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The Wisconsin hotel & Lodging Association invites you to participate in WH&LA Lobby Day 2011 on May 11, 2011. Learn about issues facing the lodging industry, hear from key state legislative leaders and meet with your legislators during the event. Activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Monona Terrace and will include lunch, concluding by 3:30 p.m. after meetings with legislators at the Capitol.

Fees: lodging, lodging executive, student, CVB and chamber members: $29
Associate members: $39
Non-member lodging: $49

Register online now! Registrations with payment must be received by May 4, 2011.
Click here to download a copy of the registration form.

Overnight lodging: A block of guest rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Madison for a rate of $79 + tax per night. Rooms can be booked online here or through the hotel at 608/251-1189. To book a room at the Hilton Monona Terrace, contact the hotel at 608/255-5100.


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There is a possible federal bill that would remove the obligation for Online Travel Companies (OTCs) to collect or pay taxes on the sales of sleeping rooms. Pressure from the OTCs is mounting to remove their liability in lawsuits being filed by cities and CVBs to require the OTCs to pay tax on the amount they pay to lodging properties and on the amount they charge the consumer for the sale of the room/unit.

There may be a vote today in the Senate on a bill that will include this draft, and we need your help in contacting our two Senators to ask them to sign on to a letter from one of their counterparts, which is available here.

Ask Senator Kohl and Senator Feingold to contact Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to sign on to the letter, to allow for more complete review of what special tax exemption the OTCs are trying to authorize and what impact this will have on tax-paying lodging properties.

Please take a moment to help!


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