Vermont's Hospitality Community Comes Together
Earlier this month, we thought this blog would focus on spring skiing, mountain lodges, maple sugaring, and historic inns. Obviously, this is no longer the case. Instead, the last few weeks have been the most challenging the travel sector has faced in our lifetime. Maybe ever.
But while the COVID-19 pandemic has cut right to the very heart of our industry, we proud of the response we've seen from our membership. Faced with travel bans, shelter-in-place orders, and gut-wrenching decisions about business and staffing, Vermont’s lodging sector stepped up to support its community. They have offered space for emergency shelters and hospitals, donated now unnecessary cleaning supplies, and offered up dormant F&B facilities. All of this in the face of their own uncertain futures.
If there was ever a question about how our industry is connected to the community, it has been answered in this crisis. And while the travel sector has been on the economic front lines of this collapse, we believe it will be at the forefront of recovery as well. It is not the time to meet in Vermont, or anywhere for that matter. But that time will come. And when it does, the Vermont Convention Bureau will be here to help. Until then, stay safe and stay strong and please reach out if we can be of assistance.