A short-term enhancement to the existing Grow The (360) program started by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) at the beginning of the pandemic, Visit Vancouver USA, the Ed & Dollie Lynch Foundation and ilani have partnered to offer $50,000 in the form of ‘buy one, get one free’ gift certificates that buyers can use at local participating businesses. The special “Recover the Couve” deal began on May 3, 2021, and lasts until Aug. 31, 2021, or until the funds have been used up.
“When the travel industry started taking huge hits last year, our organization really pivoted our mission to helping local small businesses survive,” said Cliff Myers, CEO and president of Visit Vancouver USA. “Our unique restaurants, retailers, breweries and wineries, and coffee shops are what make our community stand out, which is essential in bringing visitors back to the Couve.”
“This partnership is exactly what the community needs,” said John McDonagh, CEO and president of the GVCC. “Our businesses need everyone who can to shop with them, so they can rebuild. This also creates a healthy business community to attract and serve the visitors Visit Vancouver USA will be recruiting when travelers are comfortable visiting again.”
To date – since opening the BOGO certificates the morning of May 3 – McDonagh said they have sold, and matched, $20,000 of certificates, so there is already $40,000 in circulation and they are being…