DE tourism program looks to boost local business

DELAWARE –

Like most areas, the Delaware tourism industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. In fact, officials tell us during the last spring season 75 percent, if not more, of the industry was unemployed.

While they don’t yet have more current numbers, the Delaware tourism office is launching a new program to try to help those in need. It’s called the “Destination Development Program.”

The program has two parts, first an incubator program with guided training from marketing experts. One tourism-related business or non-profit from each of the three counties will be chosen. Second a workshop training program where five professionals in each county will be chosen.

Tourism office director Liz Keller tells us tourism in the first state is vital for the economy. It touches a little bit of everybody, from food and beverage to museums and even sports venues.

“Tourism, like every industry, has been hit . . . Overall we hope that organizations that just want that little bit of extra help to get to their goal apply, so we an help them reach that finish line,” says Keller.

Applications for the incubator and workshop programs are available online now. Click here for more information. You have until March 15th to apply.

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