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June 3, 2020

Governor Abbott Announces Phase III To Open Texas

"Governor Greg Abbott today announced the third phase of the State of Texas’ plan to safely open the economy while containing the spread of COVID-19."


April 28, 2020

Resource Library has been updated with Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas Report


April 27, 2020

Meeting Recording of Deferral of Forgiving of Hotel Taxes: What Authority and Options Exist for Texas Cities and CVBs


April 16, 2020

Please join us for a very important webinar presented in partnership with Texas Hotel & Lodging Association.

Deferral or Forgiving of Hotel Taxes:
What Authority and Options Exist for Texas Cities and CVBs

April 24, 2020
1 PM

THLA President & CEO, Scott Joslove, will cover topics such as:

  • Can cities legally provide hotels with a payment plan for hotel taxes that waives penalties and interest charges?
  • Why are hotels asking for payment plans for periods of time in which there are such small collections?
  • If a hotel tax payment plan is provided, how can the city ensure that the taxes will ultimately be paid?
  • Must all local hotel taxes be paid within the current city fiscal year?
    Can a city forgive or abate the amount of already collected or future hotel tax that a hotel must remit to the city?
  • What are the powers of a city under Local Government Code Chapter 380 economic development laws to provide grants and loans that could be used toward payment of hotel taxes or other expenses of hoteliers?
  • What are the powers of a city to use sales tax for economic development to assist commercial businesses impacted by COVID?
  • What are the powers of a city to apply for state or federal funds to assist commercial businesses impacted by COVID?
  • What strategies can CVBs use to ensure that any hotel tax deferrals or grant programs do not have an unreasonable impact on the ability of a CVB/DMO to continue its vital operations?
  • Ability of cities or private utilities to lower utility rates or provide payment plans to promote economic recovery?
  • Ability of cities to lower the property tax liability for just hotels (e.g.; 60 percent reduction)?
  • What other property tax options exist for impacted businesses?
    • Delay of property tax payments?
    • Exemption of portion of property valuation due to disaster impact.
    • Installment payments for property tax after a disaster declaration.
    • Delay of property tax delinquency date by the Texas Governor
  •  Ability of government to impose a moratorium on hotel development for a period of time into the future?

Click Here to Register for the Webinar


April 6, 2020

Thank you for attending last Friday's presentation, Small Destination Organization COVID-19 Planning with Julie Hart of CFO by design. If you missed it or would like to listen again please find the links to the webinar recording as well as the slide deck below.

We would like to thank Destinations International as well as Julie Hart and the CFO by design team for the partnership in providing you this helpful information.

Webinar Recording
Slide Deck
Q & A from the webinar

March 25, 2020

Members and Partners,

To say that last week was unprecedented and how we have all been overwhelmed with COVID-19 news and updates is an understatement. We see its staggering and swift changes and how it is affecting each of your communities and businesses individually. We appreciate your patience, amid the pandemonium, while our organization goes through a staff transition. 

We are thankful for our board chair, Mark Thompson of Visit Plano, who has maintained communication with the membership via email. Also, thank you to all the members who have utilized the Think Tank group on Facebook as a tool to stay connected and share information.

Starting today TACVB's website will be updated with information, tools, and upcoming webinars to help our membership navigate through these challenging times. Should you have any information that you would like to share with the membership please email it to

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this virus to date as well as with each and every one of you. We are definitely stronger together so please keep the faith. Texas Tourism is strong and resilient. We WILL come back even stronger because we have the hardest working tourism professionals. We are Texas Travel Strong!

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Governor Abbott Requests Emergency Designation For Small Business Disaster Loans From U.S. Small Business Administration

Governor Abbott Declares State of Disaster in Texas Due To COVID-19

General COVID-19 information from CDC

CDC Guidelines for Mass Gatherings & Meetings

World Health Organization (WHO)

Texas Health & Human Services

Destinations International’s Crisis Handbook

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