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Hospitality consulting provides guidance to hospitality businesses in times of growth, when sales and customer satisfaction need a boost, and during times of change. In BC (and the rest of the world), we’re standing knee deep in change. The COVID-19 pandemic hit the hospitality sector hard, forcing many businesses to temporarily close, lay off employees, pivot to safe (and often less lucrative) service offerings, and find ways to stay afloat during restrictions from BC’s Office of the Provincial Health Officer. According to Stats Canada, the Canadian tourism sector shrank by about 50% in 2020. As reported in this CBC News online article, food and beverage services, and accommodations businesses within the tourism sector, lost the most jobs, declining by 32.3% and 35.2% respectively.
It’s been a tough year (and counting), but in BC, our collective behaviour and vaccines have resulted in a downward trend in COVID-19 infection and hospitalization. We’re getting there! The BC Restart Plan has begun, and now is the time for businesses to start their own restart planning. A hospitality consultant can make reopening much easier, lightening your load and ensuring that your business follows the rules and remains compliant.
BC’s Restart Plan – Hope for Hospitality Businesses
BC is nearing the end of Phase 1 of the BC Restart Plan with Phase 2 set to begin as early as June 15/21 (depending on infection and hospitalization rates). To move to Phase 2, at least 65% of the population 18 years of age or older must have had their first COVID-19 vaccination, and case counts, and hospitalizations must be declining. So far, it looks like we’re on track for the earliest possible Phase 2 start. Fingers (and toes) crossed!
In Phase 2, recreational travel will be allowed in BC and transit and BC Ferries can increase services as needed. In Phase 3 (beginning as early as July 1/21) Canada-wide travel will restart, limits on indoor dining and liquor service restrictions will be lifted, and bingo halls, casinos, and nightclubs can begin operating again with some limits on capacity.
In Phase 4 (beginning as early as September 7/21), we get pretty much back to normal. Masks in public indoor settings will be optional, organized gatherings such as concerts may increase capacity, all workplaces will fully reopen, and indoor and outdoor spectator sports will begin again.
What Kinds of Businesses Do Hospitality Consultants Help?
Hospitality business consultants often work for the following:
- Sports venues
- Tourist destinations and attractions
As we know, many of these hospitality service businesses rely on tourism to attract customers.
Let Thrive Liquor & Cannabis Advisors Make Your Restart Easy!
Although we have “liquor” and “cannabis” in our business name, your hospitality business doesn’t have to sell either to benefit from our hospitality consulting services. While we work with many alcohol and food service businesses in the tourism sector, we are also compliance and licensing experts. Whether your business requires restart compliance oversight and guidance; or municipal, provincial, or federal licensing consulting and application assistance, we are here to help! We love the busy work and red tape that most business typically dislike, or don’t have the time or expertise to undertake. Get in touch today!