Last week, the CARES Act, the largest economic relief package in our nation’s history, was signed into law and includes major provisions to deliver economic support to travel businesses, travel workers and their families.
  • $377 billion in loans and loan forgiveness for small travel businesses: The bill provides small travel businesses (500 employees or less), self-employed individuals, and 501(c)(3) nonprofits with enhanced and expedited Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, which will be made available quickly through community banks. Loan recipients can receive tax-free forgiveness on a portion of the loan, equal to eight weeks of payroll and other expenses.

  • $454 billion in federally backed financial assistance for impacted businesses: The bill provides $454 billion through the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve to assist impacted travel businesses and governmental entities through secured loans, loan guarantees and other financial measures. The broad eligibility under this program ensures any impacted organizations can access a liquidity lifeline to keep workers employed and stay afloat through the worst months of this crisis.

  • Tax relief to mitigate losses and allow businesses to use cash to pay employees and keep the lights on: The bill allows affected businesses to temporarily defer tax liability, access an Employee Retention Tax Credit, delay or eliminate estimated quarterly tax payments and filings deadlines, and allow for a carryback of the Net Operating Loss (NOL) Deduction.

  • Grants for impacted tourism businesses and airports: The bill provides $10 billion in airport grants to support vital operations and provides $6.5 billion in Community Development and Economic Development Administration grants for economic injuries caused by COVID-19, including the tourism industry. 

The CARES Act is an important step forward toward delivering broad-based relief across our industry, but there’s more work to do as Congress prepares for another legislative relief package in the coming months. The Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association will continue to fight to ensure every segment of our industry gets the help it needs. 


In an effort to support communities across the country during this unprecedented public health crisis, AHLA announced a new initiative – Hospitality for Hope – to connect hotel properties with the health community, struggling to find housing and support as the COVID-19 public health crisis grows. 

Hotels interested in joining AHLA's Hospitality for Hope can volunteer 


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