Come Back to Cumberland Valley
At the heart of Cumberland Valley’s charming downtowns are local businesses that contribute to the unique character and economic livelihood of our community. These restaurants, shops, and attractions help to make our region a wonderful place to live, work, and play.
In the past, tourism and visitor spending played vital roles in supporting these local businesses. Unfortunately, visitation decreased substantially in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Mobility Market Outlook on COVID-19, the global revenue for the travel and tourism industry will be an estimated $396.37 billion in 2020, a decrease of around 42.1% from the previous year.
In addition, a recent article on Travel Pulse said that new data suggests that 40% of all jobs lost since February 2020 have been in the leisure and hospitality industry. A recent Department of Labor report indicates that another 61,000 jobs were lost in the leisure and hospitality sector in January 2021, making it the second month in a row of job loss for this industry despite overall gains in U.S. employment.
These statistics demonstrate that many local businesses were disproportionately hard hit by the pandemic. They rely more than ever on neighbors to keep them financially afloat.
Come Back to Cumberland Valley shares some information about the importance and impact of these locations on the local economy; offers ways that residents can support these businesses and their employees; provides suggestions for new locations you may not have previously explored, and offers community resources for local businesses.
How You Can Help
Look for more information coming soon on how to support other local Cumberland Valley businesses.