Head of Providence Tourism on “Unprecedented” Impact of Coronavirus on Industry
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, appeared on GoLocal LIVE where she spoke to what she said has been the “devastating” impact of coronavirus on the tourism industry in Rhode Island.
"For my industry, which includes hotels, attractions, arts organizations, restaurants, this has been catastrophic," said Adamo. "We halted immediately and we don’t know where we’re going from here."
"When something happens like a 9/11, you can predict how people are going to get back to normal. A natural disaster happens, and maybe in only certain parts of the country and so people are sympathetic and start booking there as soon as they are open. Economic recessions, you can counter market and say, we’re low-cost, here’s some packages," said Adamo. "This is virtually unprecedented."GET THE LATEST BREAKING NEWS HERE -- SIGN UP FOR GOLOCAL FREE DAILY EBLAST
"In just meetings and convention alone, we’ve lost, and we’re only talking about April and the first two weeks of March, probably about $10 million in direct spending, and we’re furiously busy moving about $8 million in postponed events — but will we be on Memorial Day?" she added.
"It really is chaotic and devastating time."
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Kristen Adamo, the President and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, appeared on GoLocal LIVE where she spoke to what she said has been the “devastating” impact of coronavirus on the tourism industry in Rhode Island.
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