WEEK OF MARCH 30, 2020
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Gerald Rappaport, who managed downtown's Hilton, Hyatt and other major hotels, has died at age 58
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A longtime manager of some of downtown Milwaukee's biggest hotels has died.  Gerald Rappaport's résumé included operating the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.

Hospitality businesses begin preparations for new DNC dates
Milwaukee Business Journal
Hospitality businesses around the Milwaukee area are looking forward to a postponed Democratic National Convention rather than seeing the event canceled.

Wisconsin Center District Board Approves $420M Expansion Of Milwaukee Event Center
Wisconsin Public Radio
After years of discussions and setbacks, Milwaukee's downtown convention center will be expanded. The timeline of the $420 million Wisconsin Center project, however, is unknown since the convention center's governing body is funded with hotel and food and beverage taxes.
As hotels plead for 'second' stimulus, Milwaukee faces over $150 million in likely loan defaults
Milwaukee Business Journal
Without federal intervention and relief, industry experts say the carnage will be widespread and result in instability in business and tourism centers for years to come.

Hotel and lodging group CEO seeing 'devastation' in the industry
Wis Business
The head of the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association is concerned about the future of the industry as businesses take drastic measures to survive the current crisis. 
Report: COVID-19's Impact on Jobs in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Policy Forum
The coronavirus pandemic has precipitated public health and economic crises globally and in Wisconsin. While it is too early to gauge the full range of economic impacts, we analyzed employment data to assess the consequences of severe upheaval in certain hard-hit sectors of the state's economy.
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What Hotel Owners and Operators Need to Know About the CARES Act
Lodging Magazine 
On March 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act also known as the CARES Act. The CARES Act includes a number of important programs intended to provide relief to eligible employers and employees across different sectors, including the hospitality and foodservice industries. 

Hotel Industry Foundation Announces Free Training, Education Courses for Hotel Employees 
In an effort to support the 8 million hotel industry employees affected by this unprecedented public health crisis, the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation), the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), today announced free resources to help industry employees continue their education during this difficult time. 

While many properties are closing due to the drop-off in demand related to COVID-19, those that remain in operation have to take serious steps to mitigate risks to both employees and guests.

Inspiring Stories from the Meetings Industry During the Coronavirus Crisis
Meetings Today
These are unprecedented times for meetings and events.  The COVID-19 crisis has brought on some tough changes, but the meetings and hospitality industries are strong and resilient.

Passports, TSA PreCheck, Global Entry and Real ID: What you need to know
Washington Post
The  coronavirus  pandemic has disrupted much of the travel industry, but many government services are still available for travelers who need to renew documents or program memberships.
Request for Assistance for Wisconsin's Hospitality Industry
The WH&LA joined with our partners at the Wisconsin Restaurant Association and the Association of Wisconsin Tourist Attractions in contacting Governor Evers, State legislative leaders, and all state legislators to officially request state assistance for tourism businesses in Wisconsin to help to address the significant damage to our industry businesses.