A campaign to support the Bailiwick of Guernsey's tourism industry starts today.

The 'Summer Starts Here' staycation campaign has been set up by the government to encourage locals to make use of the accommodation, hospitality services and activities the islands have to offer.

A website, called 'The Bailiwick Staycation Club', has been set up to help people find places to stay, from hotels, B&Bs, self-catering accommodation and camping sites.

People can also find more information about restaurants, activities, tours, museums and historic sites on the site.

Invitations to the 'club', and more information, will be sent out to islanders later in the month.

Guernsey's Lead for the Economic Development Committee says it understands islanders will have had holiday plans which cannot go ahead this year due to coronavirus, but is encouraging people to make plans locally.

Our local tourism sector has been hit hard by the crisis, and lost a lot of business with their customers unable to get here. But we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, somewhere hundreds of thousands come to holiday every year and this is an opportunity to make the most of what we have right on our doorstep. > There’s so much to see and do that I know often passes us by, but this summer I’m calling on Islanders to make the most of it. Our Islands can cater for any kind of break – family holidays, pampering yourself, getting back to nature, exploring our history, fish and chips on the beach or fine dining and fine hotels - there’s lots to choose from and something for everyone.

Deputy Joe Mooney, Guernsey's Tourism Lead for the Committee for Economic Development

Another of the island's politicians described the response of people in Guernsey, Alderney and Sark, to the pandemic, as "very humbling".

Beating the virus and ‘flattening the curve’ is at the heart of it, but there is much more we can and must do as a community in the spirit of ‘Guernsey Together’. Our hoteliers, restaurateurs and tour guides have had a difficult start to the year and deserve our support, and we all deserve a break too because we’ve come so far and achieved so much in these past few months. > Supporting the staycation campaign is a way we can do something both for local businesses and for ourselves. And we can do it by having a seriously good time.

Deputy Charles Parkinson, Guernsey's President of the Committee for Economic Development

Any businesses that have not already received a form to submit their information cal do so by emailing wendy.pedder@gov.gg.