WEEK OF July 20, 2020

WH&LA Virtual Town Hall featuring Tourism Secretary-Designee Sara Meaney  

Thursday, July 23 @ 1 pm

Virtual Town Hall featuring Maggie Gau, Chief of Staff for Gov. Evers

Wednesday, July 29 @ 1 pm

July 23 @ 1 PM

July 28 @ noon

World Day Against Human Trafficking Event 
July 30, 1 pm 
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As Coronavirus Spreads, Wisconsin's Economic Recovery Haults, Mimicking Other States' Patterns
Spectrum News
Wisconsin's economic rebound through the pandemic has been one of the strongest in the nation, but it faces new headwinds as COVID-19 infections continue to grow.
'Scary' conditions linger in hospitality industry but virtual gatherings won't replace it: Visit Milwaukee CEO
Milwaukee Business Journal
There is no recovery in sight for likely the worst economic downturn ever to hit the hospitality industry and the Democratic National Convention will provide only limited relief, said Visit Milwaukee president and CEO Peggy Williams-Smith.    
Portage County has housed some COVID-19 patients in an isolation facility officials won't identify
Stevens Point Journal
County health officials put a handful of people who tested positive for COVID-19 in isolation at a business they contracted with to use as a quarantine facility since the start of the pandemic. 
Rothschild confirms its contract termination with Wausau Central Wisconsin Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Village of Rothschild reaffirmed Monday in its Tourism Commission meeting that its contract with the Wausau Central Wisconsin Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is terminated.
Working Wisconsin faces new challenges in the COVID-19 pandemic
Wisconsin Examiner
The COVID-19 pandemic imposed significant new hardships on American workers -and it's exposed just how much hardship many of them have been enduring for years. That's a central conclusion of  a report published today, the 2020 edition of the State of Working Wisconsin
Staying open through the pandemic helping Hyatt Regency maintain operations
Milwaukee Business Journal
Though many downtown hotels had to temporarily close their doors during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hyatt Regency at 333 W. Kilbourn Ave. remained operational, which has positively impacted future operations, general manager Colin Walsh said.
Kewaunee, Algoma, Manitowoc groups team to highlight scenic Lake Michigan drive
Green Bay Press  Gazette
The Kewaunee and Algoma chambers of commerce have partnered with the Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau to launch a new online effort to get more people to enjoy the scenes and visit places along the Lake Michigan shoreline. 
Two downtown Fond du Lac businesses win renovation awards in governor-appointed 'Main Street Days'
Fond du Lac Reporter
Downtown Fond du Lac's beautification efforts were honored this week. Hotel Retlaw has secured the second award, for an "outstanding renovation to the interior of a building for over $50,000," the press release said.
Get a look at construction of Michels' $100M project in Milwaukee's Harbor District
Milwaukee Business Journal
Construction continues on Michels' Corp.'s $100 million development in Milwaukee's Harbor District, a project that will bring several hundred employees, retail, housing and hotel to the area.
Hotel Industry, Reeling from COVID-19 Economic Fallout, Lays Out Priorities for COVID 4.0 
As lawmakers consider additional legislation to address the ongoing health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) sent a letter to Congress calling for additional help in several areas, including extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for severely impacted businesses and their employees, creating targeted lending facilities and liquidity measures to help hoteliers meet debt service, and passing tax reforms to benefit both hotel employees and employers.
AHLA Releases  Guest Checklist; Masks Required
AHLA has united the industry around the announcement of the "Safe Stay Guest Checklist," a list for guests on how to travel safely, including the required use of face coverings in all indoor public spaces.
Hotels Sue San Francisco to Protect Workers, Guests from Unsafe Cleaning Ordinance
Hotel News  Resource
The Hotel Council of San Francisco, the California Hotel and Lodging Association and the American Hotel & Lodging Association filed a lawsuit today to overturn the County of San Francisco's so-called "Healthy Buildings" ordinance that endangers hotel employees and guests and causes significant economic hardships by forcing many hotels to remain closed and permanently lay off thousands of workers.
Coming Soon: Hotel Beds That Can Block The Spread of COVID-19
Among the concerns travelers have now when they check into hotels amid the Covid-19 pandemic is whether the surfaces and touchpoints have been cleaned and disinfected.
Hotel restaurants turn to grab and go for service during coronavirus
Restaurant Hospitality
Restaurants in hotels were not immune to coronavirus closures that flattened the foodservice industry this year, so when shutdowns started in March, several hoteliers emphasized, and in some cases, improvised their grab-and-go capabilities to make up for lost business.   
Latest Travel Safety Barometer Reveals Americans' Overall Perception of Travel
Travel Pulse
MMGY Global has released the sixth wave of its ongoing Travel Safety Barometer survey. The most recent research shows that Americans' perception of travel is holding steady despite a rise in  COVID-19 cases.
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.
WH&LA President & CEO speaks at WSAE Executive Exchange
On Monday, July 20 WH&LA President & CEO Bill Elliott, CAE presented at the WSAE Executive Exchange in a session titled "Navigating the New World of Live Events" at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake .  
Register Now: Virtual Town Hall Speaker Series continues July 23 & 29
WH&LA members are invited to register to attend these Virtual Town Hall live webinars. Moderated by WH&LA President & CEO Bill Elliott. Advanced registration is required. Please submit questions for these guests with your registration:
Reminder: Call for 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.