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Thanks to the generous donations of our members, WH&LA is pleased to announce that the “Enjoy Wisconsin” online auction is open for bidding now through December 12!

View all of the great 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 your co-workers, friends and relatives!


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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.


Thanks to the generous donations of our members, we are pleased to announce that our first WH&LA “Enjoy Wisconsin” Online Auction is now open for bidding and will run until November 30!

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!



The Milwaukee Business Journal has named the Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association the 24th largest association in Wisconsin. The list is ranked by the number of members in Wisconsin (ties are broken alphabetically). WH&LA was also ranked #24 last year.

The top five associations include:

1. Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation (previously ranked #2)
2. State Bar of Wisconsin (previously ranked #3)
3. Wisconsin Realtors Association (previously ranked #4)
4. Wisconsin Medical Society (previously ranked #5)
5. Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (previously ranked #6)

The complete list can be found at milwaukee.bizjournals.com (subscription required).


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The International Society of Hotel Association Executives (ISHAE) has recognized WH&LA with two ISHAE Awards of Excellence. The awards were presented and sponsored by USA TODAY and were given out in December at the 25th annual ISHAE Winter Conference in La Jolla, California.

WH&LA was recognized in the the Government Affairs category for the lodging industry’s effort in getting support for an increase in state tourism funding. Recognition in the Public Relations category was for the Gas Card Getaways program WH&LA ran during the summer months, allowing member properties to advertise any special gas card promotions to attract travelers. Both awards were in the category of state associations with annual budgets of more than $500,000.


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Congratulations to the following WH&LA member properties for their diamond ratings from AAA:

Four Diamond – The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee; The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee; Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva; and The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake

Five Diamond – The American Club, Kohler

Only 4.4 percent of AAA-rated hotels and 2.7 percent of restaurants receive four diamonds. Only one-third of 1 percent of rated establishments receive five diamonds.

The entire list of diamond-rated properties and restaurants can be found here.


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The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association has been recognized by the International Society of Hotel Association Executives (ISHAE) in its 2010 Awards of Excellence program in the categories of Communications and Public Relations. The awards were presented at the ISHAE Winter Conference in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association (WH&LA) Award of Excellence for Communications was for their “ Smoking Ban Guide for Wisconsin Lodging Properties”, providing important and timely guidance to lodging properties in implementing the new statewide smoking ban that went into effect July 5.  The Public Relations Award bestowed upon WH&LA was for their online 2011 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest, attracting thousands of visitors to their www.WisconsinLodging.org website to vote to select the new cover and qualify for a getaway weekend prize, while also experiencing the valuable searchable lodging functions at the site.

Other state associations recognized for their efforts in 2010 include the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association, Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, California Hotel & Lodging Association, Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association and Michigan Hotel & Lodging Association.

“ISHAE is pleased to recognize these ten award winners,” stated Christina Pappas, executive director of ISHAE. “The dual award winning associations in Ohio and Wisconsin deserve special acknowledgement for their level of excellent programming in this past year.”

ISHAE presents the annual Awards of Excellence for the best lodging association programs and services, and are widely recognized as the “best of the best” within the hotel and lodging association industry representing innovation and creativity that has brought tangible results to the association and its members.  Award winners presented their winning entries to all conference attendees at the ISHAE Winter Conference.


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A Wisconsin Innkeepers Association member is going up against three other finalists Saturday, May 15  in Good Morning America’s Best Breakfast Challenge. Correspondent Marysol Castro and Producer Ameya Pendse visited Door County’s White Gull Inn on May 4, to shoot footage of the restaurant’s Door County Cherry Stuffed French Toast, which will be shown on the program Saturday, May 15. at 7 am CDT. 

Voting will commence after the show as viewers across America will be encouraged to vote on line for the ultimate winner.  The White Gull and the other three finalists from Houston; Asheville, North Carolina; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire were selected by the show from entries from the fans of thousands of restaurants across the country.

Immediately after the segment airs on Saturday, May 15th, voting beings. Viewers can log on to http://abcnews.go.com/gma and look for a link that says, “VOTE FOR THE BEST BREAKFAST”. The link will be up until about 7 pm CDT on May 15.  Viewers can only vote once. The viewers’ votes add up to 50% of the vote. The other half goes to our four anchors (after tasting the food). By 8 pm EDT, Good Morning America will inform the nominees of the outcome. Pendse will then travel to the winning restaurant in time to feature it live on the show Sunday (May 16th) morning.

The 114-year-old White Gull Inn in Fish Creek is a bed and breakfast that also serves three meals daily to the public.  It has been owned and operated since 1972 by Jan and Andy Coulson.


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You’ve found the new lodging industry blog from the Wisconsin Innkeepers Association (WIA)!  Be sure to check back often as we share industry news and insights for Wisconsin’s lodging owners, managers and staff.

WIA in the media!
Just out, the WisconsinLodging.info searchable traveler site is featured in the spring issue of Fetch magazine – Going to the Dogs: Pet-Friendly Vacations in Wisconsin. Also highlighted in the article are our members: the Stewart Inn in Wausau and the Edgewater Hotel in Madison.

Does your Wisconsin property cater to pets and their people also?  Leave us a comment below and tell us all about it!

Again, welcome to our new blog!

(While your comments are welcomed, please remember that this page is accessible to the public and the media.)


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