We work with many valued tourism partners here in Goldsboro-Wayne County, and it’s of utmost importance to us that we communicate everything we can to all our partners, local businesses and local community to help during these unprecedented times.


We wanted to relay some information sent from the state tourism’s office, Visit NC, of recent developments to help tourism-related businesses, as well as actions we can all take to focus on mitigation efforts for the tourism sector of our economy.


  1. Federal assistance for tourism-related businesses– Entire industries are hurting and hoping for help from the U.S. government, as Americans cancel travel plans and avoid stores and restaurants because of the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trump administration has been pitching a stimulus package of potentially $1 trillion or more that involves aid for hard-hit sectors such as the airline industry. U.S. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said during a press conference Tuesday (yesterday) that hotels were among the industries due to get loan guarantees in the Trump administration’s proposed package. Regarding support for restaurants, the Treasury secretary said many of them are small businesses and the administration had a specific aid program in the works for such businesses.


  1. Facebook Small Business Grants Program– Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in more than 30 countries where it operates. Facebook will share more details as they become available.


  1. Contact U.S. legislators to encourage helping tourism impacted by COVID-19


U.S. Travel Association notes while the health of Americans is of utmost importance, Congress must also protect the businesses and jobs affected by the coronavirus outbreak – which is having an unprecedented impact on the U.S. travel industry and the broader economy.


In times like these, it is important for Congress to hear from their constituents about the impact a decline in travel is having on local workers and businesses. Your outreach is critical to U.S. Travel Association’s advocacy efforts that will inform policymaking and inspire congressional action.


Please use this action alert to send a message directly to your senators and representatives with specific examples of how you, your colleagues or employees and your business are being affected.


Within the action alert, U.S. Travel also provides detailed policy solutions that will help address the health of the U.S. economy, the small businesses that make up 83 percent of all U.S. travel employers, and the 15.8 million travel-supported jobs.


In addition, the U.S. Travel Association offers a toolkit that includes talking points for use with media, in addition to healthy practices, COVID-19 facts and other information.