Connecticut Lodging Association
Coronavirus Update 2/26/2021
Update: Beginning next week, newsletters will be sent on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
American Rescue Plan: What It Means For You
The House of Representatives is scheduled to take up and pass the Biden Administrations $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan today. This legislation is a critical step towards addressing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding economic crisis facing the hotel industry. 
The American Rescue Plan includes: 
  • An additional $15 billion to support the hardest hit small businesses; 
  • $7.5 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding; and
  • $160 billion to fight the pandemic and an extension of the employee retention tax credit.

The legislation also further extends unemployment benefits with a $400 supplement and includes another round of stimulus checks for working families. The Senate Parliamentarian is expected to rule imminently on whether a provision increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 will stay in the legislation or be removed. After the House passes the legislation, it will go to the U.S. Senate for discussion late next week. 
Unfortunately, this legislation does not include industry specific relief and 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 PPP and have received no relief during the pandemic.
AHLA Vaccine Distribution Tracker
With many states completing the initial phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, focus has turned to the process and priority for vaccinating other segments of the American population. Given the disparity across states and localities, AHLA has launched a new member resource to track the evolving state and local vaccine distribution plans: The content of this tool will continue to be updated as further information specific to hotel employees is confirmed. 
AHLA has been working alongside our state lodging association partners to highlight the importance of including hotel employees in the appropriate phase with “essential workers.” We also recently partnered with UNITE HERE! in a letter calling on the National Governors Association to include hotel workers in state vaccine distribution efforts. This follows AHLA’scomment to the CDC last month calling for hotel workers to be included in vaccine distribution under Phase 1c.
STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 20 February
U.S. weekly hotel occupancy reached its highest level since late October, according to STR‘s latest data through 20 February. 

14-20 February 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2020):

  • Occupancy: 48.1% (-23.8%)
  • Average daily rate (ADR): US$101.57 (-22.1%)
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): US$48.82 (-40.6%)

Popular leisure markets in Florida, with leftover demand from the long holiday weekend, posted the week’s highest levels. Among STR-defined markets, the Florida Keys reached 93.5% occupancy, followed by Fort Lauderdale (80.1%). Miami saw the highest occupancy (75.8%) among the Top 25 Markets.