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San Antonio tourism has taken a significant economic blow when the COVID-19 pandemic hampered travel.
Under Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen the Texas economy, the retail and dining businesses slowly open their doors and welcome guests with limited capacity, but the travel industry says it is still lagging behind.
“On behalf of more than 600 member organizations, the Texas Travel Alliance calls on Governor Abbott to openly recognize the importance of the Texas travel industry for the country’s economy,” the organization’s president and CEO, Dan Decker, said in a press release. “1.2 million Texans who work in travel and tourism rely on the Governor.”
On May 8, the Texas Travel Alliance sent Abbott a letter outlining the impact of closing COVID-19 on the statewide travel economy. Correspondence cites data from the U.S. weekly Coronavirus Impact. Travel in the Travel Report.
“Texas has lost, on average, $ 432 million every week for the past six weeks during the time when travel in Texas increased for the peak summer travel season,” the release said. “This is equivalent to a $ 7.3 billion loss in direct travel expenses to our country and … most of this impact is felt by more than 60,000 small businesses that make up the Texas travel industry.”
The letter was accompanied by plans made by leadership from Texas attractions including Sea World San Antonio, San Antonio Zoo and Six Flags Fiesta Texas which included in-depth disinfection strategies and protocols, which noted the prevalence of high touch surfaces and increased space capacity.
“As a dominant outdoor experience in the open air, we are ready to take the lead in reopening attractions in Texas safely,” read the introduction to the reopening plan. “Our employees are trained in a culture of health, safety and well-being to provide an extraordinary experience for our guests and are ready to return to work and do our part to operate in this post-COVID-19 environment.” So many restaurants, so little time. Find the latest San Antonio fine dining news with our Flavor Friday Newsletter.