September 2009

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October 25-27, 2009
Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort,
Wisconsin Dells

Just a reminder that our room block expires this Friday, October 4th for our special Conference rate of $99 at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Resort.  (Check out the Conference Brochure or contact Andrew in the WIA office for the room block information if needed.)

Need a good reason to attend? We’ll give you THREE!

  1. Learn ways to DRIVE REVENUE: Author and trainer Carol Verret presents Accelerating Revenue on both Monday afternoon & Tuesday morning.  Hear how to effectively manage revenue in this difficult economy.  According to Ms. Verret, today’s revenue management challenges are “extremely difficult in terms of forecasting, predicting and stimulating demand.”  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn best practices for discounting, distribution strategies and managing your market segment mix.
  2. Hear best practices to REDUCE COSTS: In the Reducing Operational Costs program, our three panelists: Mike Kaminski from the Chula Vista Resort, Matt Matenaer with Focus on Energy and Neil Locke from Neil Locke & Associates will share expert advice on how to reduce energy costs, control or reduce purchasing costs PLUS practical advice on how to actually implement it all. Bring your questions and ask these experts how you can apply these strategies to your property!
  3. FREE TRADE SHOW: Monday afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to shop more than 70 hospitality-specific booths. If you’re interested in new quotes on your insurance needs, looking for affordable linens or upgrading your technology, it’s all here at Wisconsin’s only lodging-specific Trade Show.

Whether you drive in Monday morning or come early & join us for the NEW Sunday Night Challenge, the full Conference wraps up Tuesday by Noon so you can be back on property that day – Give yourself the tools you need for a successful 2010!

Questions? Please contact Andrew or Denise in the WIA office today.  We look forward to seeing you there!


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Preventive Guest Maintenance To learn more or order the DVD, click on the image itself.  Need help with your AH&LA ID Number or not sure if you’re an AH&LA Member?  Contact Denise in the WIA office for assistance.


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October 25-27, 2009
Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort,
Wisconsin Dells

WHO ATTENDS: Wisconsin lodging industry professionals who want to stay connected, competitive & informed


  • Relevant, thought-provoking educational sessions designed by your peers, lodging owners & leaders just like you.
  • A free Trade Show filled with industry vendors – whether you’re interested in adding high speed internet access at your property or upgrading your bed linens, you’ll find it all at the Trade Show Monday afternoon (10/26) from 3-7 pm.
  • Interaction with your peers – industry professionals just like you who understand the challenges you face every day!
  • Important updates from both the WIA as well as AH&LA’s VP of Public Policy- Hear the latest from Capitol Hill and what this means for your business here in Wisconsin.
  • A chance to refresh & recharge with our New SUNDAY NIGHT CHALLENGE at Kalahari’s new Indoor Theme Park

LEARN MORE & GET REGISTERED:  Visit the members’ site for more information on the full Conference, room block information and to register online.  Questions? Please contact Andrew or Denise in the WIA office today.  We look forward to seeing you there!


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park with roofDon’t miss out on the Brewers/ Cubs Tailgate Fundraiser September 23rd.

Held in conjunction with the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA), lodging professionals from throughout Wisconsin & Illinois will once again come together at Miller Park for a fun-filled event including an evening tailgate party and Brewers game against the rival Chicago Cubs.

Package tickets for the Tailgate & Game are $80 per person (members), available on a first-come, first-served basis. Included in the package is your Loge Outfield Box ticket and a Tailgate buffet dinner & beverages in our own pavilion outside the park. To reserve your spot for this great event, contact Andrew in the WIA office to purchase your tickets or register online.


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WIA Members can Save 30% on Housekeeping Training Videos:

World Trainer: Guestroom & Bathroom Cleaning

World Trainer: Guestroom & Bathroom Cleaning
Language-free(TM) training. Includes alternative beddings, glassware cleaning, green practices, easy-to-follow visual icons, and wrong-way/right way tips.

$125 AH&LA members (reg. $179.95)
$155 Nonmembers (reg. $224.95)

World Trainer: LaundryWorld Trainer: Laundry
Language-free(TM) training. Program covers gathering, sorting, loading, washing, drying, folding and stacking.

$125 AH&LA members (reg. $179.95)
$155 Nonmembers (reg. $224.95)

Housekeeping: Quality Guestroom CleaningHousekeeping: Quality Guestroom Cleaning
Feature the latest and most effective guestroom and bathroom cleaning techniques, including, enhanced bedding, glassware cleaning, and green practices.

$125 AH&LA members (reg. $179.95)
$155 Nonmembers (reg. $224.95)

Stay Safe: Awareness Training for HousekeepersStay Safe: Awareness Training for Housekeepers
Available in English and Spanish
Alert housekeepers to possible dangers and prepare them for their responsibilities to establish and maintain a safe environment for both guests and employees.

$88 AH&LA members (reg. $125.95)
$125 Nonmembers (reg. $179.95)

To order, click the images/ titles above.
Offer ends 9/30/09
Please reference offer code: HSKP3

Need help with your AH&LA ID Number or not sure if you’re an AH&LA Member?  Contact Denise in the WIA office for assistance.


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The following is from the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) Information Center:FlickrPhoto_by_Jrossol

“In the United States, music can be copyrighted by the composer of the music (or his designee). Once copyrighted, music cannot be lawfully performed in a public performance or rebroadcast to the public without a license from the copyright holder. “Public performance” is broadly defined. For example, playing a radio over loudspeakers can be deemed a public performance of the songs played on the radio.

The person sponsoring or causing the public performance (not the performers) are required to be licensed. Thus, if a hotel has a band play in its bar, the hotel-not the band-needs the appropriate license.

There are millions of songs; thus, in theory, one needs millions of licenses if one wishes to make music generally available to one’s customers. This is obviously impractical. As a result, music licensing “societies” came into being.

In the United States, there are three such societies: ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. These companies enter into agreements with copyright owners and, by those agreements, obtain the right to license the copyrighted music to other people and agree to pay the copyright holder. Each of these companies owns the right to license thousands of songs. These collective rights are known as catalogs. If you have an ASCAP license, you have the right to play any or all of the thousands of songs in ASCAP’s catalog. If you have a BMI and a SESAC license, you have the right to play the thousands of songs in their catalogs.

The catalogs do not overlap, however. The thousands of songs in ASCAP’s catalog are different from those in BMI’s catalog, and both of their catalogs are different from SESAC’s. The three companies compete to obtain the rights to license songs. As a result of this, in order to be fully protected, you need a license from each of the three societies.”

BMI offers a useful FAQ page for Hotel/Motels with a message from Joe McInerney. ASCAP and SESAC also have FAQ pages on their respective websites.

AH&LA members are eligible for discounts with both BMI and SESAC.  You can access more from the AH&LA members’ section here.  Not sure if you’re an AH&LA member or for more information on the Information Center,  please contact Denise in the WIA office.


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AHLA-EI_Hospitality2015To learn more or order the text, click on the image itself.  Need help with your AH&LA ID Number or not sure if you’re an AH&LA Member?  Contact Denise in the WIA office for assistance.


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BW-Milwaukee-AirportThe Wisconsin Innkeepers Association Board of Directors would like to invite lodging property owners and managers in the Milwaukee area to attend a special WIA Briefing Luncheon on Wednesday, September 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the Best Western Milwaukee Airport Hotel.

The meeting schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, 9/22 –

  • 3:00 pm  Legislative/ Tourism Committee – Hear about legislative & regulatory issues moving forward in Madison &/ or DC, members vote to determine WIA positions on each
  • 6:00 pm  Reception & Dinner – Charges apply for meals, please see RSVP form for details

Wednesday, 9/23 –

  • 8:00 am  Communications/ Marketing Committee
  • 9:15 am   Education/ Conference Committee
  • 10:30 am  Membership/ Services Committee
  • 11:30 am  Issues Luncheon – Secretary Kelli Trumble will provide a state tourism update, Tim Smith from the InterContinental Milwaukee will share local concerns & challenges, and Trisha Pugal (WIA) will share a brief overview of state legislative issue of concern

The registration form for the Luncheon Briefing (and other meetings/events) is available here. Or you may register online. The only fee is for the cost of your lunch, with three options provided on the form.

Also on Wednesday will be the Brewers/ Cubs Tailgate and Game beginning at 5:00 pm at Miller Park.  Learn more here and then register online at the WIA members’ site.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions?  Contact Andrew Bronson at 262-782-2851 or registration@wisconsinlodging.infoPlease note this is for lodging property owners & managers only.


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