Over $70 million in coronavirus aid distributed to Wisconsin lodging industry

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Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Governor Tony Evers announced today that over 70-million dollars of the American Rescue Plan Act Funds were distributed to members of Wisconsin’s lodging industry.

Grants of up to two million dollars are going to various hotels and lodging businesses throughout the state.

Rita Dorsey is the director of experiences for the Pablo Group in Eau Clare.

She says after the year and a half of dealing with closures and staff layoffs, the grant money would bring some need economic help.

“A lot of our overhead costs don’t go away because people are renting fewer rooms and so it definitely is very tough financially to operate a hotel through COVID-19,” said Rita Dorsey, Pablo Group Director of Experiences.

“We were seeing capacity less than half than what we had seen before in our hotel in June and July month would typically be in the 80-90 percent occupancy range but this last June our Lismore was at about 2030 percent occupancy.”

According to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue additional grants will be released in the coming days.

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