Keep It Local: Supporting Our Hospitality Industry

As a destination marketing organization, finding silver linings comes naturally for a tourism director. Of all the challenges COVID-19 has caused, a very clear positive I’ve witnessed is Hendersonians coming together, as we always do, to support our friends and neighbors however we can. Our community’s renewed focus on supporting our local businesses, the mom-and-pop shops that regularly sponsor our little league teams, donate to our silent auctions, and write checks to our charities without hesitation, has been nothing short of inspiring. In turn, our local folks have proven to be nimble in tough times, totally reimagining the customer experience given new guidelines.

It’s no secret that the hospitality industry has been hit especially hard over the past few months. Hotels were one of the first to experience challenges and will likely be one of the last industries to recover. Visitors have essentially disappeared from our community. As businesses have closed and events have been canceled, those out-of-town guests that help support our local economy have, like many of us, canceled travel plans to stay healthy at home.

As Hendersonians, we’re proud of our river town retreat, as we should be. We’re our own best ambassadors, always recommending our favorite local shops and restaurants that make us, well, us. As we continue the momentum of supporting local, I urge you to keep our local hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other accommodations top of mind when your business associates begin traveling again, your family or friends are planning a visit, or you’re planning a summer stay-cation yourself. From modern hotel rooms with a number of amenities, to charming bed and breakfasts, to rustic and romantic cabins, our local hoteliers are going to great lengths to ensure the safety of their staff and guests. They’re the smiling frontline faces who welcome our visitors with open arms, going above and beyond to ensure our visitors receive top-notch service and enjoy their time in Henderson. Now, more than ever, they need us. Let’s continue to keep it local when recommending or choosing local accommodations. For a complete listing of Henderson County accommodations, visit our “Stay” page.

Abby Dixon
Executive Director
Henderson Tourist Commission