To provide members with consistent and updated information during this difficult time, Visit Santa Barbara has put together the following COVID-19 resources. For any further questions or assistance, please contact [email protected]

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  • To update your member microsite on with current hours of operations, new reopening plans, health and safety standards, and more, please click here.
  • For instructions on how to submit virtual and in-person events to’s online Calendar of Events, please click here.
  • For instructions on how to submit Special Offers to be displayed on, please click here.
  • Outside of, don’t forget to update your Google My Business listing. For best practices, click here.

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Google My Business Essentials During COVID-19 Webinar
An informative webinar highlighting best practices and free resources available through Google My Business. Click Here

Travel Sentiment and the Santa Barbara Community Webinar
Presented by Destination Analysts, Inc., gain a deeper understanding of travelers’ current feelings regarding COVID-19 and economic concerns. This webinar will offer insights into when businesses may expect demand to return. Click Here

STR COVID-19: Hotel Industry Impact Webinars
Link to library of recorded webinars from STR 

Using Social Media to Understand the Mindset of the Crisis Consumer by Visit Santa Barbara and Sparkloft Media
An informative webinar highlighting social media sentiment toward COVID-19, best practices for using social media to stay relevant, keep audiences engaged, and most importantly, how to begin preparing now for the next phase of this crisis.
Click here for the webinar and presentation

Guidance for Re-Opening Your Hotel in a Post COVID-19 World, by CHLA
Join the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CHLA) and Visit Santa Barbara as we provide hotel owners and operators guidance on re-opening your property and what the “new normal’ might look like for the hotel industry.
Click here for the webinar.

Visit California Stakeholder Update (May 19, 2020)
Join us for a timely update from Visit California’s President & CEO, Caroline Beteta, as she discusses the organization’s plan for recovery marketing. 
Click here for the webinar. Access Password: 2r%86p=*

Business Liability, Best Practices, Safe & Smart Santa Barbara County Webinar
A webinar workshop on business liability during COVID-19, learn about the measures that businesses are undertaking to ensure a Safe & SmartSanta Barbara reopening. Trevor Large of Fauver Large Archbald & Spray LLP took businesses through some step-by-step protocols to assist with navigating customer interactions in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Workshop Speakers:
-Trevor Large, Partner at Fauver Large Archbald & Spray LLP.
-Nancy Anderson, Assistant County Executive Officer of the County of Santa Barbara
-Kathy Janega-Dykes, President/CEO of Visit Santa Barbara
Click here for the webinar.

Working with the Media by Visit Santa Barbara and Lou Hammond Group (August 18, 2020)
This webinar highlights best practices for working with media. Learn how to address common media challenges around COVID-19, key points to know when working with the press, how to prepare for an interview, and more.
Click here for the webinar and presentation.