April 15, 2020
COVID-19 - Industry Update 12
Greetings to Travel Partners,
With extended Stay-at-Home orders in place for New Hanover County, we remain hopeful that these extra precautionary efforts will hasten the time when it’s safe to travel again. Until then, the Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau continues to share the latest updates, resources and research.
On April 13,
New Hanover County Commissioners
extended Stay at Home orders through 5pm on April 29. Some modifications were made to restrictions, including the opening of boat ramps, marinas, tennis & pickleball courts. Other enhancements for retail have also been made. Details:
On April 7,
the New Hanover County ABC Board
issued a policy change for New Hanover County Permittees in response to Governor Cooper’s declared state of emergency due to the COVID-19 health issue and ABC Compliance Guidelines for Executive Order 118. This policy change allows the return of products by Mixed Beverage permittees based on certain criteria and policies:
Reminder of application deadline this week:
Re-3 Grant Program
(available for businesses in Downtown, Castle Street, Soda Pop, Cargo & South Front districts) application deadline is 4pm, Friday April 17, 2020:
New Travel Research
Below are updates from state and county officials, followed by CVB updates and helpful links.
State of North Carolina Updates:
New Hanover County Updates:
Wilmington and Beaches CVB Update:
- Developing a virtual National Travel & Tourism Day observance via social media and community/partner outreach based on this year’s U.S. Travel Association theme, “Spirit of Travel,” that celebrates our loyal visitors and valued hospitality employees.
Ways You Can Assist the CVB
- Inform CVB of closings, re-openings, occupancy levels and meeting/event cancelations
- Respond to CVB surveys (answers are confidential; we report total percentages, trends)
- Continue to share upcoming virtual events, activities and tours for content consideration. Send details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilmington and Beaches COVID-19 Resource Pages:
ADDITIONAL COVID-19 RESOURCES
Below, please find some additional COVID-19 resources. To see previously listed resources, please refer to past Industry Updates or you can access a complete list via the Partner Extranet.
LOCAL, STATE & FEDERAL ASSISTANCE:
SHARE Cape Fear
is a community engagement resource that offers simple ways for neighbors, nonprofits and businesses to come together and strengthen our local community. The website is designed to make it easy for people to find local nonprofits and engage with them in various ways (donations, volunteering, purchasing needed items from nonprofit wish lists):
National Restaurant Association Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
TRAVEL INDUSTRY UPDATES & RESOURCES
Thank you for keeping the CVB informed. Your feedback is very important and helps us to respond to industry needs and concerns as the situation evolves.
Be well, keep safe and stay tuned
Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau
505 Nutt Street, Unit A
Wilmington, NC 28401
(P)(910) 341.4030 x120