The City of Markham has created Destination Markham Corporation to take the lead on promoting Markham as a preferred place to live, visit, work and do business. The key is to identify and leverage city strengths and points of distinction, and to inspire active participation and engagement from residents, visitors, workforce and business.
Destination Markham is working together with local businesses to encourage and persuade residents to explore and safely support our local community.
Hotels, restaurants, retailers, and the local tourism sector has had to adjust and adapt their operations to align with new provincial government policies and procedures as we all continue to battle COVID-19.
Hotels continue to adapt to these unprecedented times. During the first wave of the pandemic, hotels began tightening their cleaning protocols and heightening safety and hygiene standards.
All major brands released guidance for their properties, laying out new cleaning protocols and brand standards to keep guests and staff safe.
New staycations were launched, not just for out of towners and visitors, but for Markham residents looking for a little bit of unfamiliarity to add to their everyday. Hotels have also started offering up guest rooms as office replacements, giving alternatives to those seeking a private place to work. From Marriott’s Work Anywhere Stay & Day Passes, to WorkSpaces by Hilton, “Work from Home” has made room for “Work from Hotel.”
Restaurants have had to pivot and adapt, changing the way they operate. From reorganizing dining layouts to ensure adequate social distancing, to re-imagining signature menus for take-out friendly options. Outdoor space was creatively introduced, new heated patios rolled out where possible, giving consumers continued opportunities to enjoy take-out and dine-in options.
Retail has been hard hit, but resilient, local businesses have navigated through COVID-19 through the strong support of their loyal client base, dedicated employees, and the supportive community. Brick and mortar traditional stores introduced online platforms, and small businesses started enhancing their social media presence and discoverability, connecting with shoppers virtually.
The Destination Markham team is ecstatic to see the magnitude of support residents continue to provide local businesses by remaining regular and loyal customers.
There are many ways we can continue to show support, including:
shopping in-store or ordering online from local businesses; order take-out or delivery from local restaurants; enjoying staycations or work from hotel experiences; share and promote our local businesses on social media and to your bubble; purchase gift cards from local businesses to use at a later date; and support local attractions, while staying safe.
Markham’s hotels, restaurants, retail and tourism sector continue to be the foundation of Markham’s economy. As the virus continues to evolve, the team at Destination Markham will continue to remain committed to supporting our businesses, inspiring our residents, and doing what they can to keep #MarkhamSafe.
We as a community have been significantly impacted by the pandemic, but our businesses have adapted and pivoted during these unprecedented times, and we wanted to applaud their strength and resilience.
Photo: Patisserie Fleur offers a variety of pastry treats to lift your spirits this holiday season.
Story written by Kayla van Zon