SAN JOSE – Business leaders began a search on Thursday to recoup the huge amount of travel and leisure business that San Jose lost due to coronavirus-related economic downturns.

“San Jose is open for business,” said Derrick Sever, chief executive of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce.

However, the path to return to San Jose is only going to be difficult and difficult, as the recreation, hospitality and travel sector in the region has declined since the coronavirus.

On the one hand, San Jose lags far behind national trends in the recovery of business and leisure travel in South Bay.

Across the country, projected revenue from business travel in 2022 is expected to decline by 23.1% from 2019, the last full year before the onset of the coronavirus and the imposition of large-scale government shutdowns to combat the deadly error, according to a study by Kalibri Labs, issued by the American Hotel and Accommodation Association.

San Jose, in stark contrast, is expected to experience a 51.8% drop in business travel revenue in 2022 compared to 2019. San Francisco is even worse, with a projected decline in business travel revenue of 68 , 8%.

Revenues from leisure travel across the country in 2022 are expected to be only 0.7% below the 2019 level.

San Jose’s revenue from leisure travel in 2022 is expected to decline by 16% in 2022 compared to 2019. San Francisco is expected to experience a 42% decline in leisure travel this year compared to 2019 year, said the hotel association.

That decline means lost money and lost jobs, said Chip Rodgers, chief executive of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

“We’re here to encourage people to return to the trip,” Rodgers said.

The reduction in revenue from business and leisure travel is equivalent to $ 744 million in lost revenue projected for 2022, compared to the total before COVID for 2019.

“We need a consistent message from our city and health leaders that we are open to business,” Seaver said.

Executives cited the opening of the Signia by Hilton, formerly Fairmont San Jose, as an indication of a boom in Silicon Valley’s business and tourism sectors.

“Discovering Signia is a significant move,” Seaver said. “Hilton sees something in San Jose. Not just for leisure, but for business. ”

Another encouraging benchmark: congresses have begun to return to downtown San Jose, according to Team San Jose, the city’s main convention bureau and visitor office.

Upcoming conventions include three in May: SID Display Week, Sign Group and Display; CLEO, organization for laser science and photooptics; and Famine Con, a cosplay and anime convention.

In August, downtown San Jose will host Silicon’s meeting with Adam Savage, a big comic book meeting.

“San Jose is preparing to see a leap in leisure travel as summer approaches,” said Laura Khmelevski, vice president of the San Jose team. “We are optimistic to see the return of major meetings and conferences in the city, which are a major economic driver.

San Jose launches tourism comeback after COVID travel collapse

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