WEEK OF May 18, 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.

The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association has maintained an active partnership with STR for many years. As the leader in data benchmarking and analytics for the hotel industry, STR plays an integral role in our ability to track hotel performance here in Wisconsin and support our members in every way that we can.
Now, more than ever, we need our members to contribute their data. If your property does not currently participate in the STAR Program please follow this link  to enroll in the  Hotel Survey Program. A rep from STR will reach out to you to complete the setup process and then you will start receiving complimentary monthly performance reports for your market. 
We appreciate your willingness to provide data in support of WH&LA and the eventual recovery of the hotel industry in our state.

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Hotel industry 'decimated' by coronavirus
The hotel industry, like so many others, is doing everything it can to stay viable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wisconsin health officials worried about holiday tourism amid pandemic
Wisconsin health officials are concerned about how tourism during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend might facilitate the spread of the coronavirus in rural parts of the state after the state's Supreme Court halted Gov. Tony Evers' stay-at-home order last week
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WisEye Morning Minute: COVID-19 Update with Tourism Sec. Meaney
Wisconsin Eye 
On May 20, 2020, WisconsinEye senior producer Steve Walters interviewed the Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Sara Meaney for a COVID-19 update as it impacts the state's tourism industry.

Wisconsin Safety Council encourages travel safety this Memorial Day weekend
With Memorial Day weekend approaching, it is important if you choose to travel to remember that COVID-19 has not gone away.
Releated: Travel information for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day flying remains low; Northwoods tourism anticipates robust weekend
Few people are flying over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, but that doesn't mean no one is traveling as the Northwoods gears up for a busy weekend in tourism.

Wisconsin Dells water and amusement parks are reopening, one as early as Saturday
Wisconsin Journal Sentinel 
The Wisconsin State Fair will make a decision about its 2020 fair, which is scheduled for Aug. 6-16, by the end of May, according to an email that the Wisconsin State Fair sent to vendors.

Wisconsin State Fair considering changes for pandemic - when we'll know if it happens at all
Milwaukee Business Journal
The Wisconsin State Fair will make a decision about its 2020 fair, which is scheduled for Aug. 6-16, by the end of May, according to an email that the Wisconsin State Fair sent to vendors.
AAA not issuing Memorial Day travel forecast due to uncertainty caused by COVID-19 impact
Fox 4
For the first time in 20 years, AAA will not issue a Memorial Day travel forecast, as the accuracy of the economic data used to create the forecast has been undermined by COVID-19. The annual forecast - which estimates the number of people traveling over the holiday weekend - will return next year.

Hotel Industry Across U.S. & Canada Unite Around Enhanced Safety, Cleaning Standards
Hospitality News Resource
As states across the country navigate reopening and hotels begin to safely welcome back guests, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today announced that hospitality leaders across North America have endorsed Safe Stay, AHLA's enhanced industry-wide cleaning guidelines.
Hospitality Net
As hotels around the world gradually reopen following closures brought about by the COVID-19 crisis, they face the daunting challenge of balancing the need to bring guests back with the importance of keeping them safe and healthy. 

STR: U.S. Hotel Demand Rises for Fifth Consecutive Week
Lodging Magazine
STR data for the week of May 10-16, 2020, showed continued modest gains in U.S. hotel performance compared with previous weeks. Year-over-year declines remain significant, although not as severe as the levels recorded in April.
Special CEO Announcement
As emailed earlier this week: On behalf of the WH&LA Board of Directors and our CEO Search Task Force, we are please to announce that William "Bill" Elliott, CAE will be joining the WH&LA as our new President, CEO effective June 1st!

WH&LA Closed Memorial Day
The WH&LA Office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on May 25. The office will officially reopen on Tuesday, May 26 .