Grapevine - Colleyville - Southlake Edition - May 2020

GRAPEVINE COLLEYVILLE SOUTHLAKE EDITION

VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3  MAY 14JUNE 10, 2020

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March 25-April 25

The city of Grapevine saw the highest number of unemployment claims between March and April during stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic as compared with Colleyville and Southlake.

Eligible claims made Not eligible claims made

Hotels & motels: 25,340

Full-service restaurants: 84,093

Department stores: 25,709

Temp. help services: 25,921

Dentist oces: 29,863

Great Wolf Lodge, located at 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, remains closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Gavin Pugh/Community Impact Newspaper)

INSIDE Businesses mixed about reopening with lifting of restrictions. See Page 18.

Grapevine hotels see furloughs as citywide unemployment claims spike

Bureau. April data was not available by this paper’s press deadline, but rev- enue was expected to remain down through April, as most businesses remained closed. The issue is compounding, indus- try experts said: As most restaurants, businesses and attractions were shut- tered through April, there were few travelers to occupy hotel rooms. CVB Executive Director Paul W. McCallum said the immediate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on hotels has

been universal.

“There was just

contraction across the board,” McCallum said, adding that when airlines limit ights and businesses are shut down, “the basic tourismmodel just ceases to exist.” McCallum painted a portrait of how the rippling eects of industry clo- sures have forced many hoteliers to furlough employees. “None of the meeting spaces are

BY GAVIN PUGH

as many Grapevine residents led for unemployment compared with neigh- boring Southlake and Colleyville. Grapevine hotels’ revenue declined by more than 60% at the close of March, according to data provided by the Grapevine Convention and Visitor

The numbers tell the story: Grape- vine hotels saw their nances take a nosedive in March as tourism and travel industries ground to a halt. Subsequent job loss data reported by the state shows that roughly four times

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