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COVID-19 Information



 

WEBINAR: COVID-19 Financial Information
and Q&A with CFO by design 
Register to receive this recorded webinar.  Each week we will bring you a COVID-19 Travel Industry discussion with information to share & resources to utilize.

The webinar from Friday, March 27:
- COVID-19 Financial Information
- Contingency Planning
- Q&A Session/General Discussion

Hosted by the Texas Travel Alliance with information provided by our Finance and Accounting partner: CFO by design

Previous webinar recordings on Crisis Communications and Employment Information available below.

 


Information about COVID-19/ "Coronavirus" 

A message from Dan Decker, President & CEO of the Texas Travel Alliance:

Members, partners, friends of Travel-


As we monitor the current COVID-19 or "Coronavirus" situation, our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this virus to date. We recognize that the ever-changing nature of this current virus is concerning and needs to be addressed in a common sense, informed, and calm manner.

There is no doubt that the media coverage, local/county/state official declarations, closures by education institutions and changes to private business functions as prevention efforts based on COVID-19 progression have had a significant impact to daily life, as well as to the local, state and national economy.

We are feeling the growing economic impact across the Travel Industry as the COVID-19 crisis has impacted destinations, meetings, conventions, and local businesses across the country with event cancellations and demand for air travel greatly reduced for both business and leisure travel.

Many of our members are feeling a sense of helplessness due to speculation about the level of spread or length of impact, both which remain in question at this time. In times like this many in our industry are left to wonder what if anything can we do to mitigate or control the crisis?

What is within our power is to monitor the situation, share accurate information, measure the impact, support each other, and prepare for the rebound as we recover from this current situation.

Monitoring the situation and measuring the financial impacts of this crisis will help to provide valuable information as the crisis subsides and for years to come. Supporting those within our industry with frequent updates and sharing accurate information or best practices is vital. Finally, and most importantly contingency planning and preparedness to bounce and rebound on the other side of this crisis is critical.

The Texas Travel Alliance is committed to providing our members with resources and opportunities to help manage those things within our control. We will be providing a regularly updated resource page on our website as a repository for information, updates from the CDC and Texas Health officials, best practices and recommendations for your business or destination. Free webinars related to COVID-19 - recordings and slides available below.

Through our communication channels we will provide complimentary tools such as financial guidance, recommendations and contingency planning by our financial business partner CFO By Design, Crisis Communications high-level planning through The Atkins Group, human resources guidelines from our people partner Employer Flexible and other resources by our Affiliate Partners as they become available.  

Life’s Better in a State of Travel includes times of crisis. The resilience of our industry, especially in Texas, provides us the opportunity to unite and actively support each other during difficult times. We CARE for you, our members and want to do all that we can to provide the support you may need, as well as connect you with a community of travel friends here to collaborate, connect and support each other. I look forward to talking with you on Friday during our weekly webinars and having you visit our website frequently for resource updates.   


Sincerely,

Dan Decker
President & CEO, Texas Travel Alliance
Executive Director, Texas Commercial Airports Association (TCAA)
Where we believe that Life’s Better in a State of Travel!

 


HEALTH INFORMATION

What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Health information: www.cdc.gov/COVID19 
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

  

 

ABOUT COVID-19

How does COVID-19 spread? The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
How can I help protect myself?
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions:  
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Health information: www.cdc.gov/COVID19 

 

HEALTH RESOURCES

CDC COVID-19 general information: www.cdc.gov/COVID19

CDC Information for Travelers:   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

CDC Mitigation Strategies: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf

CDC Guidelines for Mass Gatherings & Meetings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Texas Health & Human Services: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/


INDUSTRY RESOURCES

Office of the Texas Governor, Greg Abbott: (Updated: 03/26/20) 

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Mandating 14-Day Quarantine For Travelers Arriving From New York Tri-State Area, New Orleans https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-mandating-14-day-quarantine-for-travelers-arriving-from-new-york-tri-state-area-new-orleans

Governor Abbott Announces Approval Of Emergency Designation For Small Business Disaster Loans From U.S. Small Business Administration https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-approval-of-emergency-designation-for-small-business-disaster-loans-from-u.s-small-business-administration

Governor Abbott Requests Emergency Designation For Small Business Disaster Loans From U.S. Small Business Administration https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-requests-emergency-designation-for-small-business-disaster-loans-from-u.s-small-business-administration

Governor Abbott Declares State of Disaster In Texas Due To COVID-19 https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-declares-state-of-disaster-in-texas-due-to-covid-19

 

U.S. Travel Association:

U.S. Travel Summary of the CARES Act and Impact to the Travel  Industry: https://files.constantcontact.com/8e3ac9f4001/ac0ad695-3c3d-4a0e-9cf5-5524129f7628.pdf

Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit:  https://www.ustravel.org/toolkit/emergency-preparedness-and-response-coronavirus-covid-19

The Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Due to Travel Losses (DATA): https://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/media_root/document/Coronavirus_2020_Impacts_WEB.pdf

Congressional/Media talking points from U.S. Travel: https://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/media_root/document/UST_CongressionalLetter_03.17.20_Final.pdf?utm_source=MagnetMail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=3%2E17%2E20%20%2D%20COVID%20Weekly&utm_campaign=ust


American Society of Association Executives (ASAE): https://www.asaecenter.org/resources/roundup/issue-roundup-coronavirus

Meeting Professionals International (MPI): https://www.mpi.org/tools/coronavirus

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA): https://www.pcma.org/coronavirus-business-events-professionals-need-to-know-faq/

Meetings Mean Business Coalition: https://www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com/coronavirus-resources

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fspecific-groups%2Fguidance-business-response.html

OSHA COVID-19 Information: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/

Texas Music Office: https://gov.texas.gov/music/post/assistance-information-and-resources-for-music-industry-professionals-affected-by-covid-19

 

INDUSTRY UPDATES 

TxDOT has closed the lobbies of its 12 Travel Information Centers. They are kindly requesting a temporary hold on literature shipments and deliveries until further notice.

 

ECONOMIC RESOURCES

Information from the U.S. Small Business Administration about Economic Injury Disaster Loans can be found here


Power of Travel Coalition: Tell Your Members of Congress How COVID-19 is Affecting YOUR TRAVEL BUSINESS. https://p2a.co/gbHyHOL

 

INFORMATION FROM OUR PARTNERS AND AFFILIATES

Financial Guidance:  https://www.cfobydesigntx.com/

Human Resources:  www.employerflexible.com

Communications:   https://theatkinsgroup.com/

 

WEBINARS 

COVID-19 Information, Resources, and Crisis Communications information: 

WEBINAR RECORDING HERE  SLIDES HERE

COVID-19 Employment Information and Q&A with Employer Flexible 

WEBINAR RECORDING HERE  HANDOUTS: request via email: eboyd@ttia.org 

COVID-19 Financial Information and Q&A with CFO by design 

WEBINAR RECORDING HERE

 

COVID-19 INDUSTRY ECONOMIC IMPACT SHARING FORM

PLEASE share with us how your business or destination has been directly affected by completing the form below. Your information will be aggregated with other information to measure direct impacts of COVID-19.