WEEK OF MARCH 23, 2020
2020 WI Lodging Directory 
View the 2020 Wisconsin  Lodging Directory  online at wisconsinlodging.org. 
Student Scholarships
Student staff members are encouraged to apply for educational scholarships awarded by WWIL & HSMAI-Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee Hotel & Lodging Association. 

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Stimulus package expected to help struggling businesses survive
Wisconsin Business 
The federal stimulus package recently passed by the Senate is expected to help keep businesses in Wisconsin afloat if it becomes law.

Rural Northern Counties Urge Seasonal, Second Homeowners To Stay Put
Wisconsin Public Radio
Rural northern Wisconsin counties have issued  travel advisories  to seasonal and second homeowners asking them to stay in their home area. County leaders and health officials say they're asking people to stay put given their limited health care resources.
Rise in Online Home Rentals Creates Taxing Dilemma
Wisconsin Public Policy Forum
The rapid rise of online home rental services has brought opportunities for travelers but also challenges for governments seeking to collect taxes on those sales, maintain consistency between new providers and traditional hotels, and avoid excessive regulation. Wisconsin has updated state law and ramped up collection efforts, generating small but rapidly rising revenues, and is considering further legislation.
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No plans for Wisconsin Legislature to return soon
Wisconsin's Republican legislative leaders said Wednesday they want to understand what's in the $2 trillion federal stimulus package before coming back to take any action at the state level in reaction to the coronavirus, but there are discussions about waiving a one-week waiting period to receive unemployment benefits.
Handling record-breaking unemployment
Wisconsin received nearly 20,000 unemployment claims each day this week, following a record-breaking national trend.
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U.S. House passes Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
A short while ago, the U.S House of Representatives passed the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, by voice vote, sending the $2 trillion economic stimulus bill immediately to President Donald Trump's desk to sign into law. 

Event Cancellation Not Being Covered by Your Insurance? You Have Options
Northstar Meeting Group
As planners and organizations have had to cancel or postpone events amidst the COVID-19 crisis, many have discovered their insurance policies do not cover cancellations that are necessitated by disease or pandemics. 

Hotel News Now
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.

What the $2 trillion stimulus package will mean for the beleaguered travel industry - and travelers
USA Today 
The $2 trillion stimulus package is aimed at getting the economy back on its feet as it deals with the coronavirus shutdowns. So what does it mean for travelers? 

Incase you missed it: COVID-19 Resources for Lodging  Properties
COVID-19 issues of WH&LA's Capitol Insider are available for lodging members in the Member Info Center on wisconsinlodging.org. Additional resources including general information and virus updates, lodging specific resources and webinars, and legal/HR resources and webinars are also available on the site. This information can be found in the Member Info Center on wiscosinlodging.org by lodging members using their WH&LA login and password. 

Event Postponement: GMHLA Volleyball Tournament & Event Cancelation: GMHLA Golf 
Greater Milwaukee Hotel & Lodging Association
The 26th Anniversary GMHLA Volleyball Tournament scheduled for May 21, 2020 has been postponed until further notice. The GMHLA Golf Outing scheduled for May 29, 2020 has been canceled.  

Lodging Directory Distribution
Individual copies of the 2020 Wisconsin Lodging Directory have been sent to WH&LA Lodging and Chamber/CVB members. Due to the current uncertain nature of office and building closings, the distribution of cases of the 2020 Lodging Directory has been postponed. Cases will be shipped as ordered once the COVID-19 pandemic issues have been addressed. 
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