Poised For A Comeback? St. Louis Region Tourism Industry Is Optimistic About A Post-COVID Economy
Many people who work in the region's tourism industry are gearing up for a post-pandemic world, even though it's expected to be a couple of years before attractions and businesses return to pre-coronavirus lockdown levels.
The U.S. Travel Association points to a recent U.S. Department of Labor report showing about 40% of jobs lost during the COVID-19 outbreak have been in the hospitality and leisure sector.
"It's been the toughest year I've experienced," said David Robert, the chief executive officer of St. Louis-based Midas Hospitality, which has hotels in several states including Missouri and Illinois. He's been in the business for more than three decades.
"As an industry, you know, we lost about 50% of our revenue."
Robert's company, which operates hotel brands including Motel 6 and Marriott, was forced to furlough workers and cut pay but did not have to permanently shut down any properties.
He said there are signs things are picking up, especially as more people opt for “staycations” after being locked down for roughly a year. But the region needs two key elements for the hotel …
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