The impact of the coronavirus is starting to become clearer and the results for our industry are grim. The closure of restaurants, attractions and entertainment venues mean that small business owners all over our state are going to have to do what they can to weather the storm. In the meantime, the WTA will do everything we can to our businesses survive this upheaval and then thrive when the time comes to reignite our industry.
As you know, the travel and tourism industry has been hit disproportionately hard in this crisis. It’s important to document the losses so we’re able to present a full picture to legislators and members of congress when they begin to allocate resources. Please take 5 minutes to fill out the following surveys:
WTA Survey – All answers will remain confidential.
US Travel Survey which includes an easy communication to your members of congress
Washington State is starting to mobilize to help small business owners get through this trying time. Please click here for Employment Security Department resources including:
- SharedWork , a smart alternative to a layoff.
- Employee Standby, in the case of a slowdown or shutdown of business due to quarantine.
- This easy-to-read reference guide lists COVID-19 scenarios and the benefits that are available.
Click here for resources from the Association of Washington Businesses, including information about a business impact webinar on March 23rd.
Click here for resources from Governor Inslee which includes disaster loan information and employer and worker assistance.
In the coming days, please look for a new project from the WTA to help Washingtonians show their love for their favorite tourism-related businesses.
If we work together our industry will get through this crisis and come out of it stronger than ever before.