The Coronavirus & Kentucky Tourism

Kentucky’s travel and tourism industry has been profoundly impacted by COVID-19. Federal, state and local government directives, guidances and programs continue to evolve as does the crisis itself. KTIA’s efforts also continue – engaging in advocacy in support of the industry, to providing information and advice and charting a course toward recovery. We encourage members to contact us at [email protected] with questions, requests and suggestions. 

SBA Loan Information

As we continue to keep KTIA members apprised coronavirus crisis developments and resources, please see the following information regarding SBA loans and unemployment benefits.  


PPP application forms have been posted here. Below are links to additional PPP resource information.


COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (


For specific questions, contact:

For more information and updates, visit:

Unemployment Insurance

To file for unemployment benefits click here. 

RAFT: Recovery Actions for Tourism

Along with advocacy, information and advice, a third pillar of the association’s crisis response has been to chart a course for the industry’s recovery. The result of that effort, one that will be ongoing, is RAFT: Recovery Actions for Tourism. Click below for more information.

Other Resources


Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services
Louisville Metro Government 
Lexington Metro Government 
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
U.S. Travel
CARES Act - U.S. Travel
Destinations International
American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)
Events Industry Council
National Restaurant Association
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions
Small Business Administration
U.S. Chamber of Commerce


World Health Organization
U.S. Department of State

CVB COVID-19 Partner Assistance Initiatives

As their community’s destination organization, convention & visitors bureaus are in a unique position to assist their tourism partners and the entire community. Many took on that challenge early in the crisis and continue to do so. Those efforts are occurring as the CVBs, themselves, are dealing with the disruption of their employees, operations and revenue. Below are responses received from a KTIA survey of CVB members designed to capture and share the assistance they are providing.

CVB Partner Assistance Initiatives