The days are hot, and summer is bearing down, but the visitors we are used to seeing are far fewer. Most are from Massachusetts and the surrounding area and hotel occupancy continues to be at 50% or lower. The pandemic consequences continue as we all accept that it is not going to end soon. Our only alternative is to continue realizing ‘it is what it is’ and figure how best to cope and survive during this historic journey.
One way is to stay in touch virtually. Many of us have become experts at Zoom and others have learned to use it under duress. Regardless, it is a way to communicate and actually see each other so I consider it a blessing. It is a far cry better than a phone conference even though we do have to comb our hair and look presentable.
A great piece of news is that we will soon welcome the ship
back to Plymouth. Expect a huge bump in visitation once the ship is in the harbor. She is tentatively scheduled to arrive August 10, weather permitting. Keep track of her journey
Here at See Plymouth, we are still following COVID protocol both in the office as well as at the Visitor Centers. Staff is staggering days so there is only one person in a room at a time. Otherwise, they are working from home.
I have spent a great deal of my time working with the RTCs in pushing legislation through to help tourism. The Governor has signed off on allowing us to end matching funds for our coop advertising for the year 2020/2021. That means we will continue to place destination ads that bring visitors here without having to get all of you to match those funds. It is a win-win for all of us, in that we will be able to continue promoting the area. I will keep you posted as each of the amendments we are supporting come up for votes.
On to our articles of interest…