Tourism Richmond is committed to providing our stakeholders reliable, accurate and timely information relating to the ever-changing novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in our community. We are working closely with our tourism counterparts in Metro Vancouver and at every level of government. We would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on the work we’re doing on your behalf.


TOURISM RESILIENCY PROGRAM LAUNCHES

VANCOUVER COAST & MOUNTAINS LAUNCHES TOURISM RESILIENCY PROGRAM

Tourism businesses in the Vancouver region (including Richmond) can access one-on-one support through the VCM Tourism Resiliency Program. Find out more about the program and register today.

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GOOD NEWS STORIES

YUU JAPANESE TAPAS OFFERS SPECIAL MENU FOR COMMUNITY HEROES

Yuu Japanese Tapas is offering a Community Heroes Menu exclusively for community essential service workers, including health care workers, first responders, truck drivers and grocery store workers. The menu includes a $10 Entree + Drink Set.

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HELIJET OFFERS FREE FLIGHTS FOR BC HEALTHCARE WORKERS

As a way of saying thank you to the province's health care responders, Helijet is offering free flights between Vancouver and its terminals in Victoria and Nanaimo for those who are traveling on business.

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METRO VANCOUVER TASK FORCE UPDATE

NANCY SMALL ON CBC'S ON THE COAST

Task Force co-chair and spokesperson Nancy Small was on CBC's On the Coast on Wednesday, May 6, along with two others panelists. The panelists were invited to discuss the Premier's address to the province about the phased reopening plans for BC. 

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DESTINATION BRITISH COLUMBIA UPDATE

THE ROAD TO RECOVERY: SUPPORTING BC'S TOURISM INDUSTRY

Destination BC has launched a six-part webinar series to help tourism businesses navigate the new normal. Each webinar will take tourism businesses through 'checkpoints' to collectively consider and work on as we move towards recovery in the travel and tourism sector. Find out more about each webinar, and register for them at the link below.

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WEEKLY MESSAGING GUIDE UPDATE

Destination BC's guidance continues to support Health Authorities in 'flattening the curve' by encouraging British Columbians to minimize non-essential travel, and respect phsyical distancing when outside their local community.

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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA UPDATE

WAGE SUBSIDY EXTENDED PAST JUNE

On Friday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program (CEWS), implemented to incentivize employers to keep staff on payroll, is being extended past June 6. More information and full details are expected to be released next week. 

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GOVERNMENT OF BC UPDATE

COVID-19 GUIDANCE TO HOTEL SECTOR

The BC Provincial Government has put together a guidance document for BC operators of hotels, motels, hostels, inns and other forms of accommodations on how to prevent the transmission of the virus. 

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