By Matt Wakefield
It seems like an obvious idea, but it’s one that is poised to make a big difference for visitors to Tacoma: When the weather is nice and visitors want to spend their time seeing the city, bring the information to where they’re already gathering. Starting this week and continuing until Labor Day, Travel Tacoma + Pierce County will be doing just that by launching Team Ask253, a street team of visitor information experts who will greet visitors at tourist hotspots around the city, including the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Tacoma’s Museum District near the Museum of Glass, Ruston Way and the Broadway Farmers Market.
Team Ask253 members will each be equipped with printed brochures as well as an iPad loaded with maps and information that can help visitors plan a memorable trip. The team also has a Polaroid-style camera that they can use to take an in-the-moment snapshot to give the visitor as a keepsake of their visit to Tacoma. Travel Tacoma says the goal is to connect them with the local experiences that are right for them, but that they may not have heard of.
“We have a well-equipped Visitor Information Center at the convention center in Tacoma, but when visitors are here, we’re much more likely to find them sightseeing in the sun,” said Lisa Barker, Travel Tacoma + Pierce County Visitor Experience Manager. “So we’re meeting them where they are and taking that experience to them.”
When they’re not out and about, the visitor information team at Travel Tacoma is available through email at email@example.com; by phone at 1-800-272-2662 and in person at 1516 Commerce St. in downtown Tacoma at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.
This week marking National Travel and Tourism Week, Travel Tacoma decided it would be an ideal time to launch a new program that will also draw attention to the impact of tourism on Pierce County. Last year, the county welcomed 5.9 million visitors, and brought in $1.01 billion in visitor spending, setting the record for the most visitor spending in a year. The tourism industry also created 11,080 local jobs.Print This Post