WEEK OF June 8, 2020
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO DONATE

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

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Thank you to those who have already donated!

AC Hotel 

Best Western Bridgeview Hotel 

Clarion Suites at Alliant Energy Center 

Comfort Suites Appleton 

Comfort Suites Green Bay 

Cooperleaf Boutique Hotel & Spa

Hampton Inn & Suites Chippewa Falls 

Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Brookfield 

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace 

Home2 Suites Madison Central 

Homewood Suites Madison West 

The Ingelside Hotel 

Residence Inn Madison West/Middleton 

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.

UPCOMING WEBINARS
Presented by  Towne Park
June 17 @ 1 PM
WISCONSIN NEWS
With 7 incumbents left or on their way out, fall elections will reshape state Senate
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
No matter the outcome of this fall's election, the state Senate will be a very different place next year.
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Wisconsin economy begins to reopen after Supreme Court ruling
Milwaukee Business Times
About two weeks before Gov. Tony Evers' "Safer at Home" order was set to expire on May 26, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck it down. By a 4-3 majority, the court ruled the governor's order was unlawful, invalid and unenforceable.
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Expect 'cleanest conditions' when traveling, but use 'common sense' 
WTMJ
Reopening is not just happening soon for many businesses across parts of the United States, it is now in the offing for travelers as well.
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Area hotel projects moving ahead despite market uncertainty

It was supposed to be a banner year for hotels in southeastern Wisconsin.
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Milwaukee promotion, messaging adapting to a downsized DNC 
Milwaukee Business Journal 
The likelihood of a downsized or virtual Democratic National Convention is causing Visit Milwaukee to rethink how to capitalize on the event to promote the city as a convention, tourism and business destination.
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Stevens Point CVB announces plans to move visitor center 
Portage County Gazette
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Appleton International Airport expands summer flight schedule
WFRV
Appleton International Airport has added new July flight options in response to steadily increasing customer demand for leisure travel out of Appleton. 
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Campgrounds at Wisconsin State Parks open June 10
WMTV
Campgrounds at Wisconsin State Parks will open Wednesday but the DNR says campers will notice some changes.

We're All In small business grant application portal opens Monday, June 15th at 8:00 am
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will issue 30,000 grants of $2,500 to Wisconsin small businesses to help them get back on their feet amid disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the grants will help small businesses with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory.

A business may apply for the We're All In Small Business Grant if it:
  • Was in business in February 2020. Businesses that started in 2020 are not eligible;
  • Is Wisconsin-based and for-profit;
  • Employs 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, including the owner; and
  • Has more than $0 but less than $1 million in annual revenues.

Application Period: Monday, June 15 at 8:00 am  - Tuesday, June 23 at 11:59 pm



NATIONAL NEWS
Updated AHLA Safe Stay Guide 
AHLA
The following health and safety guidelines represent best practices for the hotel industry, in accordance with CDC guidelines, during the re-opening phase of the economy.
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Hcareers Survey: 86.2% Unemployed Plan to Return to Industry
Hotel Business
Hcareers, headquartered here, recently surveyed its audience on how they foresee the hospitality industry rebuilding, and what they think will change post-COVID-19. 
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Hotel Business
According to new consumer research from BVA BDRC and supported by Expedia Group search data, Americans are increasing their intent to travel this summer, a positive indicator for the industry. 
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7 steps to navigating the COVID-19 era
Hotel Management
Summer is a magical word in the hotel industry. Summer 2020 though, will have an entirely different air as the hospitality industry continues to brave the widespread challenges and financial impacts of the first global pandemic in a little more than a century.
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STR: U.S. Hotel Occupancy Nears 40 Percent in First Week of June
Hotel Business
STR data for the week of May 31-June 6 showed another small rise from previous weeks in U.S. hotel performance. 
WH&LA NEWS 
Nominate your star employee for a Spirit of Hospitality Award
WH&LA
This award honors lodging employees who are exemplary role models of the true spirit of hospitality in Wisconsin. Nominations are now open for Spirit of Hospitality Awards, as well as the 2020 Innkeeper of the Year, Corporate Champion of the Year, and Associate of the Year.
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In case you missed it
: An Upgraded 2020 Products & Services Directory Experience!
WH&LA
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 19.