WCVA provides grants to local hotels


Empty hotel stage   One of the hardest hit financially right now is the hospitality industry, and the Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) provided some relief recently in the form of grants to 56 local hotels.
   The sustainability grants total $560,000.
   Each hotel is receiving $10,000, which is the equivalent of 445 room rentals per night (county-wide) for 14 nights at an average rate of almost $90.00 per room.
   “We face an unexpected and unprecedented threat to our local hospitality industry and our local economy, but together we can meet this challenge,” said Carolyn McCormick, president and CEO of Washington County Visitors Association. “This grant program serves as our investment in the future of the Tualatin Valley and its citizens. For decades, the local lodging business community has been a true partner in our efforts and it is our turn to support them. Immediate and bold action is needed now.”
   With some forward thinking, WCVA had established a reserve fund for difficult economic times such as this.
   These sustainability grants are designed to help lodging establishments in the short term, while they await state and federal assistance for small businesses.
   To learn about WCVA and maybe plan some future outings, click here.