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Bill Otto, Past Chairman of the Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association (1998) and Past Chairman of the state Governors Council on Tourism was presented with the Governor’s Tourism Legacy Award at the Governor’s Dinner at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism on March 6 in Green Bay. Each year the award is presented to an individual who has shown a long lasting and permanent contribution to the industry over the years. Nominees for this award have twenty-five years or more of distinguished service to the tourism industry, fifteen years or more of which has been in Wisconsin.



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In addition to the outstanding speakers we blogged about last week, we’re also excited to present an equally talented group of panelists for the 2009 Wisconsin Lodging Conference & Trade Show:

October 25-27, 2009
Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Resort,
Wisconsin Dells

Straight Talk on the Economy, Monday 10:30 a.m. features panelists Bill Otto, President of Marcus Hotels & Resorts and Todd Winkler, President of WISCO Hotels along with Lindsay Culbreath from Smith Travel Research (STR). Moderated by Scott Anderson, President of Kohler Company’s Hospitality Division, together these hospitality experts will share their insights into the state of Wisconsin’s Economy, its impact on the lodging industry, as well as where owners & operators should focus over the next year.  This fast-paced, informative session will also include projections for the rest of 2009 and into 2010.

Monday afternoon’s breakout sessions get started with Affordable Renovations at 1:45 p.m. where design & construction experts Doug Nysse from Kahler Slater Inc., Bill Ryan with Architectural Design Consultants Inc. and Darren Noak from Tri-North Builders will answer all your renovation questions.  From determining the best time to remodel to how to establish a budget for renovations; advice for picking your design team or identifying lower cost/ big impact renovation strategies; these experts will share their experiences including their list of DO’s and DON’T's.

With sessions on Monday afternoon, 1:45 p.m. and again Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. attendees have two opportunities to hear this panel of experts on Reducing Operational Costs. Matt Matenaer, P.E., Energy Advisor with Focus on Energy kicks off the program with guidance on implementing the most cost-effective energy savings strategies for your property. Next, learn purchasing strategies to reduce or control costs from Neil Locke with Neil Locke & Associates. Finally, Mike Kaminski with Chula Vista Resort and the AmericInn Motel in Wisconsin Dells will share his practical insight with proven strategies for both a large multi-service resort as well as a smaller, limited service property.

Learn more & register for the Wisconsin Lodging Conference & Trade Show – Early Bird rates expire TODAY- Monday, October 12th.  Download the Conference brochure, check out the Sunday Night Challenge, make a Silent Auction Donation or register online here.


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