COVID-19 UPDATE

March 12, 2020

See Plymouth continues to work to gather all pertinent information related to the coronavirus situation ( see: Johns Hopkins map) and how it is impacting the tourism industry. Governor Baker yesterday declared a State of Emergency to bolster the Commonwealth’s response to this crisis. We are asking our hotel partners to report on lost room revenue experienced, and we would appreciate knowing if any of our partners have meeting cancellations in your businesses that you could report. It should come as no surprise that the numbers in tourism cancellations around the country are staggering. RevPAR projections for the United States in 2020 were already flat prior to the coronavirus outbreak, and now Destinations International has projected RevPAR to decrease by 11.6% in 2020.

We are in close communication with the town of Plymouth as it relates to COVID-19 and how our 2020 events may be affected. We continue to work with the U.S. Travel Association, Tourism Economics, and the CDC to develop educational campaigns and up-to-date messaging for the tourism industry here and throughout the county.

Several of our partners have created dedicated webpages to educate and update their various audiences. The town of Plymouth has a regularly updated page related to coronavirus, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has created a landing page to share information and best practices. 

See Plymouth will do whatever promotion possible to help mitigate the effect of lost business this month and beyond. If you are running any special deals please send them to Claire MacPherson and we will promote on our website and through social channels and dedicated campaigns.

U.S. TRAVEL ASSOCIATION TOOLKIT
Please review the U.S. Travel emergency response toolkit that includes:

INSURANCE POLICIES
While we hope that the coronavirus situation is contained in short order, we would encourage all See Plymouth members to review insurance policies and be prepared for lost business and cancellations.

Lea Filson Executive Director, See Plymouth
lea.filson@seeplymouth.com – Direct Line: 508-927-6603 – seeplymouth.com 
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