September 2010

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Fisher & Phillips offering Free Webinar – October 14, 2010

Fisher&PhillipsFrom Fisher & Phillips:

“Employers may think their OSHA recordkeeping logs and procedures are fully compliant, only to learn after an OSHA inspection and, in some cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties, that they were not.

OSHA has launched a full frontal attack with the implementation of its National Emphasis Program on recordkeeping and, at the same time, is directing inspectors to review a company’s Form 300 Logs of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses for up to five previous years for violations of the recordkeeping rules. The end result is that many employers are receiving five and six digit penalties for those violations.

This webinar, presented by attorneys from the Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group at Fisher Phillips LLP, will examine the many recordkeeping pitfalls that employers face, especially those with multiple locations. The program will cover how to coordinate your injury and illness recordkeeping with other recordkeeping requirements and how employers can effectively use recordkeeping to improve their current safety and health management program.

This hour long webinar is free, but registration is required. Once your registration is complete you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to join the webinar. Participation in this webinar has been approved for one hour of HRCI credit. Click here to register and for more information on this and other events.

Webinar date and time:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
2:00 p.m. EDT / 1:00 a.m. CDT

Please contact Gail Rice for more information.

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The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) recently announced a new webinar:

Bed Bugs: Separating Fact from Fiction
Tuesday, Sept 28, 2010
1:00- 2:30 pm CDT

From AH&LA:

Bed bugs have received front page placement all summer, leaving a multitude of guests who often confuse facts with myths about this pest.

Learn how to more proactively manage bed bug infestations, the legal pitfalls inherent in today’s litigious society, and how to effectively address the many misconceptions of your guests.

Panelists include:

  • Stuart Mitchell, DO, PhD, MPH, BCE, noted pest management expert, speaker, and scientist representing the National Pest Management Association
  • Christian Hardigree, an attorney, Parnell & Associates
  • Wes Tyler, general manager, Chancellor Hotel on Union Square in San Francisco
  • Moderator: Bob Sears, director of life safety, Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

All participants also eligible to receive a 20% discount on AHLEI’s Bed Bugs: Facts and Prevention DVD!

Cost is $99 for AH&LA members or $199 for non-members

Not sure if you’re a member, or need assistance with your AH&LA member ID? Please contact the WH&LA office for assistance.

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The WI Dept of Tourism recently announced that they will soon be debuting their new iPhone app, available for free download from Apple’s iTunes store.

According to the Dept, this mobile application “will allow consumers to have on-the-go access to accommodations, events, attractions and dining options in Wisconsin, all in the palm of their hand.” Information for the app will be pulled directly from the TravelWisconsin.com web site.

We encourage WH&LA members to review your listing at TravelWisconsin.com and ensure you have the most recent, up-to-date information on your property displayed.  To update any of your property information, please contact the WH&LA office for assistance.  As a reminder, your TravelWisconsin.com web site listing can include up to five (5) property photos as well.

Again, there is no fee to update any of your property information, simply contact the WH&LA office and we can take care of the rest!

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October 24-26, 2010
Hotel Sierra/ KI Convention Center
Green Bay, WI

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

WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE:

  • 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 (10/25) from 3-6:30 pm.
  • Interaction with your peers – industry professionals just like you who understand the challenges you face every day!
  • Important updates from both WH&LA and AH&LA
  • A chance to refresh & recharge, starting with the Packers-Vikings viewing party at Titletown Brewery Sunday night

LEARN MORE & GET REGISTERED: View the full conference schedule here. Visit the members’ site to register online. Questions? Please contact the WH&LA office today. We look forward to seeing you there!

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The WH&LA Board of Directors would like to invite lodging property owners and managers in the area to attend a special WH&LA Briefing Luncheon on Wednesday, September 15th from 11:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander.  This is a great opportunity for you to meet our leaders, learn about what they are working on, and to participate with your opinions at committee meetings – in a location not too far from you!

In addition to joining our 2010 Chairman of the Board Kirk Drusch and other Board members for lunch, the following information will be shared:

  • Ira Hartman, president of the Northwoods Chapter of the WH&LA will give a brief overview of the current issues facing area properties, to increase Board awareness
  • The WH&LA will provide a brief overview of a few key legislative and other issues of concern to Wisconsin’s lodging industry, such as updates on the Statewide Smoking Ban and Room Tax action underway by the WH&LA
  • Lola Roeh, Chair of the Sustainable Tourism Funding Task Force, will provide an update on State Tourism funding cuts and what the future may hold.

In addition to the Briefing Luncheon, we will also have Committee meetings that WH&LA members are invited to sit in on. The following is a brief schedule for the day:
Wednesday, September 15th

  • 8:15  – 9:00 am              Education/Conference Committee
  • 9:15 – 10:15 am             Membership/Services Committee
  • 10:30 – 11:30 am           Communication Committee
  • 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.   WH&LA Briefing Luncheon  (Advance registration required)
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.     Legislative/Tourism Committee
  • 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.     WH&LA Room Tax Task Force
  • 6:00 p.m.                        Reception followed by Dinner at the Three Coins Restaurant at Holiday Acres Resort (Advance registration required)

You are welcome to join us for any portion listed that you are interested in… however we do kindly ask that you RSVP so that we can be sure to have enough hand-outs and seats for you and other attendees, and so that we can have your meal selection prepared. A fee is required for meal registrations to cover the costs of your meal plus all tax and gratuity, however there are no fees for members to attend Committee meetings. The deadline to RSVP is Monday, September 6 by 3:00 pm. Should you wish to receive a set of the meeting agendas, or have any questions, please contact Pamela at 262-782-2851 or office@wisconsinlodging.org.

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From AH&LA Smart Brief:

AAA predicts more Americans will travel for the Labor Day weekend this year compared with last, but they will stay closer to home as value remains important. The auto club’s forecast indicates people are concerned about their budgets but are feeling some pent-up demand for trips, according to AAA Travel Services Director Glen MacDonell.

The entire text of the article from USA TODAY can be found here.

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Congratulations to the following WH&LA member properties for their recent awards and recognition!

Best Western Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center, winner of the Best Western corporate Director’s Award for outstanding quality standards.

Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, named to the Best of MidAmerica 2010 list by Meetings Magazine.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, named to the Best of MidAmerica 2010 list by Meetings Magazine.

Great Wolf Lodge, Wisconsin Dells, named one of the Top 10 Best Hotel Swimming Pools for Kids by ABC News/Travel.

Kalahari Resort Convention Center & Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells, named to the Best of MidAmerica 2010 list by Meetings Magazine.

The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, named to the Best of MidAmerica 2010 list by Meetings Magazine.

The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, named to the Best of MidAmerica 2010 list by Meetings Magazine.

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