WASHINGTON, DC — Events DC has finalized its programs for the hotel and restaurant relief funds. The $5 million hotel relief package provides support to qualified D.C. lodging businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarly, the restaurant relief program, totaling $5 million, will focus on supporting qualified District-based restaurants.
“This hotel and restaurant relief package is one step forward in helping our industry get back on its feet. We recognize the critical importance of this sector to our local economy, and that is why Events DC has prioritized the urgent need to deploy this desperately needed funding,” said Max Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Events DC. “It is our hope that this funding can provide a pathway for these businesses to reopen and support their employees.”
Through the hotel relief program, eligible businesses may receive a minimum per room/key toward worker salaries, benefits and certain operating costs. For the restaurant relief program, Events DC collaborated with the Office of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington on the implementation and management of the program.
“We appreciate the commitment of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Hotel and Restaurant Associations as well as our team for their swift work in building this comprehensive program,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Events DC. “Their tireless efforts represent an important component in building back an ever-stronger city and hospitality and tourism sector.”
For the latest D.C. meeting industry news, see the Mid-Atlantic feature in the F&D 2020 Spring issue.