A bill introduced in the House this week, if passed, would include travel agencies in the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, which could provide eligible people with up to $ 10 million in income-based grants. of 2019. ASTA has been pushing for the inclusion of travel agencies in the program in recent months and applauded the introduction of the Securing Access for Venue Equity (Save) Act.
“We strongly support the Save Act, which would give our members access to grants of up to $ 10 million to help their businesses recover from the ravages of Covid-19,” said the chief executive officer of the ASTA, Zane Kerby, in statement. “This support is absolutely necessary as the travel agency industry has been disastrously affected and faces a longer recovery window than virtually any other industry.”
The invoice was presented with bipartisan support by Representatives Mark Amodei (R-Nev.), Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), Bill Pascrell (DN.J.) and Dina Titus (D-Nev.).
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program was created by the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2021. Administered by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance, it includes more than $ 16 billion in closed site grants. Applicants are eligible for grants in the amount of 45% of their gross income earned in 2019, capped at $ 10 million.
“As we have said time and time again, when government action has a disproportionately negative impact on a specific industry, it is a matter of fundamental fairness that the government provide targeted assistance to the most seriously affected businesses.” , Kerby said. “With this principle as our North Star, we will continue to fight for relief until the travel agency industry is restored to health.”
Changes had been proposed to the US $ 1.9 trillion bailout to include travel agencies in the subsidy program, but were ultimately not accepted.