WEEK OF APRIL 6, 2020
Student Scholarships
Student staff members are encouraged to apply for educational scholarships awarded by WWIL & HSMAI-Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee Hotel & Lodging Association. 

WISCONSIN NEWS
Wisconsin tourism industry takes a hit; wants you to dream now, travel later
NBC 26
The tourism industry in Wisconsin takes another hit because of the pandemic. While travel is down right now, the department is encouraging people to dream now and travel later.
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#HowWiHelp highlights helpers in Wisconsin
News 8000
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Madison already has spent $1.2 million responding to COVID-19 pandemic
Wisconsin State Journal
The city of Madison has spent about $1.2 million responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to a financial update Monday.
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State officials address unemployment challenges
WBay
The nationwide number of people filing unemployment claims jumped dramatically Thursday -- as expected.  Wisconsin was no exception.
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Evers closes 40 Wisconsin state parks, including Devil's Lake and Kettle Moraine State Forest, because of crowds
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
Gov. Tony Evers directed the state Department of Natural Resources to close 40 Wisconsin state parks, forests, recreational and state natural areas, most of them in southern Wisconsin, due to record attendance over the first two weeks of April.  
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PGA says it's not postponing Ryder Cup at Wisconsin's Whistling Straits
Milwaukee Business Journal
The Ryder Cup is scheduled to be played Sept. 25-27 and PGA of America and Kohler Co., which owns and operates Whistling Straits, were expecting 50,000 attendees per day before the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Tips to Prevent Legionella Growth in Water Systems
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection
As hotels and motels scale down occupancy during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to continue maintaining the building water systems to prevent the growth of Legionella.
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NATIONAL NEWS
15,000 hotels sign up for AH&LA's Hospitality for Hope drive
AHLA  
The American Hotel & Lodging Association's (AHLA) "Hospitality for Hope Initiative" was created to boost collaboration between the hotel industry and the health care community, first responders, displaced employees, and local communities during this crisis. As part of the initiative, AHLA is working closely with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create a national database of hotel properties willing to provide temporary housing for emergency and health care workers. In the short time since the initiative was announced, participation has grown from nearly 6,000 hotels to more than 15,000 properties with a combined 2.3 million rooms available near established healthcare facilities.
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With most trips canceled, here's what the travel industry is doing to help the coronavirus response 
Washington Post
t's been almost a month since the World Health Organization declared covid-19 a global pandemic, and the travel industry has shuddered to a halt. 
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Lodging Magazine
Due to the current situation in North America, many hotels have closed or shut down parts of their properties, including their pool facilities. As cashflow is a concern in these challenging times, it is wise to find ways to reduce costs as much as possible when facilities are on standby. 
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How to Stay Connected With Hotel Employees During COVID-19
Lodging Magazine 
These are unprecedented times for meetings and events.  The COVID-19 crisis has brought on some tough changes, but the meetings and hospitality industries are strong and resilient.
WH&LA NEWS
Obituary: Kari Zambon
We are so very sorry to share that Kari Zambon from Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander passed away on April 5. Kari was a Past-Chairman of the WH&LA, served as a committee chair multiple times, was the winner of the WH&LA Innkeeper of the Year Award twice, and in December completed her last term on the WH&LA Board of Directors. Kari's voice representing resorts in the Northwoods over the years was valued and passionate, while always respectful. Her sense of humor was warm and subtle, with her laugh making everyone feel the legendary Zambon hospitality. Kari will be sorely missed by her treasured family resort partner and husband Kim and their three children - who many of us had the pleasure of meeting over the years when they hosted WH&LA meetings; by the tourism community in the Rhinelander area; by her many WH&LA friends; and by Wisconsin's tourism industry.
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Greater Madison Hotel & Lodging Association new officers
A special election was held in March that resulted in a new slate of officers for the association. . The newly elected officers are:
  • Phillip Mattsson-Boze, HotelRED - President
  • Michael Luehrs, Hampton Inn & Suites Madison Downtown, Vice President
  • Jacqueline Larson, Sheraton Madison Hotel, Secretary
  • Andrew Myer, Courtyard and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Madison East, Treasure