Petersburg business leaders discuss tourism trade
More than ten business leaders in the Petersburg tourism industry met Monday to discuss how the season fared this year and what could be done better in the future.
Although the general consensus was that last summer was a success, there are some kinks to work out.
Sally Dwyer, Chamber of Commerce director, said one of the complaints she heard from tourists was the lack of public phones in town.
“There are no public phones in town,” Dwyer said. “We were letting them use our cell phones.”
Public phones were taken down due to vandalism and lack of use. Dwyer said she’d like to use the transient room tax, a tax that provides funding for tourism related projects, to install and maintain public phones in the airport and the harbor office.
Marilyn Meucci with the Visitor’s Center said she heard complaints about the lack of scheduled tours—specifically in regards to the petroglyphs and fish traps listed in the Petersburg Visitor’s Guide.
“My thought was that we need to work together more on that and hopefully have guided walks from the forest service and one walk a week with the archeologist or someone we could train to do a scheduled walk based on the tides,” Meucci said.
Dave Berg, Viking Travel owner, said he would look into coordinating tours with his business.
There was unanimous agreement that additional literature in the visitor guide needed to be added concerning the tides and how it affects access to the region’s recreation resources.
“People are blown away by the tides,” Dwyer said. “They have no idea that they’re fifteen to twenty feet. They think it’s like a lake that never really changes.”
The group also discussed the need for increased communication between businesses in order to provide tourists better access.
Where are Petersburg’s tourists coming from?
(Numbers reflect visitors who signed
the visitor’s center guest log.)
From what states
The peak month for tourists in Petersburg last summer was in July with 908 visitors.
From October 2012 through September 2013 the visitor’s center logged 3866 tourists in town.