The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses view tourism as an integral part of the city’s economy.
Frank Besse, Urban Core Director of Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, described tourism as follows: “Important Sector” of the Jamestown economy. He explained that tourism is included as part of the city’s second urban design plan because of its important role in the downtown community.
“I think, depending on how you look at it, these tourism dollars may not go downtown. important for tourists, but also very important for tourists.” Besse said.
According to Besse, it is important for tourists to “Different experiences”. As an example, Besse said tourists in Chautauqua County can enjoy both “Great downtown experience” Experiences such as boating and hiking in nature.He believes that a variety of tourism opportunities throughout the county make Chautauqua County “Great place” for people to visit.
Besse explained that tourism is part of it “Broader local economy” Attractions, entities and organizations that have existed for many years.
“If you’re going to research this area, you know it’s not new and there are things you can build on.” He said. “We’re not building something from scratch. There’s momentum there.”
Besse is a tourism “Common point” of urban planning and development. While acknowledging that tourism should not be the only consideration in urban planning, he stressed the importance of tourism playing an important role in the economic development of cities.
“There is a factor that tourism is not new to our region, and it is also a key component of many communities and their vibrancy and revitalization.” He said. “There are a lot of things here that have been around for a long time and we operate in different ways based on word of mouth. , it works, but you need to make sure you have other infrastructure like a visitor’s bureau.”
As part of expanding tourism and integrating tourism into the city’s urban design plans, Besse said things like visitor guides are important resources that help represent, advertise and promote local businesses and attractions. He said it would serve as “Excellent Online Presence” Important for local businesses that want to profit from tourism.
“We are not tourists from our hometown, but what do we love to see when we travel? Supporting authentic experiences is very important.” He said. “If only we, as locals, could celebrate supporting these businesses and helping tourism. I can.”
“Bring me more comedians”
One business affected by the type of tourism Besse describes is Lisciandro’s Restaurant.
When asked about the importance of tourism to their business, Lisciandro’s Restaurant owners Chris and Patti Larson said tourism is important. “It’s very important.”
The Larsons told The Post Journal, “Significant increase” Lisciandro’s Restaurant, a tourist attraction since the opening of the National Comedy Center, has been visited by famous comedians for breakfast and lunch.
Asked how Jamestown could expand the impact of tourism on the local business community, the Larsons said Jamestown could attract more comedians and host additional seasonal festivals throughout the year. .
“Vital for Success”
Like Besse, Dan Heizenreiter, CEO and president of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, also emphasized the importance of tourism in the Jamestown community as part of the Jamestown Urban Design Plan.
“Tourism is really important because many of our small businesses take the base of their business that they see from the perspective of year-round residents, and obviously scale it up when they start adding tourist traffic. .” He said. “This is critical to the success and profitability of our business community.”
Heizenreiter said tourism is important not just for the Jamestown community, but for Chautauqua County as a whole, especially during the busy summer months.
According to Heitzenrater, the Jamestown community has put a lot of effort into providing quality service to its visitors in order to grow. “Traffic jam” he said “really important” For the local business community.
Asked how Jamestown could make better use of tourism opportunities, Heitzenreiter said the community should continue to do so. “Collaborate and share information” in an effort to “maximize” The impact of tourism across Jamestown.
Heitzenreiter said that in addition to the mutual cooperation and cooperation of local businesses and attractions, the Chamber of Commerce will work with the Visitors Bureau, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and other organizations to host various conferences in the Jamestown community. We talked about possibilities. Heitzenrater said that professionals from the organization planning the conference actually visited the Jamestown area and that “great place” for meetings to be held.
“When they visited our community, they felt that Jamestown was a great place for small meetings and that it offered a lot that many other places don’t. The atmosphere we have, the attractions we have are great, a place for people to eat and visit outside of meeting hours.” He said. “I think this is an area that we know the Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations are very excited to grow.”