The pandemic world continues as we head into the rest of fall and winter. While we continue to grapple with the complexities, the See Plymouth staff has been working on what is to come. During this time of uncertainty, what is certain is that we must keep the town and county of Plymouth top of mind as a destination for visitors. To keep us all in touch, See Plymouth will begin monthly gatherings on Zoom on the last Monday of the month beginning November 30, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. We will catch up with what members are doing and announce any new tourism information we have for you. Reminders will be coming your way.
Mark your calendar NOW and join us next week on October 30 at 8:30 a.m. for our virtual Legislative Insight on Tourism meeting. You need to register, so if you can’t find your invitation, watch for further emails inviting you. We are nearing our capacity for attendees for this important Zoom Webinar so sign up as soon as you see the notice in your email. We are being joined so far by several legislators including: Reps. Matt Muratore, Norman Orrall, Kathleen LaNatra, Paul McMurtry, Joan Meschino, Alyson Sullivan and Sen. Susan Moran, as well as MA Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Michael Kennealy and MOTT Executive Director Keiko Orrall. Plymouth Select Board Chairman Ken Tavares will also join us. There will be questions at the end of the remarks for any of your comments or concerns.
Our MA Visitor Center at Route 3, Exit 5, under Ted Curtin’s steady guidance has remained open and believe it or not, people continue to pick up flyers and information. Our hours are shorter, but the staff is regularly filling the racks, so I guess people still feel they can dream and plan for next year. Thanks to Ted, Ann Comeau and Frank Lamlein for their dedication!
Jack Girard’s report this week shows us that while we are experiencing less than half the usual number of visitors, they are still coming from more than our regional area. His report this week shows visitation from 21 different states! Thanks to Jack, Rick Keating and Alison Cappella for their dedication!
We have continued advertising in spite of the inability of most of our members to participate with coop ads. We still want our voices to be heard and seen, so while the ads are not as far reaching, the region is continuing to hear about Plymouth as a destination. Our metrics have shown that during the times we have been advertising, visitation has increased. Now with Plymouth County in the red zone, we are once again pivoting our ads to be more inspirational than a direct call to action to travel here. We will continue to be here for you and change our messaging as change is needed.
Our all-new See Plymouth app, a new benefit to members, is in beta stage and we hope to launch it in the next few months. Look for an announcement once it is live so you can test it out yourselves. Yet another new place in this digital world that our visitors can find members of See Plymouth both before and during their trips here.
While hanging pictures and moving in, we are already welcoming visitors to our new location, and they have begun taking your flyers from our racks in the lobby. Try to stop by and say hi here in the heart of the Plymouth historic district at 4 North Street. We are on the corner of Court and North Streets. In fact, very soon, we will welcome you one morning a week just to grab coffee and network. More info on that coming soon.
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