A few suggestions that I think would be wonderful for tourists. Have a bagpiper walking down Main Street because it would get them out of their car to take photos. Once out of the car they would be more apt to go into the stores. Also I believe if all stores had tables out front it would visually draw the tourists inside. Seafeast is a prime example.
It is such a short tourist season and I feel that for the couple of months, if businesses were open when the tourists get off the boat at 8 a.m. they may not just drive through town but stop. A great way to make the tourists feel welcome and show we are glad to see them. Bravo to the businesses making that effort. Even if the stores find that they are not that busy at that time in the morning, it still looks better as first impressions are so important when entering a town. It will be a bit easier for me when I find some extra help.
The staff of stores should be aware of the different events going on and things to do in our area. This makes them great ambassadors for our town. ‘Who serves early morning breakfasts?’ is a question I get constantly in my downtown gallery/studio. I also have some Doers & Dreamers Nova Scotia Travel Guide books too. The tourist are overjoyed to be offered one.
A great idea is to have a give away. I run a contest during the summer for visitors that come into my store. Bill Paulick and John Doucet won a limited edition print of one my paintings (their choice) another print will be drawn later.
If the stores had flower boxes outside their stores (similar to Sandy’s Gifts) it would make so much difference. That splash of color would make the town look beautiful.
I am so happy to see banners placed overhead in the town about different events that are going on. Excellent way of marketing and long overdue.
I also would like to see an RCMP do a walk about at least once a day through the town. It would give both the tourists and local people, especially the elderly, a safe feeling and it also makes for good PR.
A note of appreciation to all the people that has been helping me while I have been set up downtown in my art gallery. Awesome people and friends have come to visit me. Special thanks Russell Allen the bylaw enforcement officer/special constable who has gone out of his way to be helpful.
Tourists remark how friendly people are and that cars actually stop at the crosswalks. We are all ambassadors for our town wherever we go.
Ann Marie Clow,