WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 14, 2020
2020 PRODUCTS & SERVICES DIRECTORY
UPCOMING WEBINARS
Enhanced Guest Technology Opportunities and Insights 
September 22 @ 1 pm CDT
The Forum Conversations with Chip Rogers, Featuring Geoff Ballotti and Leslie Hale 
September 30 @ 2 pm CDT
ForWard Thinking - Boost Your Happiness & Build Team Morale
October 6 @ 1 pm CDT
Getting Back to Business: How Organizations Mitigate Internal and External Threats
September 22 @ 1 pm CDT
Getting Back to Business: Why Cleaning for Health Matters to Your Hotel Guests (Part 2)
September 24 @ 11 am CDT
How to Understand Your Market and Advertise to Them on a Budget
September 17 @ 8 am CDT

Beyond the Numbers: Understanding and Increasing Your Business' Value
October 1 @ 9 am CDT
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WISCONSIN NEWS
Grant program to help Wisconsin Chambers and CVBs promote tourism 
Channel 3000
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and other state leaders announced an $8 million effort to support the tourism industry during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tommy Bartlett Show to permanently close after 69 years
Channel 3000
After nearly seven decades, the Tommy Bartlett Show in Wisconsin Dells announced Wednesday it will close permanently due to business losses during the pandemic.
Digging Deeper: The pandemic's impact on the hotel industry
WKOW
We've seen many disappointments this year during the pandemic, with event after event having to cancel. But those cancellations have been even harder for businesses impacted by fewer people traveling.
City of Pewaukee Common Council approves hotel tax hike
GM Today
Facing a massive loss in room tax revenues, aldermen voted this week to increase the fees charged to customers staying at hotels in the city.
Chamber Spotlight on Business: AmericInn of Merrill
Merrill Foto 
The Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that their Spotlight on Business for is AmericInn by Wyndham located at 3300 East Main Street, Merrill. 
Lieutenant Governor's Conference on Small Business Development 
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
WEDC is hosting the WI Lieutenant Governor's Conference on Small Business Development from October 6-8. The free event includes workshops covering small business lending topics, free business assistance resources, and ways to plan, start, and grow a profitable business.
NATIONAL NEWS
Groups turn to hotels to shelter fire evacuees amid virus
Associated Press
 Fearing one disaster will feed another, relief groups are putting some people who fled their homes during West Coast wildfires into hotels to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, stringing up shower curtains to separate people in group shelters and delivering box lunches instead of setting up buffets.
Pandemic pushes travel ecosystem to change course as consumer preferences pivot to home
CNBC
The pandemic has upended the travel industry and different parts of the ecosystem are feeling the pain.
COVID-19 September Travel Restrictions: Latest Quarantine Rules for US States
Travel Pulse
Travel restrictions are gradually loosening six months since the COVID-19 pandemic prompted worldwide border shutdowns but Americans still aren't completely in the clear when it comes to domestic travel. 
Creativity tapped to stretch leisure season past summer
Hotel News Now
Hoteliers in the U.S. would typically see business travel pick up in the fall, but now they are left strategizing ways to stretch the summer leisure season to offset the loss of corporate demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic
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Front Desk Feedback Survey 
AHLA
As part of the Front Desk Feedback survey series, AHLA is conducting a survey of members regarding the impact of COVID-19 on hotel staffing, hiring, and rehiring. AHLA is seeking information regarding current staffing situations, rehiring trends, and specific workforce needs.
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The 2021 Outlook for Hospitality and Travel 
HSMAI
As part of HSMAI Road to Recovery 2020, global economist Bernard Baumohl will present a live webinar on Sept. 29 that offers insight into factors impacting recovery in hospitality and tourism around the globe.
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WH&LA NEWS 
Register Now: Virtual Town Hall with US Senator Tammy Baldwin
WH&LA
On September 22 from 3:00 - 3:30 pm, US Senator Tammy Baldwin will be joining WH&LA's Virtual Town Hall Speaker Series! Register now, and submit your questions for Senator Baldwin before 1 pm on September 22.
 
Register Now: Rescheduled Virtual Town Hall with US Senator Ron Johnson
WH&LA
The Virtual Town Hall with US Sentator Ron Johnson has been rescheduled and will now be held on October 6, 2020 from 10:30 - 11:00 am. Register now, and submit your questions for Senator Johnson before 9 am on October 6.
In case you missed it: Membership Renewal Information
WH&LA
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
WH&LA
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.