The journey trade remains to be reeling from the results of the COVID-19 pandemic as tens of millions of individuals have misplaced their travel-related jobs. Now, Congress is debating a invoice that would supply hundreds of {dollars} in journey tax credit to households.

“This could be used for airfare, for hotel stays, for meals and attractions within a certain distance away from home, let’s say.” says Tori Emerson Barnes with the U.S. Travel Association.

Modeled after the homebuyer tax credit score that was created within the recession of 2008, Barnes says, if handed, this monetary incentive could be essential towards placing the journey trade and the tens of millions of individuals it employs again to work.

“Post 9/11, it took about 18 months for the travel industry to come back. From an economic standpoint, this is nine times worse than 9/11, so really what we have to do is get people moving again to get the economy back,” says Barnes.

The journey tax credit score would pay again households 50% of their journey bills as much as $4,000. The refund could be for journey bills made between the time of the invoice’s enactment and the tip of 2021.

“We know that we need to get people traveling again in a health and safe way so we think that establishing an individual travel tax credit that can help motivate folks and push them a little bit into the market will go a long way. We’ve been working with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and administration,” says Barnes.

Chris Gahl of Visit Indy says the journey tax credit score could be enormous for companies in Indianapolis.

“The tourism eco-system is made up of lots of different businesses. Most consumers would think of hotels, airlines, museums, restaurants and bars. But there are also companies that clean linens for the hotels, flower companies,” says Gahl.

As for relieving vacationers considerations amid COVID-19, Gahl says, “From Indiana’s perspective, from the capital of Indianapolis, we have taken great strides in putting people first and foremost and the health of our residents and subsequently our visitors.”

“We all believe that there needs to be appropriate sanitation, there needs to be appropriate barriers in place and we support the use of masks. You know, we think a phased and layered approach is critical to the health and safety of the American public but we don’t think you have to pick between the public health or the economic health of the country,” says Barnes.

In the Indianapolis space, Visit Indy says greater than 83,000 individuals depend on tourism for his or her jobs.

“This goes well beyond the glossiness of hotels and restaurants and wanting a getaway. There’s real people, real Americans who are working and depending on tourism for a paycheck,” says Gahl.

The US Travel Association hopes Congress votes on the invoice by early August.