July 06, 2020

Rep. Mike Levin Hosts Tourism Summit to Highlight Need for Support During COVID-19

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (CA-49) hosted a virtual tourism roundtable with California’s 49th congressional district’s tourism and hospitality leaders to discuss the challenges their industry is facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The discussion centered around the impacts the coronavirus is having on local tourism, and included discussion on ways local, state, and federal governments can support the travel and hospitality industry at the federal level. Panelists featured key community leaders and stakeholders, including Tim Fennel, CEO of the Del Mar Fairgrounds; Assembly Member Tasha Boerner Horvath; Mayor Peter Weiss of Oceanside; Kerri Kapich, COO of San Diego Regional Tourism Authority; Kurt Stocks, General Manager of LEGOLAND; Erik Bruvold, President of the San Diego North Economic Development Council; and Don Kindred, Publisher, San Clemente Journal.

“North County San Diego and Southern Orange County are home to some of the most beautiful beaches, vibrant restaurant scenes, innovative breweries, renowned resorts, and overall thriving tourism businesses in the United States,” said Congressman Levin. “The COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impact on this industry is devastating for many residents in my district whose lives and livelihoods depend on it. We must work together across all levels of government to support our coastal cities and businesses in our community, and I will keep working in Congress to bring much needed resources back home.”

Congressman Levin voted in favor of ambitious COVID-19 response bills to provide much needed relief in his district, including The Heroes Act, Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act