The pandemic-strapped hotel industry is on the brink of national collapse with Maine standing to lose two-thirds of hotels and direct lodging jobs if Congress doesn’t approve more aid soon, according to a survey released Tuesday by a national hotel association.

The state already had 4,498 fewer direct jobs in the hotel industry from the beginning of the pandemic until September due to the coronavirus and a total of 9,810 jobs supported by the hotel industry, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association. It also predicted that 260 of Maine’s 531 hotels could go into foreclosure. The association surveyed 1,000 hotel owners, operators and employees in mid-September.

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