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Mountain biking in the Heber Valley. Photo: Adam Barker
Tourism Industry Update

With all of Mother Nature’s antics over the last year, we need to acknowledge the leadership Utah leaders are showing to assist our industry’s recovery.

Legislators expanded our recovery grants in the recent special session. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development is executing them masterfully. Be sure to apply for grants as soon as they reopen, beginning with Shop In Utah at 9 a.m. sharp Monday, Sept. 14.

And be sure to thank your legislator and GOED contacts for all they’re doing. 


Vicki Varela
Managing Director
Utah Office of Tourism

New Shop In Utah Funds Available

On Sept. 14, 2020, at 9 a.m., The Governor's Office of Economic Development will open a new round of funding for Shop In Utah (aka the COVID-19 Impacted Businesses Grant Program). 

The award calculation was amended, and businesses interested in the grant program may now qualify for up to $150,000 if they agree to give customers 50% of the total grant amount. Companies eligible for funding, including those that already received a Shop In Utah grant, need to submit a new application. 

Applications will be accepted again on Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis while funds are available. Companies interested in applying that have not participated in any previous GOED COVID-19 grant programs should set-up a GOED account now to be ready to submit complete applications on Sept. 14.

GOED has already awarded $31 million in Shop In Utah grants, leaving around $24 million for round two. You can view ~800 existing Shop In Utah offers here.
 
Learn More and Apply
Free Registration for 2020 American Indian Tourism Conference

The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is thrilled to announce it is waiving all registration fees for the 22nd Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC).

Scheduled for September 14–18, 2020, in a fully virtual platform, AITC is the only tourism conference in the United States dedicated to Native American, Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian tourism.
 
Additional Resources
COVID-19 Economic Recovery Legislation Summary
Utah Leads Together: A Plan for a Health and Economic Recovery Version 4.9 (PDF) — Released July 22, 2020
Utah's color-coded health guidance system
State of Utah Resources for Business
Utah Office of Tourism COVID-19 Industry Toolkit
Responsible travel information at visitutah.com
The state of Utah’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) information hub.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control Travel Health Notices and COVID 2019 Information for Travel 
If you’re worried about whether you may have COVID-19, please call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707.
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