Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

June 16, 2014

Here are a few hints on how we can improve local tourism

— The tourist season is upon us. I would ask what has been done to update or improve the quality of a visit to Allegany County.

I have a few suggestions as follows:

1. Guided canoe trips to Spring Gap. Bike back to Cumberland.

2. A longer trip to Oldtown. Bike back to Cumberland.

3. All day trip to Paw Paw. Bike back to Cumberland.

4. Clean sludge from Blue Bridge and provide canoe or row boat rentals. Include dining and picnic areas.

5. Contact Noah’s Ark Church to see what can be done to finish the Ark and bring in international visitors.

6. A dinner boat on the Potomac River above the Blue Bridge.

7. Floating July 4th display on the Potomac River.

8. Fireworks display from top Lover’s Leap.

9. A tram ride on the Tow Path and along the Rails-to-Trails trail. (Same as Ocean City tram on Boardwalk.)

Might I suggest a small committee be appointed to dream up some new ideas to help our current and future Tourism Bureau attract more tourists?

Tourism is no different than any other business: just implement activities that will make folks want to return.

After more than 50 years of being in business, in which a part of every day was spent planning how to improve or generate new business, I believe the same tactic can successfully apply toward building local tourism.

Ronald A. Clites

Cumberland

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