Small Town Visitor Centers: As Valuable as your Website

by Joanne Steele on September 13, 2010

Last year at this time I posted an article on visitor centers that some of you might have missed.

Effective Visitor Centers: Providing a Small Town Welcome that Increases Business

Visitor Centers are more valuable than ever to small communities, and with the recession, the question is being asked, “Do we fund our visitor center, or do we have a website?”

As you’ll read in the post on effective visitor centers, I strongly feel that both are necessary for effective rural area tourism marketing for small towns. Until more  small town tourism businesses become tech savvy, responsibility for a small town’s web presence rests with the Chamber of Commerce.

The best way to orient new visitors and give them much needed information to keep them in town longer is to have a central information location – your small town visitor center.

It’s all in this post Effective Visitor Centers: Providing a Small Town Welcome that Increases Business

Read, enjoy and let me know how you’re balancing the need for both an effective web presence and friendly locals giving personalized information at your visitor center.

1 Mimi Lamp September 16, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I read several of your posts and felt that they were very valuable. You are right on with your observations and I am going to make this required reading for our Chamber board. Thank you again, Mimi Lamp

2 Joanne Steele September 18, 2010 at 9:16 am

Thanks Mimi! Please keep us posted on Idyllwild Chamber activities. Learning from your successes can help readers all over the country and world. I’ll keep passing on what I’m learning and hope you’ll tell us more about what’s working in your area.

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