WEEK OF August 24, 2020
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Lawsuit challenges Gov. Evers COVID-19 order, mask mandate
A conservative law firm is challenging Gov. Tony Evers emergency declaration issued in July requiring Wisconsinites to wear masks indoors, stating the governor overstepped his emergency powers.
Pandemic spurs broad increases in outdoor recreation in Wisconsin
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
While many events or activities have been canceled, postponed or limited by the pandemic, participation in outdoor recreation has increased, according to data from the Department of Natural Resources.
With Chicago's Wisconsin travel advisory lifted, some resume travel plans: 'It's a little better'
Fox 6
A Chicago travel advisory that required travelers going to and from Wisconsin to quarantine was lifted this week. Saturday, Aug. 22 marked the first weekend without the restriction in place after roughly three weeks. 
Destination Door County first Wisconsin tourism firm to partner with outdoor ethics group
Green Bay Press Gazette
Beyond local businesses and entertainment, Door County's scenic landscapes draw tourists to the area in droves every year. With that in mind, the county's tourism bureau has created guidelines for tourists and locals alike to explore these natural treasures responsibly.
Survey: Frequent Travelers Cite Priorities for Hotel Stay
A new national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) conducted by Morning Consult shows that a number of improvements to health and sanitation protocol at U.S. hotels would have considerable impact on guests' comfort levels staying there 
Report: Virtual Convention Highlight Tool on Hospitality Industry
The RNC and DNC switching to largely virtual conventions over the next two weeks will have a negative impact for the host cities of Charlotte and Milwaukee. Both cities were anticipating some $200 million in revenue, which now has been wiped out by COVID.
STR: U.S. Hotel Occupancy Hits 50 Percent for the First Time Since Mid-March
Lodging Magazine
U.S. weekly hotel occupancy hit 50 percent for the first time since mid-March, according to the latest data from STR
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has released an updated version of the AHLA Safe Stay Guidelines, an industry-wide, enhanced set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for all hotel guests and employees.

On Demand: Virtual Town Hall with Chip Rogers
Chip Rogers, President & CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) joined WH&LA's Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, August 25 to share updates on AHLA advocacy efforts, PPP relief, outlooks for 2021 and more. 
Register Now: Virtual Town Hall with Senator Roger Roth
On September 9 from 11 - 11:30 am Senator Roger Roth will be joining WH&LA's Virtual Town Hall Speaker Series! Register now, and submit your questions for Senator Roth before noon on September 8.
WisconsINN Getaways 
Showcase your property by being featured in the WisconsINN Getaways, WH&LA's e-newsletter sent to approximately 8,800 subscribers expressing interest in traveling in Wisconsin! Reach these travelers with information on your upcoming specials.

In case you missed it: Membership Renewal Information
Due to strain put on our industry, we are understanding of the possible need to extend payment terms. In the event that you are unable to pay at the requested due date on your membership invoice, please do not hesitate to contact the WH&LA office to set alternate arrangements.
In case you missed it: 2020 Wisconsin Lodging Conference & Trade Show
In advance of the 2020 Wisconsin Lodging Conference & Expo, we are revisiting every aspect of the event with attendee safety being our top priority. Working in conjunction with the Hyatt Regency Green Bay and our vendor partners, we are committed to implementing safe and smart protocols by reimagining our trade show floor, attendee experience, and program design. More details and registration information is coming soon.