July 29, 2020
COVID Update #24
Lea Filson, Executive Director, See Plymouth
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 Mayflower 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 .

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…
Zagat ‘Future of
Dining’ Article
Do you agree with Zagat’s observations? What will dining be like in Plymouth?
May Reopening Push May Have Caused
COVID Outbreaks
This is not good news for restaurants but, remember, this is a snapshot of time for this week only. We have seen so much change that perhaps this trend will change as well.
Ellisville Harbor State Park Named One of 15
Under-appreciated
State Parks in MA
A Future Trend?
Bike Sharing by Google
I have mentioned we will concentrate a great deal on ‘earned media’ for the next few years. That means we’ll be pitching journalists for stories on a level we have not in the past. Here is a graph that shows why sending press releases is important. This was answered by travel journalists nationwide. Cision 2020 Earned Media Survey
As always, here is the latest update from U.S. Travel Association:
This is really interesting…

The Spring the Earth Stood Still

You may want to sit still for this. More than 600 seismometers around the world recorded half as many human-generated vibrations from March to May, suggesting lockdowns have given Earth a historic break from its raucous occupants, according to an international team of 76 scientists. Normally, things like stomping music fans, freight trains and drilling miners cause measurable ground movement, but the pandemic has created “the longest and most coherent global seismic noise reduction in recorded history,” according to Thursday’s article in Science. While cities quieted the most, vibrations also dropped in areas as remote as Namibia’s wilderness.
Last, a few non-COVID related reads that will interest you...

From Morning Brew: How valuable is your data?
Should you be paid for it?
Read these articles to learn more about this fascinating subject.
Last week, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang came on the Business Casual podcast to chat with Kinsey about his Data Dividend Project , which wants to help you get paid when companies use and profit off your data. Will a data dividend actually help...or leave surveillance capitalism unchecked? 

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