Charged with promoting tourism in your area? You must know right from the start that it is a challenging job, but it does not come without rewards. The first thing you must remember is that this is not about you, but about the community you share with others.
Here is some advice that might help you accomplish your tasks more quickly and easily.
Practice what you preach
You may not be an effective tourism officer for your community if you are seldom around, or if you are always posting your trips on social media. Visit local attractions more frequently, support local businesses, and be an advocate on social media.
Something as simple as tweeting about the delicious food in a local restaurant can go a long way in inviting others to try it too and at the same time promoting the local restaurant.
Make it easy for others to appreciate your area
If your community still does not have an online presence, you are missing a lot. You need to make it easier for people to find your area and appreciate what it has to offer. Build a beautiful website that provides interactivity.
To be even more productive, create a destination marketing app, one of the services offered by Visit Widget, which shows some of your area’s history, interesting places to see, a local business directory along with reviews and integration with maps, etc. Make it available on the App Store and the Play Store.
Work with your local government in improving safety in your area. Tourists appreciate security just as much as anything wherever they go, and perhaps more. They want to feel safe and relaxed. It also helps to improve your area’s facilities for persons with disabilities and the elderly.
Keep it clean
Cleanliness is another huge concern. Work with the local community leaders, groups, and government to make sure the area is clean and orderly. Tourists do not just bring dollars to an area; they also increase the area’s trash, so the more you should be vigilant about cleaning up.
Tourism is important for any area that has anything at all to offer visitors. It is one of the most dynamic jobs too. Heed this advice and watch how your tourism improves.