Resources for the industry. . .
As all of us navigate this health crisis and the impact on the travel industry, Visit Buffalo Niagara is serving as a conduit for factual and up-to-date information on a statewide and national level.
Here is a list of businesses currently open, through August 6.
For our industry partners with school-aged children, John Hopkins University released a new tracker that curates the official school reopening plans for every state in the country. (July 13)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a Toolkit for Domestic Travelers on July 10, with guidance and tools to help travelers protect themselves, their families and their communities when they travel. You’ll find fact sheets, a Coronavirus self-checker, social media graphics, public service announcements and more.
One of the best resources we’ve found with useful, free information is the Travel and Tourism Research Association‘ (TTRA) website. The Association brings together university academics, professional practitioners and users of research, and they have compiled a fantastic list of resources helpful for reworking budgets, forecasting future trends in tourism and planning post COVID-19.
This pandemic may be stressful for adults and children, and the fear of what might happen can be overwhelming. Public health recommendations such as social distancing and quarantine may cause feelings of isolation and loneliness. The ability to copy with stress in a healthy way helps you, the people you love and our community grow stronger. The Erie County Department of Health has put together great resources for managing stress on their website.
- NY Forward Business Reopening Safety Plan Template. Each re-opening business must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement (or may develop its own Safety Plan). The plan does not need to be submitted but must be kept on the premise of the business and made available to the NYS Department of Health or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. Erie County entered Phase 4 of the four phases on June 30, with additional businesses to follow. Once your business has a plan in place, please sign the Buffalo Cares! Stay Safe Pledge, a campaign initiated by Visit Buffalo Niagara to restore confidence in employees and patrons that you are doing everything possible to keep people safe.
Travel in the New Normal, Industry Guidance for the Health and Safety of all Travelers. Prepared by U.S. Travel Association, based on Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and White House Guidelines: “Opening Up America Again” and in consultation with public health experts. Feel free to sign up for weekly public affairs updates from US Travel, using this link.
The State has also created a dashboard of the percentage of positive results by region, which may be found here.
Visitation continues to increase, and the pace of growth is accelerating week over week. Outdoor destinations, most especially parks are leading this increase, and visitation is within a 50 mile drive range. This report is being interpreted by Rove Marketing from Tableau Public for destinations across New York State, and reflects a representative sample of total visitations, obtained from opted-in mobile devices that record a ping within the study geography. Sample sizes greater than 30 yield a 95% level of confidence. Here is the link to the dashboard for Erie County.
Additional support from Visit Buffalo Niagara:
- Interested in knowing what’s open? Subscribe to Buffalo Niagara This Week .
- We’ve teamed up with the national organization Dining at a Distance to promote 500+ local restaurants throughout Erie County offering take out and/or delivery. Go to DiningataDistance.com/Buffalo for a complete list of participating restaurants.
- As the county begins to return to normalcy, Visit Buffalo Niagara offers a weekly update of attractions, entertainment venues and tours that are now open for business. If you are interested in receiving Buffalo Niagara This Week (or any other VBN publication), please contact Cindy Kincaide, Industry Relations Director to subscribe. Buffalo Niagara This Week comes out each Thursday.