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Morgan Baker | 01/12/2021 | Industry Newsletter

COVID Relief Bill Passed

Congress passed the $900 billion year-end funding bill that includes a COVID-19 recovery package providing specific relief for the tourism industry. The Small Business Administration is expected to post a new Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) as early as the first week of January. 


Relief for small businesses and travel industry includes: 

  • PPP Eligibility for 501(c)(6) Organizations: 501(c)(6) non-profits were previously left out of the CARES Act funding. The new bill expands Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) eligibility to both nonprofit and quasi-governmental destination marketing organizations (DMOs and Chambers) with 300 employees or less (full-time and part-time combined).

  • Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a new Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans to answer FAQs on the recently expanded Payroll Protection Program (PPP), the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Programs and the Employee Retention Tax Credit. 
    • U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a great breakdown of relief funding changes and how to take the next steps for your business. Watch the recorded webinar here.

  • Second Round of PPP Loans: Businesses with 300 employees or less and a 25% decline in revenue in any quarter in 2020 may receive a second PPP loan of up to $2 million.

  • $15 Billion in Grants to Concert Venues, Performing Arts Centers, Theaters and Museums with 500 or less full-time equivalent employees and at least a 25% decline in revenue, among other qualifications.

  • Extension of the Employee Retention Tax Credit through July 1, 2021. 

  • $2 Billion in Grants for Airports and Airport Concessionaires: Including $1.75 billion in grants for commercial service airports and $200 million for airport concessionaire relief.

  • Full Deductibility of Business Meal Expenses incurred in 2021 and 2022.


You can find a full summary of included travel provisions provided by the U.S. Travel Association. U.S. Travel Association has a new webpage dedicated to funding relief for travel organizations. 

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Please Note: As of Dec. 18, Benton County, Oregon, is rated "Extreme Risk" according to Oregon's new COVID-19 safety framework. Learn what this means for you. Masks are required for those 5 years old and above in all indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces where a physical distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained. Travelers are advised to stay home. Businesses may be closed, operating with altered hours, requiring appointments, and/or have additional safety requirements in place. Please call ahead to businesses you're interested in visiting to confirm if they're open and what they're requiring.
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