All members of Executive Travel’s staff will return to work full-time on April 15, due to funding from the Paycheck Protection Program.

“This program is a lifeline for our team that allows us to get back on our feet and start building for the future,” Executive Travel chairman Steve Glenn said in a statement.

Lincoln, Neb.-based Executive Travel, like many other companies, has addressed the slowdown in travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic with furloughs, pay cuts and shortened work weeks.

The Paycheck Protection Program was one facet of the $2 trillion Cares Act. It was designed to help small businesses keep employees on the payroll.

Glenn thanked the Trump administration; Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), who helped Executive Travel get answers about the Paycheck Protection Program from the Small Business Administration; and Union Bank, which processed its application and forwarded the funding in seven days.

“We are not out of the woods yet,” Glenn said. “The travel industry and our airline, hotel and car rental partners will continue to suffer until the monster virus is contained and the traveling public returns to the friendly skies. 

“Even with the new funding, our business has dramatically changed from 90 days ago,” he continued. “Executive Travel has decided to turn this lemon into lemonade and will use this time and resources to expedite training our staff to be the best service providers in the industry so when we come out of this economic trauma, we can accelerate into the future.”

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