WEEK OF August 3, 2020
WH&LA FACE MASK SIGNAGE
STAFF TRAINING
UPCOMING WEBINARS
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WISCONSIN NEWS
Biden Won't Accept Nomination In Milwaukee
Wisconsin Public Radio
In another blow to an event that once promised to put Milwaukee in the national spotlight, Joe Biden has canceled plans to accept the Democratic nomination for president in person at the party's national convention, due to concerns about the coronavirus.
'This has been the year of worry': Wisconsin tourism businesses are concerned with Chicago's new travel restrictions
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Since Friday, anyone traveling from Wisconsin to Chicago is required to quarantine for 14 days
'How are we going to fix that? How are we going to move forward?' with WEDC's Hughes
Wisconsin Examiner
Months after lawmakers - and even the state's top economic development strategist - thought it would be waning, COVID-19 still threatens Wisconsin, as its economy struggles to recover.
Statewide, businesses are cautious in business, personal travel plans
Wisconsin Business
Businesses responding to the July COVID-19 Wisconsin Business Impact survey expressed extreme caution in business and personal travel plans.
In the midst of a pandemic, the first new hotel in Two Rivers in 20 years will open Friday
Herald Times Reporter
The area's first new hotel in more than two decades is set to open its doors to sleepy travelers on Friday.
How the Pandemic Is Affecting Summer Resorts
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
How would you like to spend a week or more confined with the same brood in an even smaller space? For those of us stuck in the monotony of COVID time-with changes in weather the only way to track the days-the prospect of a summer vacation still promises a respite. Area resort operators say they are ready-and that wannabe visitors are calling. Eagerly. 
Dells tourists react to mask order
WKOW
Wisconsin's mask order applies to everyone in Wisconsin, not just those who live here.
NATIONAL NEWS
COVID-19 Guest Room Cleaning Frequency 
AHLA
The American Hotel & Lodging Association has released new collateral on Housekeeping Frequency During a Safe Stay which highlights guidance that discourages daily room cleaning to lessen exposure risks. Please consider using this in your outreach to elected officials and the media.
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Amplify Our Voice on the Hill
AHLA
Following last week's record-setting Day of Action engagement, there's still time to make our voice heard on Capitol Hill! If you have not reached out to your Members of Congress, AHLA.com/HotelsACT has three easy ways to do so. If you have already reached out to your Representatives, please encourage your team to do the same and have them sign up to HotelsACT too. AHLA members have submitted 26,000 letters to the Hill. 
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New Legislation Would Aid Cash-Strapped Commercial-Property Owners
The Wall Street Journal
Lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday to provide cash to struggling hotels and shopping centers that weren't able to pause mortgage payments after the coronavirus shut down the U.S. economy.
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Creative Ways Hotels Are Adapting And Altering On-Site Amenities In Response To COVID-19
Forbes
As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced hotels to begin rethinking the way guests will experience and interact with their property, many lodging options have begun rethinking how to host travelers and staycationers safely-from check-in to check-out.
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Hotels reimagine training to deal with pandemic
Hotel News Now
As the industry navigates the pandemic, operators have had to focus on new ways of training employees to deal with a radical reset of required skills as hotels reopen or experience higher occupancies, including training employees who are not on-property and developing entirely new skill sets for the long term.
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STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 25 July
STR
U.S. hotel performance data for the week ending 25 July showed slightly higher occupancy and room rates from the previous week, according to STR.
WH&LA NEWS 
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. 
WH&LA Mask Required Signage
WH&LA
Governor Tony Evers announced a statewide mask mandate that took effect on Saturday, August 1, 2020. This mandate applies to all hotel and lodging facilities throughout the  state. For your convenience, WH&LA has created multiple "Face Covering Required" signs for use at Wisconsin lodging properties.
Pandemic Impact Task Force
WH&LA
WH&LA's Pandemic Impact Task Force met virtually on Monday, August 3. The Task Force, Chaired by Amy Simchak, CHA from North Central Group, reviewed the impacts of the pandemic on Wisconsin lodging properties and WH&LA. A one-minute survey will be sent to WH&LA lodging members on Monday, August 10 to measure the impact of the pandemic and determine WH&LA resources and services. 

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.
Reminder: Call for WH&LA Stars of the Industry Nominations
WH&LA
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.