A new campaign is getting underway to encourage continued compliance with guidelines set to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and give small businesses a fighting chance as they claw back from the pandemic.
With the closure of the US-Canada border to non-essential traffic extended another month, Western New York’s economy continues to suffer in key sectors. WBFO spoke to some local tourism and commerce representatives for their thoughts.
In Erie County alone, the tourism industry is estimated at $1.8 billion. But it has taken a big hit with the COVID pandemic. A new bill is being introduced in Albany to help the industry recover by creating a new funding source to aid related businesses.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Statewide relief could be on the way for the tourism industry hit hard from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New York’s ailing tourism and hospitality industry may benefit from proposed state legislation that would enable hotels in designated districts to collect a new bed fee for regional marketing.
“Buffalo is going to be challenged, here in WNY we are disproportionately reliant on sales tax and revenue and state aid,” Dottie Gallagher said, the CEO and president of Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership rolled out a campaign on Monday that has a simple message: All Western New Yorkers have a role to play in getting our economy back on its feet after it was staggered by Covid-19.
“COVID-19 is still a very serious threat, and the onus is on all of us to determine how fast our Western New York community recovers. We know how integral local businesses are to the economy and the fabric of our community, so each of us must do our part to not only keep local businesses open but also keep our neighbors safe and employed,” said Dottie Gallagher, president and CEO, Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “We’re thrilled to stand alongside our generous partners and business community leaders to introduce the ‘It’s our job’ initiative as a reminder to make a conscious effort to support local businesses so that we can come back quicker and stronger than ever.”
“It’s our Job” is the slogan for a new initiative fronted by Buffalo Niagara Partnership in hopes to revive the economy around Western New York.