COVID-19: MEMBER RESOURCES & UPDATES

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Experience Olympia & Beyond continues to monitor the quickly developing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

SAFE TRAVEL

Safe and healthy travel of our visitors is our highest priority. Travelers to Thurston County – and all destinations – should continue to observe the health recommendations of national and local public health officials.

TRAVEL COMES BACK

Travel is an extraordinarily resilient industry with a history of rebounding following significant public health and economic challenges. Experience Olympia & Beyond’s strategic sales and marketing efforts are focused on the rapid recovery of our tourism industry and economy.

BUSINESS IMPACT & RESOURCES

We understand that local businesses and employees will experience a catastrophic economic and personal impact from the Coronavirus. Our team is currently focused on assessment, response and communication. Together with local leadership organizations and Washington Tourism Alliance, we are tracking the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry. This data will help inform resource-allocation decisions in this time of crisis.

We are also focused on directing small businesses to the information and resources needed to survive this difficult season.

  • The Thurston Regional Economic Recovery Task Force is developing and coordinating a multi-faceted response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and its specific impacts to and throughout our broader Thurston County Community. Head to ThurstonStrong.org for resources and information for workers and employers in Thurston County.

 

 

 

 

IMPACT ON THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY

The Visitor & Convention Bureau is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry locally, regionally and nationally. The outbreak of COVID-19 is already having a significant impact on the economy and the travel industry. As more information comes through, we will continue to release more information and resources.

The Washington Tourism Alliance posted an updated Travel Advisory to the Washington State visitor-facing tourism website. Click here

Watch the STR webinar Impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the U.S. hotel industry: click here