WEEK OF June 22, 2020
*new packages will be added each Wednesday!
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THANK YOU, DONORS!
Thanks to your generosity, we are able to encourage travelers to  Get Back to Wisconsin Hotels with this special online auction! 

The company/property name for each donor is included in the package listing on the auction page

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Please consider a room night  donation for the upcoming "Getting Back" online auction.

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Innkeeper of the Year
This award is presented to a WH&LA member property owner, operator, or general manager.

Corporate Champion 
This award is presented to a WH&LA member in key management of companies owning/operating lodging properties in Wisconsin. 

Associate of the Year
This award is presented to a WH&LA Associate Member who has a proven track record of exceptional quality service to Wisconsin's lodging industry.

Spirit of Hospitality 
This award honors lodging employees who are exemplary role models of the true spirit of hospitality in Wisconsin.

UPCOMING WEBINARS
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WISCONSIN NEWS
WEDC: Applications extended until June 26 for $75M We're All In Small Business Grants
Wisconsin Business
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is extending the deadline until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 26, for small businesses to apply online for the $2,500 We're All In Small Business Grants, WEDC officials announced.
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Democratic National Convention will be mostly virtual
Superior Telegram
The Democratic National Convention Committee has asked state delegates not to travel to Milwaukee this year, with new coronavirus cases on the rise across the United States.
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Related: Small business owners disappointed 2020 DNC is being scaled back, need to change plans
Fox 6
With the 2020 Democratic National Convention scaling down and leaving Fiserv Forum, many small businesses in southeast Wisconsin are feeling left out.
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Tourism looking up in northern and southeastern Wisconsin
Wisconsin Business
Tourism in northern Wisconsin for 2019 was the best year on record, but 2020 is "blowing it out of the water."
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Student visa ban leads to worker shortage in Wisconsin Dells

A new order from the president could make things more difficult for some tourist attractions already dealing with losses from the pandemic.
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Lake Geneva City Council amends ordinance for home rentals
CBS 58
The Lake Geneva City Council took action this month to amend their city ordinance for home rentals.
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Developers again have eye on Heidel House
Ripon Press
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Birkie Plans to Buy Telemark Property, Attract New Development
Fox 21
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is hoping the Telemark Resort property will become a prime destination again.
NATIONAL NEWS
Survey: 70% of Americans Support More Economic Stimulus to Help Reeling Travel Industry Recovery
AHLA
new survey conducted by Morning Consult commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) found that while Americans remain hesitant about traveling, they overwhelmingly support efforts by Congress to help the travel industry recover including helping hotels keep their doors open and bring back employees, as well as incentivizing Americans to travel again.
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Everything You Need To Know About the Travel Credit Stimulus
Forbes
Federal and state governments are looking for creative ways to keep the economy moving this summer. 
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Trump Proclamation Expands Restrictions On Legal Immigration
Fisher Phillips
President Trump just issued a Proclamation to further restrict legal immigration, preventing employers from bringing new H-1B, H-2B, L-1A, L-1B, and J-1 workers from abroad into the United States.
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AAA Forecasts 700 Million Trips This Summer-15 Percent Fewer Than in 2019
Lodging Magazine
This summer, AAA forecasts Americans will take 700 million trips based on economic indicators and state reopenings. 
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STR: ADR Not Expected to Recover to Pre-2020 Levels in the Next Five Years
Lodging Magazine
Even with improving performance already underway, U.S. hotel demand will not return completely to pre-pandemic levels until 2023, according to the latest forecast revision from STR and Tourism Economics.
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Travel Research Firm Predicts 36 Million Road Trips for July 4 Weekend 
Asian Hospitality 
More than 36 million people will take road trips this July 4 weekend as states lift COVID-19 restrictions, according to travel data company Arrivalist.
WH&LA NEWS 
WH&LA Get Back to Wisconsin Hotels Online Auction is Open for Bidding
WH&LA
Thanks to the generous donations of our members, we are pleased to announce that our  Get Back to Wisconsin Hotels  online  auction  is now open for bidding! New items will be added throughout the auction encouraging bidders to check back and bid on a variety of packages.

Note: We are still accepting new donations for the Get Back to Wisconsin Hotels online  auction . There is no cost to other than your gift certificate.  After filling out the  Online Auction Donation Form , we ask that you make sure we have the certificates in our office.

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Update Membership Contact Information 
WH&LA
You're invited to update your member contact information to ensure the correct people at your property/company are receiving WH&LA communications. 
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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 Spirit of Hospitality Awards.