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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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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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