The Explore Asheville team is focused on providing information and sharing resources to help industry partners navigate the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to pass along guidance and information from trusted sources as we discover it.


COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

[Ongoing] The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is conducting a survey that asks you to take three minutes to share how your business is responding to COVID-19 and what resources you may need. Responses will inform Chamber discussions with elected officials about emergency services and relief. >>Read more.

Industry Businesses Encouraged To Send a Message to Congress 

[March 20, 2020] Destinations International is imploring members of the tourism industry to let Congress know how COVID-19 is impacting businesses NOW while a comprehensive economic package designed to provide direct relief to our industry is being considered today. Read the request here and use this form to send your urgent message to Congress. Share probable losses in your organization and across the industry. DI stresses the importance to underscore how critical it is that the coronavirus stimulus package covers nonprofit travel organizations and well as for-profit businesses.

US Travel Association Encourages Action to Protect Industry Workers

[March 19, 2020] The U.S. Travel Association invites members of the travel and tourism industry to sign on this industry letter that will be sent to Congress. Add your organization here, and share this link with anyone else who you think may want to signal their support. *Deadline  to participate is 12 noon on March 20.*

Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Due To Travel Losses

[March 19, 2020] The U.S. Travel Association has released results of research on the economic impact of COVID-19. >>Download the report here.

Stay on Top of COVID-19’s Impact on the Business of Travel

[March 19, 2020] Since late January, Skift has been covering the impact on the travel industry caused by COVID-19. Check out this page for the latest news about coronavirus and its impact on hotels, airlines, cruise lines, tourism destinations, and other sectors of the travel industry.

Travel Industry Leaders Deliver Message to White House

[March 18, 2020] From a LinkedIn post by Roger Dow, President & CEO of US Travel Association: “Yesterday, fellow travel industry leaders joined me at the White House to deliver a critical message to President Trump, Vice President Pence and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: travel industry workers and travel businesses—83% of which are small businesses—need relief from the coronavirus disaster, and they need it now.” >>Read more.

U.S. Travel Association Releases Stats on Impacts of Coronavirus

[March 17, 2020] A new analysis by Tourism Economics projects that decreased travel due to coronavirus will inflict an $809 billion total hit on the U.S. economy and eliminate 4.6 million travel-related American jobs this year. >>Read more.

Destination International Provides Industry Resources

[February 28, 2020] Destinations International offers COVID-19 resources for travel industry professionals, plus a message from leaders in the events and meetings industry.