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Amid the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the initial delivery of equipment and supplies to the temporary FEMA hospital at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on March 23. Shown here (left to right):
Major General Raymond Shields, New York Adjutant General/Army National Guard Commander; Major General Patrick A. Murphy, New York Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner, National Guard Bureau; Cuomo; Alan Steel, President & CEO, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center; and Colonel Thomas D. Asbery, Commander and District Engineer, New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Photo by Don Pollard/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

AHLA Launches “Hotels for Hope” Initiative to Connect
Hotels with COVID-19 Responders

By Grant Broadhurst

As the hotel industry takes a beating from the severe lack of travel, thousands of hotels are ready to assist with lodging for the people battling the health crisis.

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Some DMOs Having to Lay Off/Furlough Employees

By Jonathan Trager

Some large destination-marketing organizations have initiated staff layoffs/furloughs given the financial strife caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The San Francisco Travel Association, for example, has had to either lay off or furlough about 60% of its 100 employees. The ratio is about equal, said Joe D’Alessandro, President & CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, and ranges all the way from the senior vice president level to support staff.

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ASAE Honoring John H. Graham IV with Key Award

By Todd McElwee

ASAE is honoring the legacy of its esteemed late president & CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, with its highest honor: the Key Award.
A new submission process is in place for its two other top awards. Nominations for the Professional Performance and Academy of Leaders Awards opened March 20 and run through April 2. Applications can be filed from April 3 - May 20. One does not have to be nominated to apply for the awards.

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Indy 500 Postponed Three Months

By Jonathan Trager

The Indianapolis 500 race, traditionally held on Memorial Day weekend, has now been given the green light for August 23.
INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway made the announcement on March 26. The annual event usually draws several hundred thousand attendees.

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HOTS usually thinks destination-marketing campaigns are fun, but it’s glad the Austrian locale of Sankt Corona am Wechsel plans to revise its own tourism effort. AFP reported that part of the village’s campaign, which was launched prior to the pandemic, is a mascot named “Corona.” The ant sporting traditional garb is featured on pamphlets and other information for tourists. Mayor Michael Gruber said ecotourism is the main source of revenue for the area, which lies some 60 miles south of Vienna. Given that, HOTS thinks that whenever officials unveil a new tourism campaign, they might want to unveil a new name for the village as well.


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