March 16, 2020
The Wheeling-Ohio County Convention and Visitors Bureau is dedicated to providing visitors with up to date information about our area as the status of the COVID-19 evolves. We will be updating our Facebook page, Twitter (@WheelingVisitor) and Instagram (@WheelingVisitor) with changes to events, hours of operations for businesses and restaurants. Many restaurants are taking the precautions to enhance social distancing and offering curb side carry out as well as delivery. Please see below some tips and facts as you plan your next trip to our area.
A message from the West Virginia Office of Tourism and the Wheeling/Ohio County Convention and Visitors Bureau
A NOTE FROM THE COMMISSIONER
Good morning industry partners,
As West Virginia continues to monitor the status of COVID-19, Governor Justice has emphasized to me that state government will provide every possible support for our tourism industry during this unusually challenging time. With that in mind, I wanted to share some of the latest updates on the situation:
- The governor and his administration are committed to keeping COVID-19 as their top priority and will update the public accordingly.
- With support from the U.S. Travel Association and the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Congress is considering several actions to provide COVID-19 relief, including paid sick leave, enhanced unemployment insurance, food security, medical testing and treatment and more for our industry.
- As you know, most tourist trips to and within West Virginia are taken by car. The Tourism Office is shifting all current advertising and promotional dollars to drive markets. We anticipate that many tourists will continue to travel within the United States while observing appropriate health precautions, that many of them will choose to travel by car, and that many will prefer rural and outdoor destinations to large urban areas. We will adjust our messaging and budgets accordingly.
- We are developing new content geared toward spring vacations and low-crowd activities.
- At this time, all West Virginia tourism destinations remain open for business while observing appropriate health precautions, and our marketing will communicate that message.
- Our tourism partners are encouraged to implement additional sanitation measures and communicate with the public to let them know what measures you are taking to reduce risks of transmission at your place of business.
- When the threat dissipates, we expect that pent-up demand will fuel a rebound in travel and tourism. The Tourism Office is developing a marketing plan to deploy at the appropriate time to capture that rebound market for West Virginia.
- Please make sure you keep up to date with information being released by the CDC and the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources. Please remain informed and follow best practices to keep you, your workplace and your families safe. Please direct all health-related questions to the state hotline: 800-877-4304.
Governor Justice and our team remain staunchly committed to West Virginia tourism and are here to help in these difficult circumstances. Our industry has been through difficult circumstances in the past. We always bounce back. This will be no exception.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 304-558-2200 or email me at Chelsea.A.Ruby@wv.gov.
The Wheeling/Ohio County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Special thanks to
Nick Breedlove, CDME, CHIA, TMP
Jackson County, North Carolina TDA Executive Director
|The Wheeling/Ohio County Convention and Visitor is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it relates to West Virginia and Ohio County. Our top priority is the safety, health, and wellbeing of our community, its residents, and visitors. This is a rapidly evolving situation that changes by the hour and there is a lot of uncertainty. We are providing you resources below for your business and employees; Please forward to any colleagues in the industry that you feel would benefit from this information.
Our team is in regular contact with the State Tourism Office (www.visitwv.com) and on weekly calls with Destinations International and the U.S. Travel Association to stay informed on the latest updates as it relates to travel.
The most up-to-date information for Ohio County is located at the http://www.ohiocountyhealth.com/ here.
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MASS GATHERINGS, COMMUNITY, AND SOCIAL EVENTS
Frank O’Brien, CDME
Wheeling/Ohio County CVB