Connecticut Lodging Association
Coronavirus Update 2/12/2021
CRA Asks Gov. Lamont For Reopening of Indoor Events
The CT Restaurant Association, along with the CT Event Industry Coalition and CT Convention & Sports Bureau have released a letter to Governor Lamont and legislative leaders today asking to set a specific date for the reopening of indoor events of at least 150 guests.

The letter has also addressed the following concerns including:
  • Concerns regarding continued restrictions to April 20th, affecting consumer confidence and causing many of our businesses have all received cancellations for May, June and beyond.
  • Demanding a plan of action and a date urgently as we rely on the administration to guide and inform our consumers about their plans. 
  • The event industry has been one of the hardest hit leading to an entire year of lost revenue and these businesses are in serious jeopardy of closing permanently, including hardship on employees, fellow vendors, and all of the supporting ancillary businesses, which is approximately 32,000 jobs per month. 

We are hopeful that as we move forward, the administration will provide support to help us save events in Connecticut.
Happening on the Hill
Congress continues to work on President Joe Biden's $1.9T American Rescue Plan. The U.S. Senate approved the Fy2021 Budget Resolution last week after a marathon 15-hour vote-a-rama, allowing for the U.S. House of Representatives to start drafting their respective pieces of the legislation. Of note, an amendment offered by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) to direct additional resources to the ailing hospitality and tourism Industry was approved unanimously. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stated the House plans to "send something over to the Senate" before several initiatives, such as boosted unemployment benefits, are set to expire on March 15. 

AHLA continues to call on Congress to immediately implement additional long-term grant programs for industries and workers that have been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that thousands of mid- to large-sized businesses in the hospitality sector do not qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and have received no relief during the pandemic.
STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 6 February
U.S. weekly hotel occupancy remained relatively flat from the previous week, according to STR‘s latest data through 6 February. 

31 January through 6 February 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2020):

  • Occupancy: 40.9% (-30.5%)
  • Average daily rate (ADR): US$91.44 (-29.0%)
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): US$37.44 (-50.6%)