Tourism staff mobilize for restaurants – The Royal Gazette
Created: Aug 05, 2020 19:05
A fundraising campaign led by Bermuda Visitor Service Centers has helped a community effort to support restaurant workers hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Buy with a Goal campaign began on May 20 in the run up to Bermuda Day and continued through June 30.
Residents should show their pride by purchasing official Bermuda merchandise at the centers, operated by the Bermuda Tourism Authority.
For every sale, 25% went to ‘Serving the Servers’ – a relief project set up by Thomas Olunloyo, Managing Director of Legal & General Reinsurance, assisted by the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce, to support restaurant staff, with $ 750 collected.
Karla Lacey, director of operations at BTA, said the project demonstrates the ability of the Visitor Service Center team to “pivot in the face of unforeseen circumstances, while expanding their delivery of quality customer service to support their customers. industry colleagues â.
BTA’s contribution brings the total amount of funds raised to date for Serving the Servers to $ 23,500.
Some $ 18,200 in grocery coupons has already been distributed.
Mr Olunloyo said, âThe coronavirus pandemic has had a lasting impact on the hospitality industry, and we are grateful to BTA and all the people and organizations who have donated to Serving the Servers.
âWe launched this campaign at a time of great need for Bermuda’s restaurant workers and our final distribution will take place this week. Now that Bermuda has reopened, we hope you continue to support local restaurants. “
Top-selling BVSC products included personalized Bermuda S’well bottles, Bermuda beach towels, and children’s ‘Ace Girl’ and ‘Ace Boy’ T-shirts.
Staff at the Visitor Service Center organized orders for sidewalk pickup the next day at the Front Street location in central Hamilton, and delivery for bulk orders.
Jakai Franks, BVSC Director of Operations, thanked all supporters of the initiative, adding, âYour generosity has enabled us to make this donation to catering workers in need.
The Hamilton location reopened when commercial flights to the island resumed on July 1.
Its current hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. For now, the island’s other two visitor service centers, in St George’s and Dockyard, will only open for specific events.
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Bermuda Visitor Service Center Operations Manager Jakai Franks, left, presents a donation to Bermuda Chamber of Commerce’s Tanya Cropley-Minors to help local restaurant workers (Photo provided)