WEEK OF June 15, 2020
The WH&LA Get Back Online Auction will open on Tuesday, June 23 at noon!


AC Hotel 

Ambassador Hotel 

Best Western Bridgeview Hotel 

Chula Vista Resort 

Clarion Suites at Alliant Energy Center 

Comfort Suites Appleton 

Comfort Suites Green Bay 

Cooperleaf Boutique Hotel & Spa

Courtyard Milwaukee Airport 

Foremost Management Services, Inc.

Geronimo Hospitality Group

Hampton Inn & Suites Chippewa Falls 

Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Brookfield 

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace 

Home2 Suites Madison Central 

Homewood Suites Madison West 

The Ingleside Hotel 

The Inn at Little Sister Bay 

The Ironworks Hotel & Hotel Goodwin

The Ingleside Hotel 

The Inn at Little Sister Bay 

Marcus Hotels & Resorts 

Newport Resort

Residence Inn Madison West/Middleton 

Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport South 


Please consider a room night  donation for the upcoming "Getting Back" online auction.

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.

Presented by  Towne Park
June 17 @ 1 PM

June 25 @ 1 pm

This issue is brought to you by...
$186.5 million loss in tax revenue from Wisconsin hotels in 2020 due to COVID-19 impact
Wisconsin Business
Today, the Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association, responded to a new report by Oxford Economics released by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) that showed as a result of the sharp drop in travel demand from COVID-19, state and local tax revenue from hotel operations will drop by $16.8 billion nationally in 2020 with a loss of $186.5 million in Wisconsin. 

UW Oshkosh releases June COVID-19 economic impact survey results
Milwaukee Business Times
Wisconsin businesses continue to demonstrate  resilience  during the pandemic as 41%  of respondents  to a UW Oshkosh statewide economic survey   indicate they have introduced or expanded  online services over the last three months.   

Wisconsin unemployment rate dropped slightly to 12% last month, remains lower than national rate
Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin's unemployment rate crept down 1.6 percentage points to 12.0% last month as businesses began transitioning back to more normal operations, despite public health concerns of COVID-19.

Hotel occupancy grows, Visit Milwaukee resumes marketing

Milwaukee's hospitality industry continues to see slow growth as hotels, bars and restaurants reopen after months of closure during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Green Bay airport implementing safety, cleaning measures; airlines to ramp up service
Green Bay Press Gazette
Brown County officials are cautiously optimistic people will resume air travel this summer. When that happens, they want travelers to see a new level of clean when they walk through the terminal doors. 

Door County is ready for tourists and seasonal job seekers

Staying safe and healthy during summer travel
Fox 11
As the summer travel season arrives, many folks may be heading to northeast Wisconsin for their next vacation or business trip.
In case you missed it: 

We're All In small business grant  application portal open June 15 - June 23
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will issue 30,000 grants of $2,500 to Wisconsin small businesses to help them get back on their feet amid disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the grants will help small businesses with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory.

A business may apply for the We're All In Small Business Grant if it:
  • Was in business in February 2020. Businesses that started in 2020 are not eligible;
  • Is Wisconsin-based and for-profit;
  • Employs 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, including the owner; and
  • Has more than $0 but less than $1 million in annual revenues.

Application Period: Monday, June 15 at 8:00 am  - Tuesday, June 23 at 11:59 pm

New State Data Report
AHLA commissioned and released a new report by Oxford Economics today to analyze lost state and local tax revenue from hotel operations due to COVID-19. The study reveals a $16.8 billion loss in 2020. 

Bipartisan Letter to Treasury and Fed on Commercial Real Estate Relief
AHLA continues to request swift action by the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve to help thousands of small business hotel owners who are struggling to make debt service payments on their mortgages, including commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) debt to keep their doors open and avoid foreclosure. 
Hospitality Upgrade
Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) and Marriott International president and CEO Arne Sorenson will kick off a new series launched by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and hosted by president and CEO Chip Rogers. 

Creativity and flexibility become key for the hotel sector's new normal
Hospitality Net
An international hotel webinar held last week [10th June] to discuss the hotel industry's journey out of lockdown, warned of the long road ahead for hotel operators to reach full recovery, and the likelihood that the hotel sector and the way it operates will be forever changed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

STR: Nationwide Occupancy Surpasses 40 Percent in Second Week of June
Lodging Magazine
U.S. hotel performance data for the week of June 7-13 showed another small rise from previous weeks and less severe year-over-year declines, according to STR.
Kari Zambon Memorial Scholarship Donations
Thank you to all who have donated to the Kari Zambon Memorial Scholarship! If you would still like to donate , 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, 1025 S. Moorland  Road - Suite 200, Brookfield, WI, 53005 or use the donation link.

Associates: Last Call to Purchase Ad Space in the 
2020 Products & Services Directory 
The 2020 PSD has been reconfigured to ensure all lodging members view this valuable guide multiple times in an entirely digital format! As an added value, the PSD will be sent twice to WH&LA's members (once in early July and again in early September), featured within our weekly Insider newsletter, and displayed year-round on the member homepage of WisconsinLodging.org. Associates, do not miss your chance to stand out with an additional ad in this handy buyers' guide.  Purchase this limited availability ad space no later than June 30.