To provide members with consistent and updated information during this unprecedented time, Visit Santa Barbara has put together the following COVID-19 resources. For any further questions or assistance, please contact [email protected].
Dine, Sip and Support Local: A comprehensive list of Santa Barbara restaurants, coffee shops, wineries and breweries offering delivery and curbside pick-up services during social distancing.
Shop Santa Barbara Online: Special deals and discounts for your browsing and purchasing pleasure.
Social Distance-Friendly Activities: We’ve compiled a list of ways to keep you entertained from the comfort and safety of your own home, Santa Barbara style.
Virtual Tours of Santa Barbara: Five digital escapes to transport you virtually around The American Riviera®.
VISIT SANTA BARBARA EMAIL UPDATES
Weekly Update #1 – March 4, 2020
Weekly Update #2 – March 11, 2020
Weekly Update #3 – March 12, 2020
Weekly Update #4 – March 18, 2020
Weekly Update #5 – March 25, 2020
Weekly Update #6 – April 1, 2020
Weekly Update #7 – April 8, 2020
Weekly Update #8 – April 15, 2020
Weekly Update #9 – April 22, 2020
Weekly Update #10 – April 30, 2020
Weekly Update #11 – May 6, 2020
Weekly Update #12 – May 13, 2020
CARES ACT RESOURCES
Below are trusted resources with important details about loans and grants that may be available to your tourism business:
U.S. Travel: https://www.ustravel.org/toolkit/covid-19-cares-act-relief-resources
Google My Business Essentials During COVID-19 Webinar
An informative webinar presented by Visit Santa Barbara and Miles Partnership highlighting best practices and free resources available through Google My Business. During this webinar, you will receive instructions for updating your hours, menus, and making posts on Google, as well as setting your business up for success during recovery.
Link to the recorded webinar
Link to the webinar one-sheet
Travel Sentiment and the Santa Barbara Community Webinar
Join us for a discussion of the most recent travel sentiment insights, as presented by the report’s author, Destination Analysts, Inc. You will gain a deeper understanding of travelers’ current feelings regarding the virus as well as their economic concerns. Travelers’ behavior is also measured, offering insights into when businesses may expect demand to return.
Link to the recorded webinar
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
While consumers are spending more time on social media than ever before, it’s important to understand the different types of content they are seeking. Join Sparkloft Media for an informative webinar into social media sentiment toward COVID-19, as well as feelings toward travel and what these insights can mean for marketers. Takeaways include 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.
Link to the recorded webinar here
Link to the complete presentation deck here
Guidance for Re-Opening Your Hotel in a Post COVID-19 World, by CHLA
Join the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CHLA) and VSB 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. The 45-minute webinar will provide an overview of potential safety and cleanliness protocols to consider, as well as issues hotels may encounter with serving their guests and protecting their employees. Lynn Mohrfeld, President & CEO of CHLA, will provide an overview of resources available to the hotel industry and answer your COVID-19 questions.
Visit California Stakeholder Update
Join us for a timely update from Visit California’s President & CEO, Caroline Beteta, as she discusses the organization’s plan for recovery marketing. This Zoom meeting is open to all hospitality businesses and industry partners across Santa Barbara County.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. PDT
Click Here to Register
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
- Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s regularly updated COVID-19 page
- Visit Santa Barbara’s regularly updated COVID-19 travel advisory
- Talking Points for Front Line Employees
- Visit California’s Social Media Toolkit
- American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Coronavirus Resource Page
- Sparkloft Media Sentiment Reporting
- State of the Tourism Industry presentation to UCSB Economic Panel
- Resources for Employers During Covid-19 Situation
- Destination Analysts Sentiment Reporting
- Wave 1 – Week of March 16, 2020
- Wave 2 – Week of March 23, 2020
- Wave 3 – Week of March 30, 2020
- Wave 4 – Week of April 6, 2020
- Wave 5 – Week of April 13, 2020
- Wave 6 – Week of April 20, 2020
- Wave 7 – Week of April 27, 2020
- Wave 8 – Week of May 4, 2020
- Wave 9 – Week of May 11, 2020
- Wave 10 – Week of May 18, 2020