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As Tourism Declines Due To COVID-19, Destination Ann Arbor Says Locals Can Help Boost The Economy

Nov 19, 2020

As tourism continues to decrease in Ann Arbor because of COVID-19, Destination Ann Arbor says local residents will play a bigger role in helping keep the economy moving forward.  


Since the pandemic started, the convention and visitors bureau Destination Ann Arbor says that over 100 business groups have cancelled conferences and other major events in Ann Arbor.  That’s about a $15 million loss for the economy.  However, Chad Wiebesick, Vice-President of Marketing and Communications for Destination Ann Arbor, says residents can help offset that financial loss.


Chad Wiebesick: We are encouraging people to have staycations and, when the time is right for you, to get out and get some fresh air, enjoy some outdoor recreation, enjoy some dining or some shopping.  Be a visitor in your own town.

Wiebesick says local museums are also offering virtual activities as they remain closed due to the pandemic.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu