February 2013

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Occupancy was up 1.9 percent in Wisconsin for January 2013 compared to the same month in 2012. Most market areas saw an increase in occupancy for the month, with the largest increase in Wisconsin South Area. ADR was up 1.9 percent statewide for January 2013, with the largest increase in Appleton-Oshkosh MSA.

View Smith Travel Data for your region for January 2013 here. This link is password protected for WH&LA Lodging Members only.

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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Congratulations to the following WH&LA members on their recent awards & recognition:

2013 Best of Wisconsin Meetings awards, presented by Wisconsin Meetings magazine

Ho-Chunk Casino Hotel & Convention Center, Baraboo – named Best Wisconsin Casino with Meeting Space
Heidel House Resort & Spa, Green Lake – named Best Wisconsin Lakeshore Resort
The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee – named Hotel with the Best Service
Kalahari Resort Convention Center & Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells – named Best Wisconsin Convention Center
The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee – named Best Wisconsin Retreat
The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club, Madison – named Best Wisconsin Conference Center
Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau – named Most Helpful CVB

Top 100 Spas of 2012, presented by Spas of America

The Osthoff Resort [Aspira Spa], Elkhart Lake – ranked #3
Heidel House Resort & Spa [Evensong Spa], Green Lake – ranked #45
Sundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin Dells – ranked #58



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The Wisconsin Restaurant Expo is excited to offer complimentary registration to WH&LA members. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s planned for this statewide food service event:Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver, will open the show on March 11 with a keynote address. Chef Rick Tramonto, media chef on Bravo’s Top Chef, will headline Expo events on March 12. Check out exhibits covering everything for front and back of house. This environment will make it easy to see what’s new to the market. The Expo’s all-new Design Gallery will be a creative hot-spot for re-designs and new constructions.

Three days of educational programs are also included in WH&LA members’ complimentary registration. View the line-up here. Register for the Wisconsin Restaurant Expo here and enter the “Group Meetings Registration” site. Enter group meeting code 1321.


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Congratulations to the following WH&LA member properties that have received prestigious Diamond ratings from AAA:

Five Diamond
The American Club, Kohler

Four Diamond
The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva
Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Milwaukee
The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee
The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee


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Congratulations to the following WH&LA member properties, which were recently named to U.S. News & World Report‘s 2013 Best Hotels List:

  • The American Club, Kohler – named #1 Best Wisconsin Hotel
  • The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee – named #2 Best Wisconsin Hotel & #1 Best Milwaukee Hotel
  • The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee – named #3 Best Wisconsin Hotel & #2 Best Milwaukee Hotel
  • Canoe Bay/Relais & Chateaux, Chetek – named #4 Best Wisconsin Hotel
  • InterContinental Milwaukee – named #5 Best Wisconsin Hotel & #3 Best Milwaukee Hotel
  • The Delafield Hotel, Delafield – named #6 Best Wisconsin Hotel
  • Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva – named #7 Best Wisconsin Hotel
  • Ambassador Hotel, Milwaukee – named #8 Best Wisconsin Hotel & #4 Best Milwaukee Hotel



The American Hotel & Lodging Association has joined forces with Clean the World Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that collects and recycles used soap and bottled amenities from lodging properties, to offer AH&LA members an exclusive additional 5 percent discount per room.

More than 1,700 lodging properties across North America currently participate in the program. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 12 million bars of soap to homeless shelters and in countries suffering from high death rates due to acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease, the top killers of children under the age of five.

Properties that participate in the initiative receive a quarterly impact statement detailing the total weight of the amenities shipped and an Interactive Impact Calculator that calculates the lifesaving impact of their donations. Hotels also are given bilingual training posters and access to an online training video for housekeeping staff. Information cards are available for guestrooms, as well as plaques that can be displayed in the lobby educating guests on the program. Additionally, hotels can organize soap drives for their communities, in addition to other volunteer opportunities.

For additional information and to participate in the program, visit ahla.com/green.


The AH&LA Career Center, powered by HCareers, grants access to the nation’s largest searchable online database of candidates and job openings specific to the lodging industry. WH&LA lodging members receive a 20% discount from HCareers.

To view the HCareers and WH&LA member discount whitesheet click here.

Learn more here or speak with an HCareers representative by calling 800/832-3738.