OTA AND OHLA CONTINUE TO WORK ON ECONOMIC RELIEF AND THE ABILITY TO DO BUSINESS
This week, the Ohio Travel Association and the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association met with the Ohio Governor's Office, Ohio Development Services Agency and TourismOhio to share the devastating impact of COVID-19 on Ohio travel and hospitality businesses. In addition to talking about new economic relief measures needed to address those businesses ineligible for existing state funding, we also talked about messaging and other support ideas.
In addition, OTA and OHLA continue to work on the development of safety guidelines for meetings and conferences. We will be sharing these proposed guidelines with industry members soon for feedback.
SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF PROGRAM TO BEGIN CONTACTING APPLICANTS THIS WEEK
Those for-profit businesses who applied for Small Business Grants will begin hearing this week on whether or not they are eligible for funding. To apply for funding, please visit here.
STILL NO GUIDELINES FOR NONPROFIT RELIEF PROGRAM
This economic relief program will be administered by Ohio Jobs and Family Services.
OHIO LOSSES NOW $11.5 BILLION SINCE MARCH
Tourism Economics has released its weekly tabulation of traveler spending. Ohio travel spending was down 38% ($231 million) from last year during the week ending Oct. 31. This was a 7% improvement over losses from last week and was the first uptick after three consecutive weeks of deepening losses.
Since March, Ohio has lost $11.5 billion in traveler spending to support businesses and jobs. The continual depressed level of travel spending in Ohio has produced a loss of $1.3 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue since March 1. This includes $721 million in federal taxes, $337 million in state taxes, and $199 million in local tax revenue.
MORE TRAVELERS WILL BE SEEKING RELAXATION, THANKSGIVING TRAVEL INTENT LOW, INCREASED CASES DECREASING COMFORT LEVELS TO TRAVEL EVEN LOCALLY
Key findings from Destination Analysts survey fielded Oct. 23 through Nov. 1: