Category Archives: COVID-19

Survey Shows Impact of Pandemic on Destination Marketing Organizations

MMGY Travel Intelligence, in partnership with Destinations International Foundation, has released the inaugural findings from a benchmark series of biweekly surveys of North American destination professionals. The surveys track how this sector has been affected by COVID-19 and what shifts organizations are making during a period of very fluid change.  Preliminary findings reveal that, in […]
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Assocation Seeking Donations of Health Protection Supplies

The Missouri Hospital Association, in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, is working to increase supplies for the protection of health care workers during hospitals’ response to COVID-19. Items most needed include: Surgical masks N95 Respirators Protective gowns Face shields Safety glasses Hand sanitizer Sanitizing wipes Thermometer probes Disposable gloves – […]
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Helpful Information for Businesses

How the $2T coronavirus stimulus will affect you and the economy The Senate reached a deal on a sweeping $2 trillion stimulus package Wednesday that extends an extraordinary lifeline to Americans in virtually every circumstance who have been affected by the coronavirus – workers, the unemployed, the self-employed and contractors. Foundation Offers Immediate Relief for […]
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Industry Update from CVB President/CEO Tracy Kimberlin

The city’s hospitality industry is taking a huge hit during the pandemic and it’s only going to get worse when stay at home orders go into effect at midnight tonight in Greene County and Springfield. Many other communities have issued or soon will implement similar orders, including Christian County and Branson, further affecting travel in […]
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City, County Officials Issue Stay-at-Home Orders

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, it got worse. Officials have issued “stay-at-home” orders for Greene County and Springfield to help combat the spread of COVID-19. The order is effective beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and will be in effect for 30 days. That means businesses that are not considered essential must […]
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Report Price Gouging to Missouri Attorney General with Form

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is making it easier to report COVID-19 price gouging with a new form on his website. The form, which can be found at https://ago.mo.gov/civil-division/consumer/price-gouging, allows Missouri consumers to answer price gouging-specific questions, streamlines the form process, and makes it easier for the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Team to track consumer […]
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Business Journal Offers Toolkit to Help Businesses Cope with COVID-19

The Springfield Business Journal is providing a toolkit to help businesses cope with the COVID-19 crisis. The toolkit provides information on a variety of topics including: policies about paid sick leave and telecommuting guidelines, physical and mental health issues during a crisis, the impact on the tourism industry, supply chain disruption and more. In the […]
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USTA Urges People to Reach Out to Congress TODAY

Message from Tori Emerson Barnes, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Policy U.S. Travel Association  Take Action Now   As the Senate prepares to take an important vote on the coronavirus relief package today, it is critical that we have as many travel voices as possible communicate with Congress TODAY about the impact this is […]
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Help Available for Laid Off Workers

If you had to lay off full- or part-time employees or were laid off yourself due to the pandemic, a number of resources are available to help pay the bills. Unemployment Benefits People who lose a job through no fault of their own, are unable to work due to a natural disaster or quit for […]
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Low-interest Disaster Loans Available from SBA

Low-interest disaster loans are available to small businesses and private non-profits severely affected by the pandemic. If eligible, a business or non-profit that submits a viable application could be approved for a loan of up to $2 million. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of […]
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