Published on : Friday, May 29, 2020
The beaches, location, and history of Bristol Country are just a few of the reasons it rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars from tourism each year, but the travel-dependent industry has taken a beating during the time of stay-at-home advisories and many in the industry aren’t yet sure what the path forward will look like. Before COVID-19 made its appearance at the end of 2019 and ripped apart everyone’s travel plans, the South Coast was expected to have a better than average year for tourism.
This year nearby Plymouth was supposed to hold a multitude of events to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims arrival on the Mayflower.
Michele Pecoraro, executive director of Plymouth 400 Inc, told that an opening ceremony originally set for April was going to include guests from all over the world, but now they’re planning on doing a smaller scale event in November.
The summer events for Plymouth 400 have been postponed to 2021, with events scheduled for fall of this year still set to go on as planned. The summer is when Bristol County sees the “lion’s share” of its tourism dollars come in, according to Kidder, and for the entire fiscal year 2019 those tourism dollars amounted to $641 million.
Those numbers are going to look a lot different going forward. In fiscal year 2020, Kidder said there will be around a 40% drop in direct hospitality revenue. Kidder said that they are looking at $641 million in projected tourism revenue and they are looking at that a minimum of a $256 million hit. In addition to Plymouth 400, the cancelling of events in the South Coast itself like the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament in New Bedford will also impact the region.