How To Support Tourism In the Wake of COVID-19 – By Holly Quinlan
As the official destination marketing organization for Cobb County, Cobb Travel & Tourism works every day to bring visitors to our community. Tourism impacts Cobb in ways that are undeniable, and as the leading industry in Cobb County, tourism has significant economic impact. But in the wake of COVID-19, the hospitality and tourism industry in Cobb and across the world has felt the detrimental impact of the global pandemic.
As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times and work towards recovery, supporting the hospitality and tourism industry plays a critical role.
Although things are not “business as usual”, there are still ways to support the hospitality and tourism industry from the comfort of home, outdoors, or in small groups. We encourage you to back Cobb’s local tourism in all of the following ways:
Order Delivery, Get It To-Go, or Dine-In
Local, chef-driven restaurants have been some of the hardest hit in the wake of COVID-19. While many restaurants are beginning to reopen with social distancing guidelines, most restaurants are still offering customers the option to grab their food to-go or get it delivered. Several restaurants are offering family-sized meals, picnic-style meals, and special deals for customers that choose to dine with them in any way
From performances and tours to galleries and classes hosted by local non-profit arts and heritage organizations, there are endless ways to experience Cobb’s attractions from the comfort of home. Arts and culture organizations from around the county have found ways to bring their unique offerings directly to residents and visitors. Whether you’re a dancer, painter, singer, or theater buff, there’s a virtual experience that’s waiting for you.
Explore the Outdoors
Cobb County is home to many parks, trails, and outdoor recreation areas. Walking, hiking, and biking are great ways to get out of the house and make use of Cobb’s trail systems. Parks are perfect for picnics, giving your dog a new place to run around, or letting the kids toss a ball around in a different place.
Supporting from a distance can be just as impactful as supporting in person! Gift cards to restaurants and local shops are a great way to support small businesses now while still being able to use them later. Buy a membership or renew an expiring membership to your favorite museums, and visit when you feel comfortable. Make your reservations now for fun-filled attractions and experience the fun at a later time.
Cobb Travel & Tourism continues to actively monitor the ongoing news surrounding COVID-19. The safety and health of visitors, hospitality partners, and residents is a top priority. For the most up-to-date information on restaurant and attraction openings, be sure to reach out to the businesses directly. For more ideas of things to do while social distancing, visit travelcobb.org/blog.