The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) has welcomed an $8.3 billion emergency supplemental appropriations package passed by Congress to address the threat of coronavirus.
The bill, which includes more than $3 billion in vaccine research and $2.2 billion in prevention and preparedness efforts, was unveiled by Congress on Wednesday and signed by President Trump on Friday.
The size of the bill far exceeds the $2.5 billion in funding the Trump administration had originally proposed.
Welcoming the news, Chip Rogers, AHLA president and CEO, said the hotel industry is “grateful” for Congress’ “diligent and immediate” attention to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
“Congress correctly recognized the urgent need to appropriate the funding necessary to support state and local health organizations and to accelerate the research and development of a potential vaccine,” he added.
“Hoteliers are deeply committed to the health safety of both the millions of people we employ, and the millions of guests who we serve at our hotels each day. The domestic lodging industry supports more than 1 in 25 American jobs, both at our properties and throughout the communities we serve, and we contribute nearly $660 billion to US GDP.
“Our success would not be possible without a robust travel and tourism sector. To that end, we strongly urge the traveling public to follow current CDC guidance and recognize that there are currently no travel restrictions in the continental U.S.”