July 2013

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Occupancy was down 0.1 percent in Wisconsin for June 2013 compared to the same month in 2012. About half of the market areas saw an increase in occupancy for the month, with the largest increase in Wausau/Stevens Point. ADR was up 1.7 percent statewide for June 2013, with the largest increase in Milwaukee.

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

SOURCE: SMITH TRAVEL RESEARCH, 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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Congratulations to the following WH&LA members on their recent awards & recognition:

The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, was named #35 Top Resort in the Continental U.S. in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2013 World’s Best Awards.

Heidel House Resort & Spa, Green Lake and BEST WESTERN PLUS Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center have earned a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.com, given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers.

Has your property recently won and award or received a special recognition? Let us know!

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To help make sure that all travelers interested in coming to the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary celebration August 29 – September 3, 2013 are able, travelers now have a new and free resource to find lodging up to two hours away. The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association is hosting a page at www.WisconsinLodging.org/Harley where travelers can browse available lodging by distance from the festivities, in 15-minute driving time increments and book directly online or call for reservations. With reservations and cancellations changing availability each week, all participating properties will verify their availability weekly. Each Thursday through August 29, the page will be updated to reflect the latest status.

“There are still lodging options available for those who want to come to Wisconsin and celebrate the Harley-Davidson tradition in Milwaukee,” said Trisha Pugal, WH&LA President/CEO. “We hope to connect those travelers with rooms that best fit their needs, whether they stay 15 minutes away or even 2 hours away. What better way to experience more of what the Milwaukee area and other nearby areas have to offer than touring by motorcycle?”

The WH&LA is offering this free service in collaboration with The Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Visit Milwaukee and Harley-Davidson to conveniently find and book accommodations for this historic celebration.

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Click the above image to learn more about the Guest Service Gold training program from the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute.

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has appointed Scott Krause, General Manager of the Heidel House Resort & Spa, Green Lake, to the Governor’s Council on Tourism. Krause currently serves on the WH&LA Board of Directors as the AH&LA Director. Also named to the council was Allyson Gommer, Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Allyson and Scott aboard the Council,” said Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. “Their years of experience and diverse backgrounds in the tourism industry will help guide the Council’s work in seeking innovative ways to market Wisconsin and grow the tourism economy.”

The Governor’s Council on Tourism is made up of 20 individuals appointed by the Governor, hailing from all corners of the state and from a variety of occupations within the state’s tourism industry. Tourism Council members provide strategic insight and advisement to the Department of Tourism to further its mission to grow the tourism economy in the state

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