WEEK OF MARCH 2, 2020
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WISCONSIN NEWS
Town of Beloit eyes tourist tax on rentals
Beloit Daily News
In keeping with other Stateline Area municipalities the Town of Beloit may soon establish a room tax on motels and other short-term rentals, using the money to help promote tourism.
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Common Council wants more time to review Wisconsin Center expansion
Milwaukee Business Times
Members of the Milwaukee Common Council said they need some questions answered on the proposed expansion of the Wisconsin Center, or they could reverse their prior endorsement of the project.
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Support growing for a new Telemark; $41 million project envisioned
Sawyer County Record
After what seemed to be at an impasse for several years, the languished Telemark Resort may be in the midst of a major rebirth as a potential renewal project gathers substantial support.
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North Central Group to purchase Madison's Crowne Plaza hotel, will transition into Hilton DoubleTree
Channel 3000
North Central Group will purchase and begin transitioning Madison's Crowne Plaza hotel on East Washington Avenue into a Hilton DoubleTree.
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Daylight saving time starts this weekend: Set clocks ahead 1 hour
Wisconsin State Journal
Don't forget to change your clocks this weekend with the switch to daylight saving time starting early Sunday morning.
NATIONAL NEWS
AHLA Joins Business Leaders to Discuss Response to Coronavirus
Hotel News Resource
Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), yesterday joined leaders from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Travel Association, Airlines for America, and the National Retail Federation to discuss the potential impact of COVID-19 and the business community is responding. 
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U.S. February Unemployment Rate Changes Little at 3.5%
Hotel News Resource
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 273,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 3.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
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How Cross-Industry Talent Exchange Could Solve the Hospitality Labor Shortage
Hospitality Net
It's no secret that the hotel industry is currently struggling with a major shortage of skilled labor. The problem stems from a combination of tighter immigration controls, an increase in the number of guest rooms available, and a thriving occupancy rate. 
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In case you missed it:
5 Things You Need To Know About The Labor Board's New Joint Employment Rule
Fisher Phillips
The National Labor Relations Board just published a final rule that will soon fundamentally alter the definition of joint employment, making it more difficult for businesses to be held legally responsible for alleged labor law violations by staffing companies, franchisees, and other related organizations. 
WH&LA NEWS
Coronavirus Resources for Wisconsin Lodging Properties
WH&LA 
Many of you have been receiving numerous resources (webinars, print, etc.) relating to the Coronavirus. The WH&LA is working on compiling links to resources that cover basics on the Virus, best practices for your lodging guests, for your employees, purchasing considerations, what to be aware of relating to public health and other government plans, and suggestions from a public relations perspective to prevent unreasonable cancellations or panic at this point, and more. Please watch for this independent compilation early next week from the WH&LA.
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2020 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Coming Soon
WH&LA
WH&LA members will soon be receiving this year's copy of the Wisconsin Lodging Directory! The 2020 directory has been reorganized into nine geographical regions in order to create a more directed and enhanced, traveler-friendly experience. Be sure to check out the new regional highlight areas and enhanced advertisements featuring articles about what it is like to travel through the great state of Wisconsin.
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Register now: WWIL & HSMAI- WI Joint Luncheon on April 20
Wisconsin Women in Lodging 
Join the Wisconsin Women in Lodging (WWIL) and HSMAI-WI for a joint luncheon featuring a keynote by Alicia Jacobson entitled "Balance is BS". The WWIL & HSMAI-WI Educational Scholarship will also be presented to a deserving student. 
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Greater Milwaukee Hotel & Lodging Association Meeting
GMHLA
The Greater Milwaukee Hotel & Lodging Association's Board of Directors met on March 4 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Milwaukee to discuss membership initiatives and upcoming events including the GMHLA Golf Outing, 26th Anniversary Volleyball Tournament, and No Room For Trafficking Event. Interim-CEO Trisha Pugal provided a report on state legislative issues.
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Last Chance to Register for the Midwest Food Service Expo
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
WH&LA members receive a complimentary pass to attend the  Midwest Foodservice Expo March 9-11 in Milwaukee!  Promo-Code:  WHLA2020MFE 
*Must be used before March 8, 2020.  
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