Saturday, June 20, 2009

Cultural Heritage Tourism

Our Dutchess County towns are all richly endowed with historical sites, though perhaps not all are widely known. Many of these sites do not have facilities for regular public visitation. To whatever extent practical we should seek out imaginative ways to share these places with local residents and tourists alike. Tourism helps local businesses survive and grow by stimulating spending. This applies to all businesses, not just those directly involved with tourism. Building a historical theme park or opening a new museum are not the only ways to attract tourism dollars. Historic homes tours, history kiosks at nature preserves, a taste of ___ , theater productions and festivals are all ways to bring visitors into your area and interest them in your shops and eateries. Think outside the box...let your imagination run free.

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