The Bendigo Tourism Board will survey its members to examine the full impact of coronavirus on the industry.
Findings from the survey will then be sent on to local, state and federal governments to encourage support where it is needed.
About 300 businesses are members of the Bendigo Tourism Board.
Board chair Finn Vedelsby said the survey would be sent out to businesses very soon.
"We are going to put together the COVID-19 Tourism Impact Survey," he said. "Stage one will be finding out how many members are affected and how it looks financially for members and the affect on businesses and the people they employ as well as suppliers reliant on a tourism industry that is now closed.
"The federal government is already putting in a massive support system for an industry that is reeling. This will provide real information for support where required.
"We will also be sharing the survey with other tourism bodies that are affected as well.. Hopefully that information can go to people who need and make the big decisions."
Mr Vedelsby said Bendigo was looked to as a leader in tourism and that it was important to hear their members' voices.
"We are a not-for-profit, member-run organisation that has got an unprecedented positive connection with local government," he said. "We also have open communication between members and the board with the city who run events and people who run tourism marketing campaigns."
"(Currently) we are focusing on what our strategic plan is and representing our members by making their voices heard.
"We are working tirelessly through this period to support our members and make Bendigo the livable city we plan it to be."
Prior to coronavirus forcing businesses closures, Mr Vedelsby said Bendigo had been steadily increasing its visitation.
"Last year we increased overnight visitors by 20 per cent and (the year) before that was 16 per cent," he said. "In the last decade, we have increased overnight visitation by over night almost 100 per cent.
"Everybody gets a little piece of this when tourists spend money in Bendigo. If a tourist spends a dollar, 70 per cent of that money stays locally. Spending money at multinational company (means) less than three per cent stays (in the region).
"So now is a time for people to support one of the many aspects that make Bendigo a beautiful place to live by going a little out the of way by trying to buy locally, whether it is having food delivered that was prepared by a local restaurant or buying wine online from a local dealer rather than a big store."
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