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Tourism analysis to understand local impact of pandemic

By Hannah Scott (Local Journalism Initiative reporter) and Lorraine Graves

Published 12:31 PDT, Tue May 5, 2020

Last Updated: 2:59 PDT, Mon May 25, 2020

Tourism Richmond is looking internally to measure the effects of COVID-19.

To best advocate for its members, CEO Nancy Small says Tourism Richmond needs data on who has applied for governmental relief programs.

"We are trying to understand the uptake of federal and provincial programs," Small said at yesterday’s Richmond COVID-19 Community Task Force meeting.

As the province begins to talk about gradually easing restrictions, Small said some large hotels, like Marriott and Fairmont, will have their own strict guidelines for new models of operation. She added there will be a new way of doing business in the next phase of COVID-19 restrictions, but that it is important to set guidelines within the sector so people feel comfortable moving around more than they currently are.

In collaboration with the city and chamber, Tourism Richmond will launch a new “We are Richmond BC” portal next week. The portal will promote activities that can be done from home, as well as help businesses that offer food or other goods for take out.

For more information on Tourism Richmond, visit their website.

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