• 'Send Your Heroes' Campaign Seeks 42 Essential Workers For Free Vacations

     
    POSTED June 18, 2020
     
  • 'Send Your Heroes' Campaign Seeks 42 Essential Workers For Free Vacations

     
    POSTED June 18, 2020
     

Doctors, nurses, grocery store employees and more were essential to sustaining the continued stay-at-home orders that helped fight the spread of COVID-19. Such workers put their health at risk for the benefit of society, and Nakoma Resort and the Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce want to recognize them for their efforts through the “Send Your Heroes” campaign.   

Nakoma Resort, Lost Sierra and other businesses involved are looking for nominations of California-based workers who deserve a little R&R after working through the pandemic. The campaign will select 42 essential workers who will receive a complimentary stay with their families at Nakoma Resort, or another hotel in the Lost Sierra region. Free add-ons can include horseback riding excursions, dining, guided fishing trips, outdoor gear rentals and more.  

“Essential workers are the brave soldiers making the highest sacrifices on all our behalf and we owe them our deepest gratitude,” says Richard Aiple, Nakoma Resort's general manager. “Now it’s our turn to thank them and we look forward to providing a much-needed breath of fresh air in an area known for its stunning outdoor beauty and recreational opportunities.” 

Nominations will be accepted through July 4. Visit the campaign's website to nominate an essential worker or to read the nominations of others.  

The new reality for in-person meetings and events is coming into focus. While gatherings were cancelled or went virtual during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, states are now slowly beginning to reopen and move toward a return to in-person gatherings. Associated Luxury Hotels International, or ALHI, published safety recommendations for planners, hotels, airlines and more, as society begins to formulate safety guidelines for travel, tourism, meetings and events.  

 

The U.S. Travel Association has called the current moment the “Great Travel Depression,” in light of the economic effects resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.