WEEK OF August 17, 2020
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City of Chicago removes Wisconsin from quarantine list
Milwaukee Business Journal 
The city of Chicago removed Wisconsin from its emergency travel order list on Tuesday.
Wisconsin kicks off COVID-19 response dashboard to detail federal money
News 8000
Wisconsin launched a COVID-19 Response and Recovery Investment dashboard to provide information about how and where the state is investing federal funding.

WBA pushes for automatic loan forgiveness for small business owners
Milwaukee Business Times
Although banks have started accepting loan forgiveness applications for the federal government's $659 billion Paycheck Protection Program, some small business owners and banks may find it advantageous to wait.
Scaled-back Democratic convention 'still a boost' for Milwaukee
The CapTimes
During the coronavirus pandemic - which has devastated the hospitality industry and led to cancellation after cancellation of concerts, festivals and fairs - even a political convention that can barely lay claim to taking place in Milwaukee in its current form is expected to be a boon to the city's economy. 
Chamber program to look ahead at 'What's Next?' for region
Wausau Pilot & Review 
The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce will host a free virtual program next week which will outline how the Wausau region can accelerate positive change and build a brighter economic future.
Green Lake tourism is weathering the pandemic
Ripon Press
The coronavirus pandemic has caused a migration of sorts in Green Lake as summer tourism has been better than originally anticipated, given the cancellation of many events.
In a Challenging Tourism Season, Wisconsin Dells Workers Try to Stay Safe
The crowds in downtown Wisconsin Dells are on edge this summer, said Bella Hill. 
FY2021 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers Released
U.S. General Services Administration
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today released the fiscal year (FY) 2021 travel per diem rates, which will take effect on October 1, 2020. For FY 2021, the standard Continental United States (CONUS) lodging rate will remain unchanged at $96, and 319 locations will receive a maximum lodging allowance higher than the standard allowance. The Meal and Incidental Expense (M&IE) per diem tiers for FY 2021 are unchanged at $55-$76.
Report: Hotel Industry Facing Historic Wave of Foreclosures 
A new national report shows that the hotel industry is facing a historic wave of foreclosures as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate small business hotel owners and its workforce.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has released an updated version of the AHLA Safe Stay Guidelines, an industry-wide, enhanced set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for all hotel guests and employees.
As the COVID-19 pandemic advanced around the globe during the first half of 2020, accommodation performance fell from all-time highs to unprecedented lows.
Register Now: Virtual Town Hall with Chip Rogers, AHLA 
On Tuesday, August 24 from 2 - 2:30 pm Chip Rogers, AHLA President & CEO will be joining WH&LA's Virtual Town Hall Speaker Series! Register now, and submit your questions for Chip before noon on Tuesday. 
Last Call: 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 the Spirit of Hospitality Awards.
In case you missed it: Membership Renewal Information
Due to strain put on our industry, we are understanding of the possible need to extend payment terms. In the event that you are unable to pay at the requested due date on your membership invoice, please do not hesitate to contact the WH&LA office to set alternate arrangements.
In case you missed it: 2020 Wisconsin Lodging Conference & Trade Show
In advance of the 2020 Wisconsin Lodging Conference & Expo, we are revisiting every aspect of the event with attendee safety being our top priority. Working in conjunction with the Hyatt Regency Green Bay and our vendor partners, we are committed to implementing safe and smart protocols by reimagining our trade show floor, attendee experience, and program design. More details and registration information is coming soon.