My husband and I have been talking about the exact same thing. We have recently visited San Antonio, Ft. Worth and Dallas; plus, we use to travel frequently before I developed health problems. Like you, the only time we ever contact a visitors' center is prior to a trip - on the Internet or by phone. However, we often picked up tourism information at the various attractions and restaurants we visited in other cities. In fact, after we learned about the outrageous plans for the Lubbock Visitor's Center, my husband asked people campaigning for those running in recent city elections "why can't we have a Lubbock Visitor's Information booth at the Buddy Holly Center, another at the Ranching Heritage Center, another at the Wind Museum, another at the Civic Center...etc. etc.?" Not only would it be cheaper to hire people to manage the booths, but after determining which locations are most popular, the LVC could choose which needed to be manned and which could be self-service as seen in hotels and restaurants.
Two suggestions: 1. LVC should consider hiring some seniors or citizens who have been around Lubbock long enough to give some information or at least people who know the streets and can give directions. (The only bad experience we ever had with a visitors center was on a trip to the West Coast, because our guide was too young and ignorant of the area to tell us any more than the brochures.) 2. Use those billions of dollars to put some coupons or offer specials in travel magazines and on the Internet...then subsidize the merchants providing the services.
Bottom line, make it something that actually profits the businesses and promotes visitors coming to stay rather than investing ridiculous amounts of money into real estate.
As with every deal the council approves, show me the money!!! $3 million to fix the cave-in on 98th. Who knows what other items we pay for at a later date because it was done without full disclosure.
In addition to the Buddy Holly building there is plenty of empty space at the South Plains Mall. Both places already have high traffic.
I totally agree with Dan Jackson, that's what I have said all along, everyone gets online to find out info on the city they are visiting anyway, BEFORE, they come to Lubbock!! Thanks
Way to go, Dan. Your commentary regarding the Lubbock Visitor Center tonight was right on! Thank you.
I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT ON TARGET WITH WAT YOU STATED. PEOPLE ALMOST ALWAYS GET ON INTERNET AND PLAN OUT THEIR TRIPS NOW DAYS. ALSO WHAT THEY ARE PROPOSING IS JUST WAY OUT OF LINE ON THE COST. WE DO NOT NEED THIS KIND OF EXPENSE. I THINK THIS MONEY IF WE ARE GOING TO SPEND NEEDS TO GO TO THE CIVIC CENTER AND BRING IT UP TO DATE.
Appreciate your comments on "Consider This" about the Visitors Center. Good timing considering the AJ's push for getting it built. I guess they are stuck on stupid!
Can we find a GREAT example (nice "bricks & mortar plus virtual???) of a Visitors Center somewhere in the nation? Surely we are not the only one on this quest?
My gut is telling me that the "grand plan" included more than we were told..... I think McBride and the Chamber where going to get a new home out of this deal. That might have worked well but, we should have been told (and sold) on that idea.
Hmmmmm..... you pointed out several attractions that draw people to Lubbock that we should be proud of and that a Visitors/Information Depot should promote but, what about what really, really draws people every day to Lubbock and even attracts people to move permanently to Lubbock? Our medical, educational and agricultural "engines" that for this region of Texas and the Nation truly resemble the "shinning city of gold" on top of the plains! Can we get creative and come up with Visitors/Information Depot that can interact with people coming into Lubbock for the medical, educational and agricultural needs also? I appreciate the people coming in for a few days or maybe even a week to see the Ranching Heritage Center, Silent Wings Museum, etc..... but those coming in to make decisions to stay a few years to come to school; those coming multiple times for medical reasons; those that come to do business and attend the many agricultural events year after year, after year..... they are the people that are fueling a lot of our economic engine. I would rather have $6 million used to assist/promote those people on their visits to Lubbock and $1 million for the true tourist. Can you consider this?
AMEN!!!!! to everything you said.
I agree--I have never been inside a visitor center nor have tried to locate one. Know where and what I am going to do and see before I travel
That is so great that you saw first hand the San Antonio Visitor Center empty. You could not have made this point any better than you did on the news tonight. Where is all the common sense at City Hall. What are they thinking? All Lubbock taxpayers need to say "enough".
Why don't you run for a city office? You have shown more common sense than all the city office holders put together. Use it for the good of the city. Thanks for the information you share on "Consider This".
Agree 100% with the commentary -- thank you
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