WH&LA has joined a coalition of over 40 business organizations seeking to repeal local personal property taxes, an annual municipal tax in many communities on business supplies & equipment that were already taxed when purchased, while also exploring methods to minimize the impact on current municipal budgets. Wisconsin is one of the only midwest states that still enables this tax.

The Personal Property Tax is an outmoded and unfair source of revenue in Wisconsin. Its origins pre-date both the income and sales tax, in the days when all property was taxed, and was the sole source of revenue for the government.

Today, the Personal Property Tax remains in effect on small businesses. With some industries completely exempted, and others still required to foot the bill, this is the very definition of government picking winners and losers in our economy, and the exact opposite of uniformity.

The PPT represents about 3% of the total of property taxes. By having that sum of cash returned to Main Street small businesses, our state’s economy could realize more job creation and increased reinvestment in the private sector. (http://www.wptonline.org/repeal-ppt)

 

 

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Occupancy was up 5.5 percent in Wisconsin for March 2017. Nearly all market areas saw an increase in occupancy for the month, with the largest increase in Eau Claire/Menomonie. ADR was up 3.0 percent statewide for the month, with the largest increase in La Crosse.

View Smith Travel Data for your region for March 2017

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SOURCE: STR, INC. REPUBLICATION OR OTHER RE-USE OF THIS DATA WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF STR IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Provided by STR. For detailed lodging performance data for your area, contact STR at 615-824-8664 ext. 3504, or info@str.com.

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DATE: Thursday, May 25th

TIME: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM (Registration opens at 12:15 PM)

LOCATION: Best Western Premier Park Hotel, Madison

PROGRAM: Thinking and Acting like a Leader” presentation by Dr. Lalia Rach.

Established and emerging leaders share one great reality – Leadership is an ongoing activity. There is no end point rather it is a continual work in progress. The best leaders understand that the very act of leading is anchored by one’s path to maturity and self-actualization. Dr. Rach will share genuine ideas and uncommon sense tinged with her special brand of humor as she provides ideas for improving your leadership abilities.

COST: $28 per person

Speaker Profile:Dr. Lalia Rach

Dr. Rach is a successful entrepreneur, educator, and leader. A proven innovator, she specializes in assisting managers in advancing their leadership strategies.  Her fresh ideas and uncommon sense on issues of strategy and leadership in the hospitality industry produce insightful thinking advancing the ability of emerging and established executives.

As a professional speaker and experienced moderator, her messages stand above the rest for their relatable honesty and timely nature presented in a practical and entertaining manner.

About Wisconsin Women in Lodging

Mission: To promote and develop women in the hospitality industry to help them grow both personally and professionally through leadership, education, and networking support.

Benefits: Access to the AH&LA WIL searchable directory, invitations to education events with inspirational women speakers, and networking & mentoring opportunities.

Membership: Membership is free for anyone employed at a WH&LA member property. Men wishing to support the mission of WIL may also become a member at no cost, as long as their company is a WH&LA member.

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HOW DO YOUR WAGES & BENEFITS MEASURE UP? SIGN UP FOR LOBBYLIGHTS & FIND OUT TODAY!

The WH&LA is excited to provide access to the premier lodging industry-specific compensation survey as a FREE MEMBER BENEFIT! LobbyLights allows you to create endless, current, personalized wage and compensation reports for FREE while your WH&LA membership remains active! 

What is it? 

Wage and compensation survey results that provide real-time, 24/7 access to the collected data from lodging properties nationwide available to you via survey participation.

Information Includes

  • Competitive Wages
  • Room Attendant Incentives
  • Employee Screening Policies
  • Medical, Dental & Health Benefits Provided
  • PTO & Sick Days Allowances
  • Certification Opportunities
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Other Provisions

How often can I view my results and how long is the viewing period?

Results are available online 24/7 from your LobbyLights account. Participation grows on a continual basis, so we encourage you to log in often to view the latest survey results. Create endless, current, personalized reports while your WH&LA membership remains active.

Who can see my property data?

Your property’s data is blind to every participant except you. Property specific indicators are removed to maintain anonymity and privacy. Review their privacy policy for more details.

How do I sign up?

Register by taking the steps in the email provided by WH&LA. If you still need the information please contact Monica at WH&LA.

Questions? Contact Monica at service@wisconsinlodging.org or call 262/782-2851

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Occupancy was down 1.9 percent in Wisconsin for February 2017. A few market areas saw an increase in occupancy for the month, with the largest increase in Door County. ADR was up 1.0 percent statewide for the month, with the largest increase in Door County.

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SOURCE: STR, INC. REPUBLICATION OR OTHER RE-USE OF THIS DATA WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF STR IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Provided by STR. For detailed lodging performance data for your area, contact STR at 615-824-8664 ext. 3504, or info@str.com.

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2018 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest

Showcase the excitement and beauty that Wisconsin lodging has to offer as the featured property on the cover of the 2018 Wisconsin Lodging Directory!

Gain exposure across the Midwest and beyond when your property graces the cover of 175,000 copies of this annual directory. The Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest allows properties to submit photos for judging, and compete in an online quest for the most votes from a group of 12 finalist photos. Engage your Twitter followers, Facebook fans, newsletter subscribers and loyal guests to help get out the vote!

THE CALL FOR ENTRIES ENDS - Friday, April 14 @ 11:59 pm CDT.

Details

WH&LA lodging member properties may submit up to two photos featuring indoor or outdoor locations at their Wisconsin lodging property. No identifying signage is allowed. Web-resolution photos may be submitted for judging, but a high-resolution, print-quality version must be available. No exceptions.

Photos must be e-mailed to Michelle in the WH&LA office by FRIDAY, APRIL 14 at 11:59 PM CDT. Photos received after the deadline will not be considered. Hard-copy photos may be mailed to the WH&LA office if digital copies are not available: Lodging Directory Cover Contest, 1025 S. Moorland Road, Ste. 200, Brookfield, WI 53005 and must be received by the deadline.

All photo entries will be submitted to a third-party for first-round judging, where 12 Cover Finalists will be chosen with no more than one finalist image from any one property. Each of the 12 member properties chosen as a Cover Finalists will be charged a $300 promotion fee for the added visibility outlined below. The past three years of cover contest winners (2017, 2016 and 2015) are not eligible to participate in the 2018 contest. No additional fees will be charged to the Cover Contest winner.     

Promotion  

The 12 Cover Finalists will each have a 2018 Lodging Directory cover designed and displayed at WisconsinLodging.org/covercontest from Wednesday, April 19 through Wednesday, May 17. The traveling public will be able to vote for their favorite cover on the page. Each finalist will also be featured in a special edition of the WisconsINN Getaways email newsletter in April, sent to more than 8,000 subscribers. Additionally, finalists will be promoted via WH&LA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the voting period, and finalists are encouraged to promote the contest through their own social media channels. The winner of the cover contest will be announced on Friday, May 26.

The Fine Print

By submitting photos to the Cover Contest, you are agreeing to pay the $300 promotional fee if you are selected as a finalist. WH&LA member property Cover Finalists will be notified and billed the $300 promotional fee on or around April 19, 2017. If payment is not received by May 17, 2017, the property’s image will be disqualified. The Cover Finalist that is chosen as winner must renew its WH&LA membership on or before June 30, 2017 (or on or before the date of membership-year expiration), to be eligible to be featured on the cover. The winner must also continue or expand its Lodging Directory advertising commitment from 2017. If a property wins the cover contest but chooses not to renew membership, it will be disqualified and the second-place finalist will be named the winner. WH&LA reserves the right to refuse any photo submission for any reason.

Questions? Contact Michelle in the WH&LA office via email at communication@wisconsinlodging.org or call 262/782-2851.

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You are invited to join Wisconsin Women In Lodging (WWIL), a female based organization which strives to provide resources, networking, and educational opportunities to advance the role of women in lodging and tourism.

Mission
To promote and develop in the hospitality industry to help them grow both personally and professionally through leadership, education, and networking support.

Benefits

  • Access to the AH&LA WIL searchable directory
  • Invitations to education events with inspirational women speakers
  • Networking & Mentoring Opportunities

Membership
Membership is free for anyone employed at a WH&LA member property.
Men wishing to support the mission of WIL may also become a member at no cost, as long as their company is a WH&LA member.
To make sure you are included in our database, please email Monica Bennett at service@wisconsinlodging.org
Register now!
https://www.tfaforms.com/277429

Events
WIL holds two annual events – in the Spring and Fall. Stay tuned for information on our upcoming events!

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Occupancy was down 1.4 percent in Wisconsin for January 2017. About half of market areas saw an increase in occupancy for the month, with the largest increase in Door County. ADR was down 0.3 percent statewide for the month, with the largest increase in Milwaukee.

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SOURCE: STR, INC. REPUBLICATION OR OTHER RE-USE OF THIS DATA WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF STR IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Provided by STR. For detailed lodging performance data for your area, contact STR at 615-824-8664 ext. 3504, or info@str.com.
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The Wisconsin Chapter of HSMAI is launching soon! The kickoff meeting will be held at the Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club on Thursday, March 9 from 2-4pm.

The kick-off event will give participants the opportunity to mingle with fellow hotel Sales, Marketing, Revenue Management leaders, as well as industry suppliers and vendors. John Parke, founder and President of Leadership Synergies, will be the Keynote Speaker. He will share his expertise on the following topics:

  • Differences between professional education and training
  • How to put your best foot forward in your career and continued development
  • 2020 success discussion – a peek into the future of our industry

You will also get a glimpse into the brand new Wisconsin Chapter of HSMAI and meet the new Board of Directors. The Board is excited to grow this inaugural chapter and invite you to consider joining HSMAI and serving on a committee.

HSMAI Members and Non-Members are invited to join for Free!

Learn more on the Facebook Event Page.

The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners, and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals & their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as HSMAI’s MEETAdrian Awards, and Revenue Optimization Conference. HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region.  There are three regions: the  AmericasAsia Pacific, and Europe, and a chapter in the UAE.  Each region has geographic chapters and signature programs and services for association members.

Contact Jen Yakimicki Guimond, HSMAI Wisconsin President at jyakimicki@ncghotels.com or Katie Marron, HSMAI Wisconsin VP of Marketing at kmarron@ncghotels.com to be added to the HSMAI Wisconsin distribution list to be in the know of future events.

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Occupancy was up 0.7 percent in Wisconsin for year-end 2016. Most market areas saw an increase in occupancy for the year, with the largest increase in Wisconsin South Area. ADR was up 3.1 percent statewide for 2016, with the largest increase in Eau Claire/Menomonie. For December 2016, occupancy was down 0.3 percent statewide and ADR was up 3.4 percent.

View Smith Travel Data for your region for December 2016 hereThis link is password protected for WH&LA Lodging Members only.

SOURCE: STR, INC. REPUBLICATION OR OTHER RE-USE OF THIS DATA WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF STR IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Provided by STR. For detailed lodging performance data for your area, contact STR at 615-824-8664 ext. 3504, or info@str.com*Analysis provided by WH&LA.

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