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WH&LA awards season is here! Nominate a 2018 Innkeeper of the Year, Associate of the Year, Corporate Champion of the Year; or celebrate your best employees with the Spirit of Hospitality Awards! Read on to learn more about each award. 

Innkeeper of the Year: WH&LA recognizes the complete commitment to lodging excellence and Wisconsin’s lodging industry with this award, open to all WH&LA member property general managers or owner/operators, regardless of property size. One individual, one couple or one set of family members from the same property will be selected from all completed entries to receive WH&LA’s highest honor. Judging criteria include ongoing involvement in WH&LA and the lodging industry, commitment to both the profession and the community, personal and/or property achievements, general leadership abilities, and human resource skills.

Corporate Champion of the Year: The Corporate Champion is designed to recognize an individual active in Wisconsin’s lodging industry who is in key management (or ownership of a company owning/operating multiple lodging properties in Wisconsin, with all of their Wisconsin properties in WH&LA membership. Judging criteria includes contributions to the company’s success, personal or company recognition, ongoing WH&LA involvement, and other industry or community involvement.

Associate of the Year: WH&LA honors a high degree of industry dedication and knowledge with this award, open to all current WH&LA associate vendor, educational institution, and CVB/Chamber members. Judging criteria include proven track record of exceptional commitment and service to the industry, ongoing participation in WH&LA, personal and/or company achievements and general leadership abilities.

Spirit of Hospitality Award: Is there someone very special working at your property who demonstrates the spirit of hospitality to your guests and your staff? Nominate them for one of only 12 Spirit of Hospitality awards given each year.

Submit your nominations here 

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Wisconsin women in lodging are invited to attend a luncheon and presentation Dare to Be You – The Power of Authenticity with Kimberly Zahasky! This event is hosted by the Wisconsin Women in Lodging Chapter.

Register Now!

DATE

Thursday, May 3rd

TIME

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Registration opens at 11:45 PM)

LOCATION

Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan

PROGRAM 

Dare to be You – The Power of Authenticity with Kimberly Zahasky  

Take a break from your busy day to share lunch with other women in lodging and enjoy a fun and stimulating presentation on achieving work and life balance! Acclaimed speaker Kimberly Zahasky will be sharing some of her most useful tips, along with practical tools and interactive activities to take your life from surviving to thriving. 

COST 

$34 per person

 REGISTRATION DEADLINE

April 26, 2018

Register Now!

SPEAKER PROFILE

Kimberly Zahasky is a 30 something, multi-passionate entrepreneur, consultant, and speaker from the Madison, W area who co-owns Blue River Chiropractic, the Natural Family Expo and founded The Professional Optimist brand.

Her passion is helping others become their best versions of themselves and using their skills to better serve the world.

With a husband, 3 kids, 3 businesses and a deep hunger for the next level, she is on the daily hunt to gain a healthier balance of peace and pursuit. Being the information junkie that she is, Kimberly has gathered vast amounts of information on the subject of work-life balance, all of it tested on herself.

 

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The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association is pleased to announce that we are applications for our 2018 scholarships! This year we have two scholarships available for a total of three thousand dollars in educational funds:

Applications must be received by May 1.
Please contact Monica at service@wisconsinlodging.org with any questions.
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Showcase the excitement and beauty that Wisconsin lodging has to offer as the featured property on the cover of the 2019 Wisconsin Lodging Directory!

Gain exposure across the Midwest and beyond when your property graces the cover of this annual directory. The Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest allows properties to submit photos for judging, and compete in an online quest for the most votes from a group of 12 finalist photos. Engage your Twitter followers, Facebook fans, newsletter subscribers and loyal guests to help get out the vote!
THE CALL FOR ENTRIES ENDS   

Wednesday, April 4 @ 11:59 pm CDT.

Submit your images to  communication@wisconsinlodging.org 

 

 

Details

WH&LA lodging member properties may submit up to two photos featuring indoor or outdoor locations at their Wisconsin lodging property. No identifying signage is allowed. Web-resolution photos may be submitted for judging, but a high-resolution, print-quality version must be available. No exceptions.

Photos must be e-mailed to Michelle in the WH&LA office by WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 at 11:59 PM CDT. Photos received after the deadline will not be considered. Hard-copy photos may be mailed to the WH&LA office if digital copies are not available: Lodging Directory Cover Contest, 1025 S. Moorland Road, Ste. 200, Brookfield, WI 53005 and must be received by the deadline.

All photo entries will be submitted to a third-party for first-round judging, where 12 Cover Finalists will be chosen with no more than one finalist image from any one property. Each of the 12 member properties chosen as a Cover Finalists will be charged a $300 promotion fee for the added visibility outlined below. The past three years of cover contest winners (2018, 2017 and 2016 pictured above) are not eligible to participate in the 2019 contest. No additional fees will be charged to the Cover Contest winner.     

Promotion

The 12 Cover Finalists will each have a 2019 Lodging Directory cover designed and displayed at WisconsinLodging.org/covercontest from Friday, April 6 through Thursday, May 3. The traveling public will be able to vote for their favorite cover on the page. Each finalist will also be featured in a special edition of the WisconsINN Getaways email newsletter in April, sent to more than 8,000 subscribers. Additionally, finalists will be promoted via WH&LA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the voting period, and finalists are encouraged to promote the contest through their own social media channels. The winner of the cover contest will be announced on Friday, May 11.

The Fine Print

By submitting photos to the Cover Contest, you are agreeing to pay the $300 promotional fee if you are selected as a finalist. WH&LA member property Cover Finalists will be notified and billed the $300 promotional fee on or around April 9, 2018. If payment is not received by May 3, 2018, the property’s image will be disqualified. The Cover Finalist that is chosen as winner must renew its WH&LA membership on or before June 30, 2018 (or on or before the date of membership-year expiration), to be eligible to be featured on the cover. The winner must also continue or expand its Lodging Directory advertising commitment from 2018. If a property wins the cover contest but chooses not to renew membership, it will be disqualified and the second-place finalist will be named the winner. WH&LA reserves the right to refuse any photo submission for any reason.

 

Questions? Contact Michelle in the WH&LA office via email at communication@wisconsinlodging.org or call 262/782-2851.

 

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Thanks to the generous donations of our members, we are pleased to announce that our “Enjoy Wisconsin” Online Auction is now open for bidding and will run until noon on Tuesday, March 20.

The proceeds from the auction subsidize the costs of our many services, to keep dues and fees as low as possible.

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

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 your co-workers, friends and relatives!

 THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS! 

Ambassador Hotel

Comfort Suites Hotel & Conference Center – Green Bay

Copperleaf Boutique Hotel & Spa

Country Springs Hotel

Delafield Hotel

Embassy Suites by Hilton Milwaukee Brookfield

Fairfield Inn and Suites Madison West/Middleton

GrandStay Hotel & Suites Mount Horeb

Great Wolf Lodge

Hampton Inn Madison Downtown

Heidel House

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Green Bay East

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center Stevens Point

Homestead Suites

HotelRED

Kalahari Resort

Kimpton Journeyman

Kress Inn

Lake Lawn Resort & Spa

Northernaire Resort

Radisson Hotel La Crosse

Residence Inn Madison West/Mid

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We are so pleased to welcome WH&LA’s newest members!  The Victorian Dreams B&B, Holiday Inn Express, and M3 Insurance all joined in February.

Visit their websites to learn more about these new members.

Victorian Dreams Bed & Breakfast

 Holiday Inn Express Weston/Wausau

M3 Insurance 

 

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WH&LA is hiring!

The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association (WH&LA), the sixth largest state lodging association in the country, has a new opportunity available to join our team as the Manager of Sales & Recruitment!

The core function of this position is to identify and recruit new WH&LA members while retaining existing members. Additional responsibilities include selling advertising space, sponsorships, planning and executing the Trade Show at the Wisconsin Lodging Conference and more!

Job Summary

This position is responsible for the growth of our membership and the generation of revenue that funds our organization and the valued services that we provide to lodging properties around the state.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Recruit and retain members to grow total membership, primarily through phone marketing and email communications, but also occasional in-person meetings
  • Sell publication advertising, sponsorships, online marketing, and marketing packages
  • Sell participation in our over 20 marketing programs enabling considerable savings for members
  • Brainstorm ideas for new revenue-generating programs to help fund programs and services
  • Manage our annual 80-booth Trade Show, selling booth space, communicating with exhibitors and on-site oversight of the show

Qualifications and Skills

The successful candidate for this position will be skilled at cultivating respected relationships via phone and email, with strong follow-up skills that demonstrate the value and highly respected reputation of our organization.

Some college, excellent and professional communication skills, and the ability to learn the structure and terminology quickly relating to the industry we service.

Good Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel and database skills will be most helpful to both the candidate and to us.

We are looking for a candidate who would understand and feel strongly about what good we do for Wisconsin’s lodging industry and the owners/operators who manage and operate their small and large businesses.

Benefits

We provide paid vacation, holidays, and sick (or wellness) days, 75% employer-paid health insurance, a Simple IRA savings plan where we match up to 2.5% of your contributions after one year. We also provide access to optional Vision Insurance, which is employee-paid.

This position provides a salary base ($38k – $40k/year) plus earned commissions.

Job Type: Full-time

Interested? Email your resume to pugal@wisconsinlodging.org 

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SAVE NOW – 2018 Targeted Marketing Program

Put WH&LA’s buying power to work for your property by participating in our targeted marketing program. This year we are offering new discounts allowing you to save when ordering in bulk. You now will find everything from the digital billboard co-op ads to our monthly WisconsINN Getaways eblasts -  in one guide.

ORDER BY FEBRUARY 7th and SAVE

  • 4% OFF of 5 items * Orders must be placed by February 7, 2018 and paid in full by March 7, 2018 
  • 6% OFF of 10 or more items * Orders must be placed by February 7, 2018 and paid in full by March 7, 2018 
  • Or order and pay individually at listed prices, while space lasts

2018 Targeted Marketing Guide

Contact Peter at sales@wisconsinlodging.org or  call at 262-782-2851 for more information or to place your order. 

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The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association offers a number of FREE marketing opportunities to members. 

FREE property listing in the annual Wisconsin Lodging Directory, with 175,000 copies distributed
FREE listing page at WisconsinLodging.org, WH&LA’s searchable, mobile-friendly website with an average of 22,000 sessions monthly; listing pages feature property contact info, amenities, text about your property, a Google map of your location and rotating slideshows
FREE link on your listing page to your property’s website
FREE participation in the JackRabbit Book Now tool, where users can search for & book a stay directly through your property’s online reservations system
FREE link to your designated online reservations system
FREE listing in the Meetings & Events Site searchable database at WisconsinLodging.org, where meeting planners go to find suitable sites for their meetings in Wisconsin
FREE updates to your listing at TravelWisconsin.com, the state Department of Tourism website

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We are delighted to welcome these new members to the WH&LA!

Super 8, Wautoma - 

Located on Highway 21 across from Bughs Lake and near Waushara Country Club. This 51 room hotel provides friendly service and easy access to area attractions. Silver Lake or Irogami Lake are nearby, and Nordic Mountain is less than 10 miles from the property.

 

 

Art House Boutique Hotel, Milwaukee

The Art House is a new hybrid concept design that we call a Hometel. All the comforts of home, and all the conveniences of a luxury boutique hotel. With 20 rooms, they are one of the first hotels in the area to combine all the best features of the home sharing/Airbnb experience, with all the best amenities of a locally owned luxury boutique hotel.

 

 

 

North Star Mohican Casino Resort, Bowler  

North Star Mohican Casino Resort offers you the best of Las Vegas-style entertainment in the Northwoods in an elegant, spacious, comfortable, natural light setting. North Star has been recognized as the Official Best Casino in Wisconsin for 2012! Relax in the 130 room hotel and the Aveda concept Terradea Spa.

 

 

Coffee Jar, West Bend 

Coffee Jar has at least five wonderful coffees available at any time. Coffee changes seasonally, like any produce, and we change with it throughout the year. Expect the best coffee and greatest convenience when you buy Coffee Jar brand.

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