Tourism Richmond’s Nancy Small says ordering take-out or delivery supports local restaurants.
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Tourism looks forward to better days
Published 3:18 PDT, Fri April 3, 2020
Tourism Richmond CEO Nancy Small said this week the industry has been hard hit.
“These are unprecedented times across all industries. As you can imagine, right now things are basically at a standstill. With YVR at low capacity, our hotels and restaurants are also at very low capacity. We are working to support stakeholders and businesses as best we can,” Small said.
Three local hotels have closed because of the pandemic: River Rock, Marriott and Hilton.
“That’s almost 1,000 hotel rooms of the 5,000 we have in Richmond,” Small said.
The hotel association is estimating two thirds of the hotels in the province will be closed for months, she added.
As hotels are closing, some are being redeployed for emergency workers so there are good opportunities for some properties to redeploy as a way to keep operating.
Small said these are challenging times across the hospitality industry, including for restaurants.
The public is encouraged to order take-out or delivery from those places still working to keep their staff employed. Tourism Richmond has started a campaign to promote those eateries at https://bit.ly/3dZTW5Y
Restaurants have been informed of the special safety procedures to follow to keep workers and customers safe.
Small says Tourism Richmond is “looking forward to recovery. We are planning how to move forward and get back to where we were.”
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