Information & Idea Sharing
Facebook is a great resource for Virginia’s tourism industry partners. In particular, Facebook groups allow for sharing of information and to have real-time conversations with peers. Below are two Facebook Groups for you to join. These are closed Facebook Groups so you will need to request access to the Groups. Most will require answering a few questions to validate your participation.
Virginia is for Lovers: Industry Group
This group is open to all travel, tourism and hospitality professionals in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VTC Destination Development Specialists will be adding information to this page, and posing questions to spark discussions. This group is NOT consumer-facing, please do not post promotional content in this group.
Tourism Industry COVID-19 Resource Group
With members from across the US, this group provides an opportunity to share best practices, be a sounding board for ideas, serve as a safe place to ask questions, and other activities to help the tourism industry.
Below are four key resource websites that can be of assistance. Check these sites regularly for updates as information changes daily.
VTC Coronavirus Business Assistance Resources
Visit this page often as the information is updated constantly. Here you will find information relating to the CARES Act, General Business Assistance, and assistance resources to specific industry sectors such as Arts Organizations; Destination Marketing Organizations, Lodging, Restaurants, etc. If you have a resource that you would like to share on this page, please email the information to Angela Wiggins.
Destination International’s mission is to help destinations excel. That is particularly important today. DI has COVID-19 information on research, webinars, and other resources to help Destination Marketing Organizations.
Southeast Tourism Society is dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the Southeast by uniting all segments of the Travel and Tourism Industry and promotes tourism within their member states, fostering cooperation, sharing resources and providing continuing education.
USTA has tremendous resources relating to COVID-19, including CARES Act information specific to the tourism industry. Check this page often for updates on legislation, research, messaging, and workforce issues.
Virginia Restaurant Lodging and Travel Association
VRLTA is the voice of the Virginia tourism industry. Check out their website for information on COVID-19, legislation, workforce, and resources for Virginia restaurants, lodging, and attractions.