The Coronavirus & Kentucky Tourism

Federal, state and local governments’ coronavirus directives and guidance are evolving on a daily and sometimes hourly basis and the public is responding to the need for social distancing. The travel and tourism industry is simultaneously being supportive, while also being profoundly impacted. KTIA will continue to provide access to information to aid the Kentucky industry in keeping pace with developments, as well as information to aid in dealing with the impact. 
We encourage members to contact us at i[email protected] with questions, requests and suggestions. 

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 have risen to the occasion to do just that in the midst of the crisis. 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  

SBA Loan and Unemployment Benefit 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.  

Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Kentucky has qualified for SBA disaster certification. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications can be completed and filed online here. The SBA is also mobilizing call centers to assist in the loan-application process. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail [email protected]To view a copy of the SBA fact sheet, click here.

According to the Governor’s Office, small businesses, for-profit contractors and private non-profits anywhere in Kentucky that have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply for the loans. The Governor’s Office also advises that businesses should also work with their banks, credit unions and other lenders. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has encouraged financial institutions to assist and work with customers in a “prudent manner,” especially borrowers and customers from the most affected industries.

Unemployment insurance

To file for unemployment benefits click here and for an employer’s guide to unemployment insurance click here. 


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