Think local urges Gloucestershire tourism body
By Rob Freeman | 28th September 2020
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is not the only one with a plan for the winter - the body behind tourism in Gloucestershire has their own for the months ahead.
And they have a clear message with coronavirus restrictions limiting travel options - think local.
Steve Gardner-Collins, who chairs the Visit Gloucestershire Partnership, said tourism and hospitality businesses need customers to consider staying close to home.
He said: "The Winter Economy Plan was a welcome update on top of the COVID announcements from the Prime Minister.
"There have been lots of changes for the foreseeable future and hospitality and tourism businesses across the county have been busy adopting all of the new measures to ensure staff, visitors and customers feel as safe as possible, but at the same time, in an atmosphere and environment that allows them to have an enjoyable experience.
"Naturally we all want to protect one another from coronavirus. Tourism businesses can carry on trading, you can still book a staycation, you can still book tickets into attractions online and you can still book tables at restaurants, bars and pubs."
Latest restrictions mean pubs and restaurants need to close at 10pm each night with compulsory table service, adding to concerns many venues may struggle to survive after being closed during the initial months of lockdown.
But Mr Gardner-Collins, who is sales director of The Hatton Collection of hotels, believes local loyalty can make all the difference over the coming months.
"With all the COVID-secure measures, a shift in trading hours, trace and track in place, risk assessments updated and hospitality colleagues wearing PPE, we need customers to support Gloucestershire hospitality businesses and venture out, think local staycation, think local restaurant and think local bar or pub," he said.
"At the same time, as we think local, we want those considering a staycation this autumn and winter in the UK to Think Gloucestershire.
"Visit Gloucestershire has outlined its autumn and winter staycation campaign to promote Gloucestershire."
He continued: "We know we can't do it alone and we need the support of the county to promote all of the wonderful experiences on offer.
"Gloucestershire has a wonderful mix of cultural, heritage, natural, wellness, food and drink experiences and plenty to offer throughout the county to entertain visitors and residents alike."
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