On Monday, U.S. Senate leadership released their bill, the HEALS Act, for the next round of coronavirus relief, and it included language that would expand eligibility to the Paycheck Protection Program for destination marketing organizations, such as the Convention & Visitors Bureau. While we are thrilled about the inclusion of DMOs in the PPP in
Brand USA is presenting a research update at 1 p.m. today. Brand USA’s Vice President, Research & Analytics Carroll Rheem will provide an update on international market conditions – the status of the pandemic, the economic outlook and consumer sentiment. The program will be presented via Zoom. Register at https://bit.ly/BrandUSAWebinar. Established by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 as
The application for the CARES Act Relief Funds is now available on the Greene County website. A dedicated “CARES Act Relief Fund” button is on the main navigation of the homepage. From that button, users will find the application link under the “General Information” tab where each requesting entity or organization will register. Once registered,
Here are some helpful tips and information for event organizers, travelers and hoteliers. Podcast: Best Practices for Hybrid Events The freeze on live-in-person events in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many meeting planners to become more comfortable creating digital meetings. As physical gatherings slowly and haltingly return, these same planners can channel
Effective immediately, the Convention & Visitors Bureau staff will be working from home for at least 14 days due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19. You can reach any of the staff using contact information available at springfieldmo.org/contact-us.
The focus of Missouri Travel Alliance’s next webinar will be on COVID-19 And The Reopening Process: A Perspective From Attractions. What are attractions doing in light of the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape? A moderator will handle the webinar that begins at 10:15 a.m. July 22 and will ask the following and other questions of the presenters.
Travel Intentions Fade as U.S. COVID-19 Cases Soar H2R Market Research News of COVID-19 cases surging across the U.S. appears to have dampened consumer travel intentions. This wave of research reveals a decidedly less adventurous traveling public. Consumers are far less likely to feel safe traveling outside of their community compared to early June (-17
I never thought I would celebrate hotel occupancy rates reaching 50 percent but that’s what I’m doing today after receiving the Smith Travel Research Report on hotel statistics. On June 5 and 6, hotel occupancy was at 51.7 percent and 51.8 percent respectively. For the week of May 31-June 6, occupancy was at 45.1 percent,
Here’s information you can use as you plan events – either in person or virtually – and for motivating your staff. Tips for In-Person Events Safe Travel Protocols with Guidance for Restarting Events The protocols, backed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, include recommendations for airlines, airports, hotels and more. How to Create a
With the events happening around the country in recent days, it’s difficult to be upbeat about travel and tourism, even though we are seeing continued increases in hotel occupancy and revenue in Springfield. We are a diverse nation and the pain caused by racial inequities is real and affects every community – including our city.