• Michigan local sports tourism gets affected from the pandemic

    Published on : Thursday, February 25, 2021

    The local sports tourism industry in Michigan was affected badly in 2020 due to the corona virus pandemic, making it the state’s worst financial year.

    “A typical year, around 50 million (dollars),” said Mike Guswiler from the West Michigan Sports Commission.

    Last year, around $13 million was generated due to events being canceled in the wake of COVID-19. The commission usually puts on 90 events per year, which were cut in half last year. Even though summer baseball and softball tournaments had good turnouts last summer, they weren’t big winners.

    Guswiler said, “The different ratio of travel teams versus local teams was much higher for local. So, you don’t have as much spending (or) new dollars coming in.”

    The commission’s signature event, the Meijer State Games, was also affected from the pandemic.

    “Some events were able to happen and socially distance, some we had to cancel,” Guswiler said. “We went virtual.”

    However, high school winter sports is back in action and restaurants are operating at 25% capacity; hence, the commission is optimistic that it’s a sign of a prosperous year ahead for the sports tourism industry.

    Guswiler said, “The lodging tax, that’s how we get a prominent amount of our funding. If we don’t have people staying in our hotels, our funding goes down.”

    One of the biggest events scheduled for this year is the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships in late May.

    “That’ll bring almost 2,000 athletes to town,” Guswiler said. “That’s a big one.”

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  • With lesser foreign tourists, Morocco relies on local tourism

    Published on : Saturday, February 20, 2021

    The closure of the borders, more than a year ago due to the pandemic, has blocked foreign tourists who visited regularly, getting lured by the beauty of Morocco’s snow-capped Atlas Mountains.

    Moulay Abdellah Lahrizi, owner of the Auberge des Jardins d’Azrou, has lost 70% of his clientele.

    “We hope to be able to see foreign tourism in the country as soon as possible because that’s what really saves the situation because it’s tourism that runs all year round and runs every day. And then we, as guides, as lodge owners, we receive tourists like those every day. Other than that, local tourism is really a good thing, it has saved our work, but it’s not sufficient,” said Moulay Abdellah.

    Even though foreign tourists have significantly declined over the past few months, local tourism seems to have stayed positive.

    Youssef Mouhyi, director of the “Maison de la cédraie” said, “This region has been more or less saved by local tourism because we are in a fairly open region, we are in the ecotourism sector, so thank God, there is traffic, there are people coming, visiting the region. We are also mainly helped by Ifrane, a region in great demand where there are demand and many visits.”

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  • Made In Canada Gifts 2020: 50+ Gifts From Local Makers

    Because nothing says holiday spirit like supporting Canadian brands

    If there’s something the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us over the past eight months (aside from the necessity of wearing a mask), it’s the importance of local businesses. With many people making the decision during the pandemic to purchase from those within their own communities, there was a renewed awareness of just how great and talented our country is (obvi!). From sweatsuits (a WFH must) and pottery to beauty products, there’s really no reason to look outside of our borders when it comes to filling our lives and homes with cute goodies. And we want that appreciation for local makers to continue into the holiday season—and forever, TBH.

    Read this next: 57 Holiday Gifts That You Can Feel Good About Buying

    In time for the holidays, we’ve rounded up gift picks from some of our favourite Canadian makers across the country. From a scrumptious bar of soap straight from the Yukon, to essential leakproof underwear that’ll get you through this holiday season (and every menstrual cycle thereafter), to a chapeaux from a Montreal-based millinery that would make Lady Gaga scream with envy, we have the best of the best in Canadiana.

    And we promise, there’s not an overused plaid in sight.