13/08/2020

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Coronavirus Relief: How Will Travel Agencies Benefit?

On Wednesday, Congressional management and the Trump Administration arrived to settlement and unveiled the textual...

On Wednesday, Congressional management and the Trump Administration arrived to settlement and unveiled the textual content of a enormous $two trillion coronavirus reduction package deal, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Financial Security (CARES) Act. When it is expected to move both of those chambers of Congress and be signed into regulation by President Trump in the coming times, it is attainable that more improvements may be created.

For the time currently being, provisions of the CARES Act that will supply reduction to the vacation agency marketplace, its workforce and impartial contractors (ICs) contain:

  • Travel Companies Qualified for Airline Financial Stabilization Loans ($25 billion) – Less than the bill, the Treasury Secretary is approved to make up to $25 billion in loans, bank loan guarantees and other investments in support of passenger airlines, “ticket agents” (the statutory expression for vacation organizations) and other associated aviation firms.
  • Smaller Organization Interruption Loans/Paycheck Safety System ($349 billion) – Less than this new U.S. Smaller Organization Administration (SBA) bank loan plan, loans of up to $10 million will be available to U.S. firms underneath the current SBA dimensions standards ($22 million in once-a-year profits) or with 500 or less workforce. Independent contractors and the self-employed are eligible. There are no collateral or particular warranty needs for these loans. The part of these loans that covers the business’ payroll, home loan, rent or utility costs from February 15 to June thirty may be eligible for forgiveness in entire or in part.
  • Financial Stabilization Loans for Severely Distressed Sectors ($425 billion) – Under the bill, the U.S. Treasury Office would be approved to increase lower- or no-interest loans and bank loan guarantees to U.S. firms that incurred losses right or indirectly as a final result of coronavirus. This reduction is only open to a “business that has not usually received enough economic reduction in the form of loans or bank loan guarantees supplied underneath this Act,” indicating that firms could not also utilize for the new SBA plan (see earlier mentioned).
  • Unemployment Added benefits for the Self-Employed – The CARES Act would also provide up to 39 weeks of unemployment coverage benefits to persons not usually eligible for typical unemployment compensation (which include the self-employed and people who have fatigued their typical benefits).

“The coronavirus pandemic has proved to be the greatest challenge ever faced by ASTA and its associates,” said Zane Kerby, president and CEO ASTA. “Over the earlier couple of weeks, we have labored hand-in-hand with our thirteen,000 associates to safe the most total of reduction for the vacation agency local community in this package deal. The actuality that vacation organizations are bundled in the airline assistance part of the bill is a enormous get and usually means that Congress heeded our connect with to contain our associates in any specific vacation marketplace reduction.”

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In the coming times, the American Modern society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) says it will review the entirety of the reduction package deal for provisions impacting its associates and will take a look at key subject areas, these types of as how the new SBA bank loan plan interacts with the Administration’s existing Disaster Relief packages. ASTA says it will also check SBA and Treasury/Transportation Office bulletins with regard to how they approach to distribute this reduction.

ASTA adds that it despatched more than 28,000 grassroots messages to legislators through its advocacy web site. It will also maintain a member webinar on Friday, March 27 at 3 p.m. ET to supply associates with a preliminary assessment.

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