WEEK OF June 1, 2020

Do you have a STAR working at your hotel or lodging property? Nominate them now for WH&LA's Stars of the Industry Awards:

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.


Please consider a donation to WH&LA's upcoming "Getting Back" Online Auction! 

Donated overnights and gift certificates offer added exposure for your property and encourage travelers to plan ahead to get back to their favorite destinations, while supporting the WH&LA. 

This auction will be heavily promoted online and to over 8,500 WI Getaways subscribers. There is no cost other than your donation.

Contact WH&LA for more information. 


DHS: Wisconsin Isn't Out Of The Woods With COVID-19
There have been 19,892 positive cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin as of Thursday, according to the state Department of Health Services. That's an increase of 492  cases from the day before. 

DNR to open state campgrounds with special rules. Here's a look at the changes
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will open state campgrounds next week with special safety measures.

Use Of Milwaukee Mitchell Airport Slowly Rising, But Masks Recommended
Officials at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport say airline passengers are slowly returning to the skies. They also say travelers should have a mask or other face covering with them.

Madison faces tough choices in divvying shrinking hotel room tax money

As the COVID-19 pandemic slashes people's spending on travel and leisure, Madison's Room Tax Commission must decide how to best invest dramatically reduced hotel room tax revenues into tourism marketing, Monona Terrace, Overture Center and the arts.
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Short-term rental license required in city of Marshfield
Hub City Times
Owners of property in Marshfield who plan to rent out their homes on websites like Airbnb or VRBO will need to apply for a short-term rental license through the city of Marshfield, if the property is rented out for a period of 29 days or less.

For The First Time Ever, Summerfest Is Canceled
Summerfest, Milwaukee's multi-day music festival along the city's lakefront, has been canceled because of concerns over the coronavirus.

World Dairy Expo canceled in 2020 over COVID-19 restrictions
La Crosse Tribune 
Organizers of the World Dairy Expo in Madison have canceled this year's event because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Travel Wisconsin: Great Wisconsin Dells Getaway
Travel Wisconsin hopes to inspire listeners' next Wisconsin adventure with our new sweepstakes - the Great Wisconsin Getaway.  Listeners can enter to win the sweepstakes once a day until July 5th  by visiting  TravelWisconsin.com/Getaway .

Hotel CEOs Say Protests Are Our 'Call to Action' to Do More to Promote Racial Justice
The chief executives of some of the largest U.S. hotel companies expressed support Tuesday for peaceful protests in response to ongoing examples of racial injustice across America.

COVID-19: Winning Back Trust And Creating Safe-Havens Through Effective Communication
Hospitality Net
The key to building and regaining trust with your stakeholders, employees and customers is to be transparent and keep communication channels open. 
New York Times
The world's largest hotel companies have all come forward in recent weeks to announce new cleaning playbooks.

Short-term rental market faces consolidation as start-ups and small landlords offload properties
Consolidation is hitting the market for short-term home rentals as the coronavirus pandemic has curtailed travel dramatically this year.

Study: Millennials Ready to Travel Before Other Generations
Hotel Business
The study found that 66% of respondents would be ready to drive two hours to destinations within three months of restrictions being lifted.
Coming Soon: An Upgraded 2020 Products & Services Directory Experience!
The 2020 PSD has been reconfigured to ensure all lodging members view this valuable guide multiple times in an entirely digital format! As an added value, the PSD will be sent twice to WH&LA's members (once at the end of June and again in early September), featured within our weekly Insider newsletter, and displayed year-round on the member homepage of WisconsinLodging.org. Associates, do not miss your chance to stand out with an additional ad in this handy buyers' guide.  Purchase this limited availability ad space no later than June 9.

In case you missed it:  Kari Zambon Memorial Scholarship 
The WH&LA Board of Directors would like to offer a Scholarship in honor of  WH&LA Past Chairman Kari Zambon , co-owner of Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander, who was a true tourism champion in our state and who passed away  April 5, 2020.  They have suggested that in addition to their donations, there may be others in the state who would like to donate to this scholarship as well. If you would like to participate, please send your check to "WH&LA Scholarship Fund", noting "in honor of Kari Zambon" on the note line or in a cover page, sending it to WH&LA, 1025 S. Moorland Road - Suite 200, Brookfield, WI. 53005 or call 262-782-2851 ext. 12   if you prefer using a charge card.