The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) led a coalition of business groups and their communities to drive support to the industry, for SB 8, the federal pandemic relief bill that included $180 million for local hospitality and tourism businesses.
"I am so proud that the Texas Restaurant Association led this initiative, which would not have succeeded without the powerful voices of restaurants and many other hospitality and tourism businesses from across the state," said Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D., President & CEO of the TRA. "This grant program cannot reverse all of the damage that the industry has suffered during the pandemic, but it will be incredibly meaningful to thousands of restaurants, theaters, distilleries, and other businesses that need a jumpstart to turn the corner and rebuild. Even more than that, by dedicating $180 million to help the hospitality and tourism industry recover, our lawmakers have made an important statement, confirming our state's commitment to the local businesses that have suffered greatly over the past 18 months and yet continue to struggle because they want to continue to serve their communities. We cannot afford to lose these local businesses, and I'm proud that the investment in SB 8 will go a long way towards protecting the institutions that make Texas so special."
To add hospitality and tourism grant funding to SB 8, the TRA worked closely with the following organizations: Texas Travel Alliance, Texas Distilled Spirits Association, Theatre Owners of Mid-America, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association, Texas Campgrounds, Texas Craft Brewers Guild, NFIB, and Texas Live Events Coalition. Together, these groups represent tens of thousands of local businesses covering every aspect of the hospitality and tourism industry in Texas.