Connecticut Lodging Association
Coronavirus Update 3/16/2021
Paolino Public Affairs Consulting, Inc. Legislative Report - 03/12/21
Next week the Connecticut General Assembly plans to meet for its third legislative session of the year. The complete list of bills that will be discussed has not yet been released, but we will inform you when it is. Governor Ned Lamont also signed into law one of the emergency certified bills that passed out of the senate last week: The CROWN Act. 
Additionally, President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion stimulus relief bill yesterday afternoon that will bring an estimated $10 billion to Connecticut. The bill includes funding $870 million for municipal aid to Connecticut cities and towns, 2.6 billion to Connecticut’s state government, $142 million for capital projects, $1.8 billion in educational aid, and $691 million to Connecticut counties, which will be dispersed to municipalities in proportion to their populations. The third round of stimulus payments to individuals was also included in this package. $1,400 checks should start to hit bank accounts this weekend.
AHLA Releases Updated Safe Stay Guidelines

One year into the coronavirus pandemic, safety and cleanliness remain the top concerns for hotel guests and employees. This is why our Safe Stay initiative continues to be a leading priority for AHLA and our industry. We are pleased to share a new version of our Safe Stay protocols, which include:

  • Updated CDC guidance on employee vaccination resources, workplace health and safety, and indoor air quality information;  

  • Meetings and Events Checklist as a tool for long-term planning to ensure the best public health practices are utilized by businesses, organizations hosting future meetings and events; and  

  • Safe Stay One-Pager with an overview of the industry’s commitment to health and safety protocols for employees and guests. 
Employment Opportunity: Visit New Haven Part-time Tourism Manager
Visit New Haven is seeking a professional manager with excellent interpersonal skills and extensive experience with Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and attention to detail are necessary for success in this role. Prior experience in the travel and tourism industry is preferred but not required.
STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 6 March
HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—U.S. weekly hotel occupancy reached a 20-week high, according to STR‘s latest data through 6 March. 

28 February through 6 March 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2020):

  • Occupancy: 49.0% (-20.5%)
  • Average daily rate (ADR): US$98.30 (-21.9%)
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): US$48.13 (-37.9%)

While demand has improved in in many states, most markets remain deep in recessionary territory when indexed to 2019 levels. Year-over-year comparisons with 2020 are beginning to turn favorable as the country hits the one-year anniversary of its earliest pandemic restrictions. Additional insights on the week's performance can be found via STR's Market Recovery Monitor.