Friday, July 27, 2007

What's A Tourist To Do?

Trenton used to have a Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Housed in the 18th Century Masonic Lodge at the corner of Lafayette and Willow (now Barracks) streets, it was the point of contact for anyone seeking information on Trenton activities, history or sites via the phone, Internet or even in person.

Then came the great idea.

In order to better fund the bureau, the state, county and city regrouped and hired someone to coordinate it's activities.

What was the end result?

The Convention and Visitor's Bureau Downtown office (located, by the way, just across the street from the hotel), hasn't been open on any kind of regular basis for a couple of years.

The "regional" effort appears to have failed.

Now, the Trenton Downtown Association (TDA) has shown an interest in taking it over.

This could be good. TDA is located downtown; it's focus is downtown. TDA has successfully developed and grown the "Patriot's Week" concept over the past few years.

And having a Visitor's Center that is actually open and accommodating to, um, Visitors, might be a good thing.

Ya think?

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