GANYC is working to help its members improvise and think of new ways to reach the masses while things remain under lockdown. Many members have created ways to provide virtual tours and lectures, and unique online ways to stay in touch with their clients and supporters. We are doing the same in regards to our monthly meetings. Like many, we have become Zoom aficianados in the last 2 weeks. We held our April 1 meeting via this platform and video is below.
The meeting was hosted by GANYC President Emma Guest-Consales, with assists from Vice-Presidents Michael Morgenthal and Bob Gelber, as well as Secretary John Semlak. Our guest speakers were:
- Kate Post, President-Owner, & Gail Bloom, Senior Client Service Manager, Forrest Solutions: Forrest Solutions is the the nation’s first and leading onsite outsourcing and staffing firm. Kate and Gail will discuss how guides can look for alternative income streams, how they can update their resumes, and what types of jobs might become available, and when they will become available.
- Bill Caldwell, CEO & CPA, Caldwell CPAs: Bill Caldwell, who conducted a very well-received PDP for GANYC in January about taxes and tour guiding, will return to address the tax implications of the COVID-19 virus, including the tax implications of some of the government assistance programs that have been adopted.
- Von Harden, Founder, and Karen Yates, Community Coordinator, IATDG. Von and Karen will address overall trends related to COVID-19 as seen by tour operators, and what tour guides and directors can do during the crisis to work on their skills.
Additionally, VP Michael Morgenthal previewed GANYC's new Tour Your Own City initiative/website, which will launch later this Spring. This project will help members digitally launch back into touring, going after an initial market of local explorers from the tri-state area. More details will come later this month.
Thanks to all who virtually attended! Our May 6 membership meeting will also be held via Zoom.