WEEK OF APRIL 27, 2020
Welcome New
Lodging Members

Bayview Resort & Harbor
Ellison Bay 

The Dรถrr Hotel
Sister Bay 
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.
Wisconsin businesses urge lawmakers to pass 'Back to Business' plan
Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday began shifting their attention from the COVID-19 public health crisis to resuscitating the state's economy as they considered a major plan by the state's largest business association to reopen the state.

Campgrounds open with new social distancing rules
Campgrounds across central Wisconsin will open May 1st, inviting families to get a change of scenery while continuing to socially distance themselves.
Counties, Chambers Work To Position Tourism Post-COVID
A group of county and chamber officials from six counties, named Northoods of Wisconsin, have been collaborating to promote tourism to northern Wisconsin since 2011. 
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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020 canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Green Bay Press Gazette 
Organizers announced Friday EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020 is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Packers games without fans? It would be 'devastating' to Green Bay's economy
USA Today
Through recession, depression and crisis, Green Bay's economy historically held up better than much of the nation, but this time it could be different.

City: Lodging Remains an Essential Service
Door County Pulse
Though Gov. Tony Evers is discouraging nonessential travel, Sturgeon Bay Administrator Josh VanLieshout reminds residents that lodging remains an essential service. 
What tourism leaders in the Dells, north woods, Door County think about summer trips; Vos believe travel can be safe  
Milwaukee Business Journal 
Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he's worried about the summer business outlook for Wisconsin tourist destinations - and a check with visitor bureaus for the north woods, Wisconsin Dells and Door County shows he should be.

Tourism department lets you explore Wisconsin virtually
Lake Mills Leader
In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, while people are cooped up inside to remain healthy, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism is offering online activities to inspire travel plans for the future and virtually explore the state's natural wonders.
Hospitality Industry United for "Buy One, Give One" Campaign to Jumpstart Travel, Support Hotels and Provide Thank You to Healthcare Workers
To help jumpstart leisure travel, the hospitality industry has united to launch  Buy One, Give One , a "vacay layaway"  program designed to generate immediate revenue for hotels, while simultaneously providing a "thank you"  to healthcare workers who have been tirelessly working on the front lines.
AHLA Launches "Safe Stay" for Enhanced Industry-Wide Hotel Cleaning Standards
Hotel Business
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has launched "Safe Stay," an initiative focused on enhanced hotel cleaning practices, social interactions and workplace protocols to meet the new health and safety challenges and expectations presented by COVID-19. 
Marriott, Airbnb, Hilton Redefine Hotel Cleanliness Standards
Business Insider
The coronavirus pandemic has radically redefined what it means to be clean - and major hotel brands are launching enhanced cleanliness initiatives to ease travelers' fears.
Seven Cost-Saving Measures to Help Hoteliers Avoid Layoffs
Lodging Magazine
During the COVID-19 pandemic, hoteliers across the country are implementing cost-cutting measures to avoid wholesale reductions in force (RIFs), opting instead for temporary saving measures, reversible when the economy recovers.  
Hotel Leaders: Industry Has to Come Together to Overcome COVID-19
Business Insider
Top executives from the biggest hotel companies in the world will have to come together to restore consumer confidence and help restore a level of normalcy to the travel industry," Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, said on a panel discussion last week with leaders from across the hotel industry.