Spaniard’s Bay OKs tourism committee
Town sanction group will work to attract visitors
Spaniard’s Bay council is looking to add another committee to its list.
During a regular council meeting held on Tuesday night, April 4th in Spaniard’s Bay, the idea of forming a tourism committee was brought up by Deputy Mayor Darlene Stamp.
Stamp expressed her desire to start up a committee early into Tuesday night’s meeting, noting that the town of Spaniard’s Bay has a lot to offer tourists, but no proper means of finding out what there is to do in the community, or where to go to enjoy all it has to offer.
Before getting too into detail, Stamp made a motion to establish the committee with a $1,000 start-up fee, as well as an extra $1,000 to purchase and install a sign in the community to advertise tourism and the town’s heritage building.
Stamp’s motion was carried unanimously.
“Basically, tourism promotes jobs in the tourism sectors, such as restaurants, B&Bs, craft stores, and other local businesses. That brings money into our community, which we can then put toward infrastructure and other such things,” Stamp said during the meeting. “It also raises awareness in the community for what we have to offer, and promotes future growth within the residential and business sectors.”
By forming the committee, Stamp said the ultimate goal is to entice visitors to not only come to Spaniard’s Bay, but to stay there and spend time in the community.
Stamp also explained that some of the major objectives of the committee are very business-centric, with a significant focus on pinpointing and addressing any common problems and issues local businesses are having in the community.
Alongside this, she hopes to see the committee promoting Spaniard’s Bay to tourists by identifying what services and other supports visitors would need in order to make them stay longer than a single day or night.
A comprehensive community tourism plan is also one of the goals the committee has on its radar at the moment, which will help them to provide council with a set of recommendations, based on their research findings, to promote tourism as a whole.
Although the committee is still in the early stages of development, their long-term goal is to ultimately attract more people to the area.
“Right now, myself and a couple others are working together on the development of the committee – we’re working on some of the background stuff, putting together a mission statement and all that,” said Stamp. “We’re trying to drum up some names of people in the community who would be interested in joining the committee, too. We’re looking at people in the business sector and things like that, and then from there we’ll go to the general public to see if anyone from the public would be interested. But we haven’t really reached out to anyone just yet, like I said, we’re still in the early stages of getting everything together.”
Stamp said members of the committee would need to have a fair bit of spare time, as there is plenty of research that needs to be done to achieve the committee’s goals, as well as hourly commitments on a weekly basis. Identifying local businesses, natural resources, and all the other things that will attract tourists is the number one task committee members will engage in.
Alongside the $1,000 start-up costs, Stamp requested an additional $1,000 for a three-by-four sign to be placed around the town’s gazebo – a location easily seen by visitors.
“The sign will, hopefully, get people’s attention and guide them down to the heritage building. Students that are working there over the summer can give them a brochure that’ll show them all there is to do and see here, and answer some questions they might have,” she said. “We’ve got a lot here in this community that can attract tourism, and hopefully this can help promote that.”
Later in Tuesday night’s meeting, Mayor Paul Brazil brought up an issue that has confused visitors and residents alike. He noted that there are several streets in the area with almost identical names, with some only identifiable by the word Lane or Road at the end, such as Butts Lane.
While Brazil admitted there was nothing they could do to immediately solve the problem, he said it was something that could not be overlooked, as, above all else, he saw it as a major safety concern.
“I’m sure people who have lived here their whole lives know the difference between one road and the other, but that’s not the case for people who move into the community,” he said. “What if a firefighter, who moved here from the west coast, had to respond to a fire and ended up on the wrong road, just because there were two with almost the same name? That’s a big issue, and definitely a major safety concern.”
Brazil acknowledged some residents may be opposed to the idea, as many have grown up in the area and may not be so inviting to the idea of changing their street name.
“No doubt it will be an inconvenience to some residents. They’d have to change their mailing address, and anything else that requires that kind of information. I understand that would be frustrating, but it’s got to be done one way or another.”
While no plans are set in stone to remedy the issue, council agreed to look into in the near future.
The Town of Spaniard’s Bay approved a motion to establish a tourism committee.