BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – When the virus shuttered many Vermont storefronts and activities, Vermonters stepped up to find creative ways to provide their services, while doing it safely.
This time, it brings a new app to your app store, but only for a limited time!
While a US Passport isn’t going to do you much good with travel restrictions at the moment, soon there will be a virtual passport, perfect for exploring the Green Mountain State.
“It’s a digital passport, so the goal is for people to download our game. They can go to every attraction and scan their QR code and they get points for every attraction they visit. And we’ll have a big prize package for people who win the most points throughout the game,” says Kristin Bogovich of the Vermont Attractions Association.
The Vermont Attractions Association launches their digital Passport App on Monday, October 12th, thanks to $10,000 in microgrants from Restart Vermont.
The goal is to bring more foot traffic to our state’s unique attractions.
“You know, the attraction industry was really really hard hit. It goes hand in hand with the tourism industry. We all lost visitors from all over, we lost them all throughout the summer, the pandemic has hit us for the entirety of our seasons. So our goal is to get people to every corner of the state to experience all of these attractions and to just enjoy places maybe they didn’t know about,” says Bogovich.
Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock is one of more than 50 attractions on the passport, like maple houses, the ECHO Leahy Center, and the Spirit of Ethan Allen.
“I think it’s a wonderful program that offers visitors the opportunity to engage with Vermont’s spectacular array of attractions and we’re pleased to be among them,” says David Simmons, executive director of Billings Farm and Museum.
Established in 1871, Billings Farm is open year round, and represents the history of farming in Vermont.
Usually, this operational dairy farm brings in around 60,000 visitors a year, with many on tour buses.
This year, they’re at about 50 percent of that.
“But what’s rewarding is that we’ve been able to provide a wonderful experience for those who have come, with a very strict set of safety protocols both for our guests and for our staff,” says Simmons.
Simmons says they’ve taken physical distancing very seriously and are excited to welcome guests using the passport, which is good until November.
“One of the things that we offer is a largely outdoor experience. Our sense is that Vermonters and others who have spent time with us this year have been hungry for a chance to get out of the house with the family in a safe environment and enjoy some of the best that Vermont has to offer,” he says.
To do it, scan this QR code starting October 12th.