Month: January 2021

Laguna Beach boosts COVID-19 relief package to $2 million, adds hotel grants

The Inn at Laguna Beach’s Pacific Terrace overlooks the ocean. Courtesy of Classic Hotels & Resorts

The Laguna Beach City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to increase funding for its COVID-19 relief package to $2 million, ramping up programs to assist local businesses, workers, and residents enduring the pandemic’s economic fallout.

The Council’s latest appropriation is $600,000 for the LB CARES Hotel Program, which will grant hoteliers up to 50% of the transient occupancy tax they collected from overnight guests during the Fourth Quarter of 2020. The City Council approved a minimum grant of $5,000 and a maximum of $100,000 per

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Laguna Beach provides COVID-19 relief to hotels, reworks other grant programs

To help hotels struggling during the pandemic, Laguna Beach city officials Tuesday allocated $600,000 in COVID-19 relief funding for a program that would allow hoteliers in good standing to recover a portion of the taxes they pay to the city.

Hotels can apply to recover up to 50% of transient occupancy tax paid to the city for the fourth quarter, from October to December. Grants will range from $5,000 to $100,000.

Supporters of the hotel grant program called it a “jump-start” to aid the hospitality industry in its recovery efforts.

“These proposals are incredibly generous, and it means a lot

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8 New Hotels In Asia To Check Out When Borders Reopen

a body of water with a city in the background

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2020 was not great for travel, but 2021 may provide an uptick with several new hotels about to open in Asia. People worldwide largely stayed at home throughout the whole of last year. But now with travel bubbles and borders beginning to open, there is hope on the horizon. Frankly, we are glad that despite the bleak outlook of last year, hospitality brands carried on with their expansion plans. And once more, Asia continues to be a main focal point with international chains setting up properties across the region. If you need an excuse to start

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Everything You Need to Know Before Traveling to Mexico During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Editor’s note: Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure.

While the idea of jetting off to Mexico for a week has even the best of us dreaming of our next getaway, there a few things to be aware of while planning a trip while the country is still grappling with COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned Americans against traveling to Mexico last month and the State Department has classified the country

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