to Milwaukee.
Few Wisconsin districts seeking early start to school during COVID-19 pandemic
Wisconsin State Journal
A handful of Wisconsin school districts so far have asked the state to begin school early during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dells' Sundara Inn and Spa voted one of the best Midwestern resorts by Travel + Leisure magazine readers
Travel + Leisure magazine readers ranked the Dells' Sundara Inn and Spa as the eighth-best resort hotel in the Midwest for the publication's World's Best 2020 awards, another accolade in Sundara's 17-year history.
SBA Provided $20 Billion to Small Businesses and Non-Profits Through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance Program
Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the conclusion and success of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program, which provided U.S. small businesses, non-profits and agricultural businesses a total of $20 billion in emergency funding
AHLA Joins Letter of Support endorsing S. 4117, "The Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act"
AHLA signed a joint letter  to the House and Senate Small Business Committees endorsing S. 4117, "The Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act", sponsored by Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). 
Government Releases COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Airlines
Asian Hospitality
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly shut down air travel altogether. The U.S. government has now released guidelines for airlines to allow travelers to safely fly again.
How virtual job fairs help fill roles in hotels
Hotel News Now
Whether they are trying it as a new tool or have used it in the past, some hoteliers have seen great success with online hiring, especially during the pandemic.
Hilton Launches Program for Safe Meetings and Events
Lodging Magazine
To address safe group travel practices and evolve today's event experience, Hilton today announced a global cleanliness and customer service program specific to meetings and events.
What hoteliers should know about CMBS loans in downturn
Hotel News Now
The loss of guest demand is hurting the hotel industry, and while revenue isn't what it used to be, owners still have bills to pay, particularly debt service.
Virtual Town Hall with Speaker Vos
On Monday, July 13 from 3 - 3:30 pm, Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos joined WH&LA President & CEO Bill Elliott, CAE for the first Virtual Town Hall. Vos addressed issues including the economy, unemployment, and the COVID-19 response, and answered questions specific to the lodging industry which were submitted by WH&LA members. 
Register Now: Virtual Town Hall Speaker Series continues July 23 & 29
WH&LA members are invited to register to attend these Virtual Town Hall live webinars. Moderated by WH&LA President & CEO Bill Elliott. Advanced registration is required. Please submit questions for these guests with your registration:
In case you missed it: WH&LA Get Back to Wisconsin Hotels Online Auction is Open for Bidding
Thanks to the generous donations of our members, we are pleased to announce that our  Get Back to Wisconsin Hotels  online  auction  is now open for bidding! New items will be added throughout the auction encouraging bidders to check back and bid on a variety of packages.

Reminder: Call for WH&LA Stars of the Industry Nominations
It's time to submit your choices for the best of the Wisconsin lodging industry in 2020 including Innkeeper of the Year, Corporate Champion of the Year, Associate of the Year, and Spirit of Hospitality Awards.