WEEK OF June 29, 2020
*new packages will be added each Wednesday!

Thanks to your generosity, we are able to encourage travelers to  Get Back to Wisconsin Hotels with this special online auction! 

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List of Business with COVID Cases Not to be Released This Week
Following up on the legislative update that was sent last night, we now understand that there will not be a release this week of businesses with employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. If and when the list is released, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services does not currently plan on posting the list on their website. 

WH&LA Associate Member Brian Lee from Revelation PR, Advertising & Social Media has graciously prepared pre-written statements for lodging properties to use if and when this list becomes public. 

WH&LA Virtual Town Hall Speaker Series
Join us on July 13 at 3 pm for the first WH&LA Virtual Town Hall webinar with special guest Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. Speaker Vos will be answering your questions about the issues facing the Wisconsin Lodging Industry. Moderated by WH&LA President & CEO Bill Elliott, CAE. Free for all WH&LA members. Please register no later than noon on Monday, July 13.

WEDC report assesses ongoing economic impact of COVID-19, outlines recovery priorities
Wausau Pilot & Review 
A report from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. that assesses the complex ongoing economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wisconsin and identifies priorities for the state's recovery efforts is now available to the public.

Judge overturns Racine's COVID-19 ordinance; city appealing decision
APG Wisconsin
In a Wednesday afternoon court decision, Racine County Circuit Court Judge Jon Fredrickson did not change course and said that the City of Racine's COVID-19 ordinance "is unconstitutionally vague and overbroad, and is unenforceable as drafted."

Health officials close indoor service at Madison bars due to 'sustained, high number' of COVID-19 cases

Public health officials are closing indoor service at bars in Madison as the Fourth of July weekend approaches and as the number of reported coronavirus cases accelerate, many involving young people in Wisconsin's largest college community.
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Fairfield by Marriott hotel opens in Whitewater, Wisconsin
Travel Daily News
The 71-room Fairfield by Marriott hotel in Whitewater, Wisconsin is now open for business with a new decor that provides guests with a feeling of warmth and calm while traveling. Located at 1242 West Main Street, the Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites Whitewater will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by WWHP, LLC and managed by Golder Hospitality of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Gov. Evers Announces $1.5 Million for Wisconsin's Coastal Communities
House passes small business loan Paycheck Protection Program extension by unanimous consent
The US House passed an extension of the $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program fewer than 24 hours after the program shut its doors, moving one step closer to reopening the cornerstone small business coronavirus relief effort.

Everything You Need To Know About the Travel Credit Stimulus
Federal and state governments are looking for creative ways to keep the economy moving this summer. 

Survey: Travel Resuming, But Only 44% Of Americans Planning Trips In 2020
survey conducted by Morning Consult commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) found that only 44 percent of Americans are planning overnight vacation or leisure travel in 2020, with high interest in road trips, family events, and long weekends over the summer months.

STR: U.S. Hotel Occupancy Continues to Tick Up
Lodging Magazine
U.S. hotel performance data for the week of June 21-27, 2020, showed another small rise from previous weeks and less severe year-over-year declines, according to STR.
WH&LA Office Closed July 3
Please be aware that our office will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of July 4th. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend! 

In case you missed it: WH&LA Get Back to Wisconsin Hotels Online Auction is Open for Bidding
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.

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 Spirit of Hospitality Awards.