March 2013

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Congratulations to the following WH&LA member for its recent award:

Kress Inn, De Pere, received the 2013 Platinum Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International Inc., awarded for commitment to excellence and outstanding guest service.


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Occupancy was up 3.3 percent in Wisconsin for February 2013 compared to the same month in 2012. Nearly all market areas saw an increase in occupancy for the month, with the largest increase in Wisconsin South Area. ADR was up 2.3 percent statewide for February 2013, with the largest increase in Appleton-Oshkosh MSA.

View Smith Travel Data for your region for February 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


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Thanks to the generous donations of our members, we are pleased to announce that the WH&LA “Enjoy Wisconsin” spring online auction is now open for bidding through March 24!

View all of the great auction items available and place your bids now!

We appreciate everyone helping to make our online auction a success by donating items, bidding on items, and spreading the news about the auction to co-workers, friends & relatives!



STR Analytics is currently collecting Profit & Loss Data (from year end 2012 operating statements) from lodging properties across the United States as part of its annual HOST Program. STR encourages all independent properties and management companies to participate.

Each participating property will receive a complimentary HOST participant report. To participate, individual properties or management companies can complete the 2013 U.S. HOST submission form for each property and email it directly to

The current deadline for submissions has been extended to March 31, 2013.


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Has your property taken advantage of discounted rates for using Constant Contact for your email marketing? While WH&LA does not endorse any product or service, we wanted to let you know about the availability of this discount, which, depending on your Constant Contact uses, could be as great as 25% off!

Get more information on WH&LA-member rates on Constant Contact email marketing services here.


Would you be impacted by an increase in state tourism marketing, and/or in improved allocations of local room tax revenues? Would you want to make sure legislators were more aware of the impact of some of their proposals on your bottom line? Are you aware of how much more receptive legislators are to hearing directly from businesses in their district regarding the impact of the budget or proposed legislation, than hearing it from us? This is the time to join together with your peers, learn the latest on what is on the slate at the capitol, and join others in meeting with legislators! Sign up now for WH&LA’s Action Day on April 11th at the Madison Concourse Hotel. Have an opportunity to meet with your own state legislators or their key staff at the Capitol! Whether you’ve never met your legislators, never been to the Capitol, are not up on the issues or what to say about them … join us, learn and enjoy this great new experience! For more information, see the registration form or register online.


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