Message from the Visit Chichester Chairman, Francis Hobbs
As an industry, we are facing unprecedented times. Many things are looking uncertain and the challenges that lie ahead may well be some of the most difficult we have faced in a generation. Priorities must be to ensure families, friends, colleagues and teams are as safe as possible. I am afraid many questions may remain unanswered for some time yet whilst we all come to terms with the real impact of Covid-19 on all our businesses.
While times are indeed looking difficult, it’s important now, more than ever, that we pull together and make use of shared resource, opportunities and messaging. As your local Destination Management Organisation, we would like to reassure you that we are here should any of you need any support, help, suggestions or advice. While it’s looking unlikely that many events will be happening in our region in the near future, we still have a wealth of reasons to visit when the time is indeed right. Even now, some of our attractions such as the Weald & Downland Living Museum offer a safe outdoor haven for those seeking solace whilst at a safe distance from others. I remain optimistic we will all manage to find positives as we readjust to our current situation and I’ve already heard several ideas about how businesses can come up with some innovative ideas for the future. Above all we must be ready to catch the moment when things get better.
We are closely following guidance issued by the government, Chichester District Council and Visit Britain and working with other partners such as Experience West Sussex to ensure we are all sending out the same message. While business as usual is slightly unusual at the moment, we are working hard behind the scenes to ensure we are doing what is right for you, and the industry as a whole. Question marks may hover over some of our upcoming projects, such as our much-anticipated English Tourism Week campaign and Networking Nights, but we can reassure you they will not be cancelled, merely delayed if needs be.
We are always on hand if you need anything so please don’t hesitate to contact the team – even if it’s just with an idea of how we can work together. If you don’t already do so, I would highly recommend signing up to Visit Britain’s e-news updates via their website to keep on top of advice being issued. Equally, by signing up to our closed Facebook group, you can keep in touch with other local businesses, ask advice and share ideas during this time when face to face meetings aren’t possible. To do so, search ‘Chichester Area Tourism Portal’ within Facebook. You will need to request to join by answering a couple of questions and our team will approve your request as soon as possible.
I wish you, your families, friends and colleagues all well during these challenging times and hope to speak under more positive circumstances soon.
We’d like to echo Francis’ comments and reassure you that during these difficult times, the Visit Chichester team are all here to support you in any way we can. If you need us to spread the message about any cancelled events, attractions that are closed or equally remain open, do let us know.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch at any point.
The Visit Chichester team
Louise – [email protected]
Helen – [email protected]
Hermione – [email protected]
Richard – [email protected]
Francis – [email protected]
Team phone – 01243 950412