BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Tourism in Baltimore Metropolis was significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, like many different main cities throughout the U.S. Now, metropolis lodges may have some aid within the type of grant cash, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott introduced Wednesday.
Scott introduced the state launched $8 million in grant funds to assist lodges impacted by COVID-19.
Go to Baltimore will handle and distribute these funds. They may start accepting purposes beginning Thursday, Feb. 18.
“I need to thank Governor Hogan for making this important funding obtainable for our lodges in Baltimore,” mentioned Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “Whereas the pandemic is much from over and now we have an extended street of restoration forward, these funds will assist our lodges proceed to climate these unprecedented occasions and play a key position in our financial rebound from COVID-19.”
To qualify for the grant cash, lodges will need to have been open and operation earlier than the pandemic and will need to have contributed gross sales tax income.
Lodges can apply at baltimore.org/hotel-grants/.
A complete of $50 million was distributed throughout Maryland counties and the town for lodges. This direct aid can be utilized for payroll bills, lease and utilities.
Per state tips, the distribution of funds have to be full by March 31, 2021 and lodges receiving the funds will need to have their doorways open by Could 1, 2021.
“Our resort companions play an vital position in Baltimore Metropolis’s tourism, and it’s no secret the business has been decimated by COVID-19,” mentioned Go to Baltimore President & CEO Al Hutchinson. “These funds are important for native lodges to maintain their doorways open and safely welcome in a single day guests again to Baltimore when vacationers are prepared.”
Vacationers spent $6 billion within the metropolis in 2019, supporting 86,827 whole jobs and producing $750 million in state and metropolis tax revenues.
“I stay up for working with Go to Baltimore to handle and distribute this important funding to Baltimore’s resort group,” continued Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “We all know that our lodges in Baltimore play a crucial position in internet hosting our guests and boosting our economic system, and I’m thrilled that this funding will present our lodges with the a lot wanted aid they deserve.”