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Update for Wednesday, July 1

AAHOA is bringing you the latest information as it relates to COVID-19 and your business.

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  • Coalition Letter: AAHOA, others petition Congress for relief for small business owners
  • PPP: U.S. Senate unanimously approves extending the application period to Aug. 8
  • CDC: Three ‘new’ symptoms of COVID-19 bring current list to 12
  • TSA: New campaign aims to keep travelers, agents safe ahead of 4th of July holiday
  • U.S. DOE: Presentations from Better Buildings Summit now available on-demand
  • Tomorrow’s Webcast: Join us to learn how to win revenue and influence customers
  • AAA: Summer travel will decline by 15% because of COVID-19, car trips will rule the day

AAHOA Joins Coalition to Petition Congress for More Relief for Small Business Owners
Yesterday, AAHOA joined a coalition of 24 other organizations, including AHLA and the U.S Travel Association, to send a letter to Congress requesting additional relief for small businesses that continue to suffer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter seeks four core features that build upon the current framework of the Paycheck Protection Program: 1) zero interest rates, 2) long-term loan maturity, 3) overall administrative simplicity, and

4) the flexibility to use the loans to cover a wide range of expenses and to improve the underlying resiliency of the business.

Senate Unanimously Passes Extension of Application Deadline for the PPP

Late last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved extending the Paycheck Protection Program application period to Aug. 8. With hours left to go until the program was scheduled to stop accepting applications, and with approximately $130 billion in unspent funding left in the program, it prompted a discussion among lawmakers about what to do with the funds. "The resources are there. The need is there. We just need to change the date," Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) said.
And Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who chairs the Small Business Committee, said he has no objections on extending the deadline, however “the vast majority of #SmallBusiness that wanted to benefit from the program have already used it.” Read the full article.

CDC: Three ‘New’ Symptoms of COVID-19 Bring the Current List to 12
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently added three new symptoms of COVID-19 to their list, for a total of 12 symptoms that can appear between two and 14 days after a person has been exposed to the virus. The symptoms – congestion or runny nose, nausea, and diarrhea – are “new” if you compare them to the list from late April, which had nine symptoms. However, as this article reports, congestion or runny nose, nausea, and diarrhea may have actually been on the CDC list for a while, possibly as early as May 13, based on the CDC’s “What’s New” website.

However, because the three new symptoms, as well as the other nine, are common signs of so many other conditions, testing is still the best way to determine if one has the coronavirus.


New TSA Campaign Aims to Keep Travelers, Agents Safe During Independence Day Holiday
The Transportation Security Administration announced its new "Stay Healthy. Stay Secure." campaign yesterday ahead of the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend. The campaign is intended to share new checkpoint guidance and highlight changes to the security process to improve health and safety for both travelers and TSA workers. Changes include physical distancing among travelers in the checkpoint line and among TSA officers, ID verification without physical contact between the TSA officer and the traveler, and more.

Presentations from the 2020 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit Now Available On-Demand

Earlier this month, more than 2,000 people attended the Virtual Leadership Symposium held by the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings®. Leaders from across the U.S. shared their expertise, insight, and experience as they engaged with attendees on topics including workforce development, healthy buildings, project financing, resilience, and more. View your favorite sessions from the 2020 Summit – or check out one you may have missed – today! Each recording is accompanied by a downloadable slide deck and transcript.

Tomorrow’s Webcast: Join Us to Learn How to Win Revenue and Influence Customers

Words have impact and the word choices you make can make or break the success of your hotel. Carefully constructed, truthful communication will reassure and attract your target audience, despite any challenges that may arise. Join us at 1 p.m. EDT tomorrow, July 2 for Getting Back to Business: How to Win Revenue and Influence Customers to see examples of both well- and poorly worded communication choices, then discuss how you can maximize your hotel’s attributes in a positive ways.

AAA: Summer Travel Will Decline by 15% Because of COVID-19; Car Trips Will Reign Supreme

Ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, AAA released its summer forecast, predicting that Americans would take 700 million trips, 15% fewer than in 2019 and the first decline in summer travel since 2009. Car trips will be the favored mode of transportation, accounting for 97% of trips. Car trips also will see the smallest decrease in travel volume of just 3% year-over-year. Air travel will be off by about 74%, while rail, cruise ship, and bus travel will slide by 86%.

Were it not for the pandemic, AAA would be projecting 857 million trips during the third quarter, a 3.6% increase over last year. See the full report here.