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Super special offers September 24 Holland America Cruise Ship and Trails&Sails

How exciting that  Holland America  and Trails and Sails are coming to Gloucester and Cape Ann this weekend! There are many special offers and events to help welcome visitors. This will be the second of three big cruise ships coming into port this month to Cruiseport Gloucester. It won’t leave Gloucester harbor till 11PM.  Last time I expected sight seeing, museum visits and shopping as reasons passengers disembarked. They did that. If you go by the clicker counter, 844 (give or take another hundred), plus 650 who pre-booked excursions, came ashore.

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photo caption: Elizabeth Carey Discover Gloucester greeted and clicked. Peter Webber Cape Ann Chamber photograph.

I was surprised by how many passengers from a seemingly all inclusive cruise opted to take a whale watch trip and dine out. They did that, too. I’ll report back fun facts, but today I wanted to post about the special offers and events.

Working TOGETHER to welcome everyone is a beautiful thing. Thanks to the organizers (with a big shout out to Jeanne Hennessey, Joe Ciolino, Kathie Gilson, Peter Webber, Lorre Anderson, Bob Ryan and Elizabeth Carey):

 

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photo caption: Bob Ryan/CATA, Jeanne Hennessey, Paul Talbot at Cruiseport planning out logistics for Saturday September 24, 2016

CATA created a special map for continuous downtown trolley loops (“frequency is key”) and to Rocky Neck and Rockport. The special pass covers their bus routes. What an incredible deal! They are extending operations until 10PM.  A new addition: Beauport Ambulance Services will be offering a shuttle bus for an Essex/Manchester/Cruiseport route. Kathie Gilson prepared and made hundreds of copies of a lobster roll list (a big common request), special events, and the Gimme Sound music schedule. Kudos to the volunteers, organizations and businesses for their hard work and creativity.

And now for Gloucester downtown Special events and offers. You can click logos to follow links.

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special Gloucester offers for 3 ships cruising for fall foliage Sept 9, 24 and 29! See the welcome poster to print and hang for Holland America cruise ship Zuiderdam

Here’s the current list of Gloucester stores, museums, and organizations with special offers for the Zuiderdam passengers coming this Friday September 9th!

Peter Webber and Ken Riehl of the Cape Ann Chamber will be walking down Main Street in Gloucester tomorrow to hand out these festive welcome flyers for Holland America passengers. If you don’t see Peter or Ken, please print them out from the photo and display on doors and windows, or contact them and they can email you a PDF.

Ships arrive Friday September 9, Saturday September 24th–which is also a big Essex Heritage  Trails & Sails day in Gloucester and Cape Ann– and Thursday September 29th as part of fall foliage cruising.

Three Sheets to the Wind will perform from the Cruiseport deck. CATA will be making bus stop locations and selling all day passes for $3. Some passengers remain on ship and 40% have pre-arranged day trips. After processing through security, 1000 remaining passengers or so will be guided to CATA’s special trolley downtown (including one stop at Western Ave and Middle Street for walking over to Stacy Boulevard) and regular routes to Rocky Neck and downtown Rockport. CATA doesn’t loop to Stage Fort. Steve Douglass runs water shuttle service to Rocky Neck. Local taxi and car services have been alerted. Please reach out to Peter@capeannchamber.com for details. Crew come ashore and in the past have numbered in the hundreds.

If you are ever interested in volunteering contact Lorre Anderson at welcomecruisers@gmail.com to sign up for welcome cruisers, the visitor center, and/or the Chamber. Lorre has managed the cruiseship volunteer brigade for the Chamber for years and is fabulous.

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10-day fall color route from Holland America

Gloucester’s Downtown Welcomes Holland America Zuiderdam passengers! Enjoy these special offers:

  • DIVA; 161 Main St.: 12% off all purchases. Vintage and curated jewelry

 

  • Cape Ann Museum; 27 Pleasant St.: $2 discount on our regular admission (currently admission is $10 for adult and $8 for seniors so admission for cruise ships would be $8 and $6 respectively) contemporary exhibits and permanent collection with world class holdings including Marsden Hartley, Fitz Henry Lane, Stuart Davis, Umberto Romano, Paul Manship, John Sloan, Katharine Weems, Viginia Lee Burton, Milton Avery, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and many more.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Harbor Loop Gift/ Building Center; 1 Harbor Loop; 10% off all nautical merchandise for the Cruise ship arrivals

 

  • Kids Unlimited; 123 Main St: Take an additional 10% off all summer & winter clearance, already 50%-80% off

 

 

  • The Brass Monkey; 85 Main St.: for a “TASTE OF NEW ENGLAND”.  Sample a wide variety of New England specialty foods and explore our two floors of unique gifts, antiquities, clothing, jewelry and much more.

 

 

  • Trident Gallery; 189 Main St.: free exhibition poster ($25 value) to first 50 visitors

 

  • Weathervane; 153 Main St.: 25% off sweats (excludes Cape Pond Ice)

 

Please note: Additional specials may be available at other businesses. Passengers are encouraged to ask merchants for details.  City Hall tower tours may be available September 9th and definitely offered on Sept 24th and 29th. 

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flashback to 2014 prep

Fun Night at Stage Fort Visitor Center and yes that’s Joey’s photograph

On a cover.

UPDATE: for more images please see Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken’s 40+ photos of the event

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Carol Thistle thanking Joey for the Discover Gloucester cover photo.

Stage Fort Visitor Center is officially open for the season. It was a full house last night.

Speaking of generosity: I recognized many of the returning volunteers who fill the shifts necessary to greet and assist all who walk through the door. Or around the gorgeous wrap around porch. The volunteers are a fun, dedicated group.

The opening always feels optimistic and festive. Local restaurants provided tasty signature appetizers and munchies. Laura Baker, proprietor of Castle Manor Inn, kept the table looking great all night.

Everyone takes a few moments to announce their business and any updates. Last night was no different, for instance: Vista Motel has a new, big pool; Cape Ann Marina will be making it easier for people to rent boats by matching clients with captains and vessels; the upcoming schooner race is not ‘competitive’, right?; the new concierge for Beauport Hotel put up his hand and a hello; and Sarah Oaks is fabulously readying the Maritime Gloucester shop.

I let people know that one HarborWalk marker may not be available for Hunt the HarborWalk tracing. It’s the marker at Norman’s Woe in Solomon Jacobs Park and public landing. The park should be open this weekend– and throughout the summer. Keep in mind it’s only a temporary look and opening. The park will close back up after the busy summer season. They may install that HarborWalk marker for the summer, too.

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GloucesterCast With Guest Linn Parisi From Discover Gloucester and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/24/14

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GloucesterCast With Guest Linn Parisi From Discover Gloucester and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/24/14

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Topics Include: Discover Gloucester, Social Media and Wholesale Travel, Travel Trade Shows, Gloucester Land Transportation Opportunities, Newport Rhode Island Bus Transfer Station, Tourism Complementing The Fishing Industry and Vice Verse, Steve Douglass Water Taxi- A Great Take,  King Eider, Bev, The Studio, Downtown Parking, The Amount Of People Who Thought That Rogers Street Was Gloucester’s Main Street, Lighting The Side Streets To Main Street, Life Is Good, Toodeloos, Hours On Main Street, Seafood Trail, Mass Office Of Travel and Tourism, Farm To Table…Really? , North Of Boston Tourism Bureau, Linn Uses Google, Nothing Like Fresh Fish, Cape Ann Museum Closed Through Mid August, Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide, Waterfronts In Newport Vs Gloucester, Oldest Working Fishing Port, Death Row Sub- Destinos Bomb With Pickles and Tomatoes, Seaport Grille Beet Salad,   Seaport Grille Desserts, Chococoa, Newburyport Farmer’s Market, Gloucester’s Restaurant Community, St Joseph’s and St Patrick’s Day, St Joseph’s Pasta, linn@seaportgloucester.org

Discover Gloucester Holiday & Awards Party Post re: some VIPs

Hey, Joey-

Perfect timing by EJ for featuring Potter Marty Morgan in her post yesterday, as Marty is receiving one of the three Awards that Discover Gloucester will give out at our 3rd Annual Holiday & Awards Party! We all remember, of course, that you were the first to receive one of the Awards🙂

Marty is being recognized for her many years of work as a founding member of the Cape Ann Artisans, as well as for her thousands of hours of work and love making the Empty Bowl project such a success for The Open Door.

Joanne (Souza) Main will receive an Award for being the champion of the Schooner Adventure. Her many years of blood, sweat and tears to get the Adventure seaworthy has been quite the task- and she did it!

The third Award will go to a wonderful collaboration among Gloucester, Rockport and Essex folks: The four new MA Cultural Districts!

The Gloucester Harbortown, Rocky Neck, Rockport and Essex River Cultural District’s Committees will be recognized for their diligent work.

Everyone is invited to come honor our very worthy recipients & representatives at the Discover Gloucester Holiday & Awards Party on Tuesday, December 10, Noon to 2:30pm, at La Trattoria on Main St. in Gloucester.                                                     $20 per person for a delish Italian Buffet, payable at the door to La Trattoria. RSVPs are necessary, so Peter & his crew can plan. Let us know by Sunday if you want to attend to congratulate these fine folks- and we know you do! 

Reply to info@SeaportGloucester.org

On behalf of the Discover Gloucester Board, 

Linn Parisi  (Thanks, Joey!)

Poll- Discover Gloucester Asks For GMG’s Help Choosing a "Rookie of the Year!”

Hey, Joey-

Discover Gloucester could use your reader’s help choosing a “Rookie of the Year!

We’re recognizing three new-to-the-scene local tourism-minded people with special Awards at the Discover Gloucester Holiday & Awards Party on December 5, Noon at Jalapenos. We hope you’re attending!

Two of the Award recipients were no-brainers for us to decide upon, just like last year when we selected you.

We found it hard to choose a third winner, though, as the field is extensive and stellar. There’s so many fantastic new businesses that came on board in 2012 that are helping to make our destination more diverse and interesting.

This is where your readers and an infamous GMG Poll come into play!

Would you help us out by putting a Poll up on GMG that includes all our nominees for Discover Gloucester Rookie of the Year Award?

Good Morning Gloucester faithful: Would you participate in the Poll, and also let us know if we forgot a new business that opened in 2012?

Nominees for the Rookie of the Year 2012 are, in no particular order:

The Cave, Laura Cramer, Owner; http://www.thecavegloucester.com

Big Mike’s Bikes, Kathleen & Mike Toomey, Owners;http://www.bigmikesbikes.org/

Ohana American Dining, Enx Dadulas, Owner; http://www.ohanacapeann.com/

Taste Gloucester Tours, Patrick Halloran, Owner; www.TasteGloucester.com

Mile Marker One Waterfront Cafe & Bar, Tobin Dominick, Owner:

ttp://www.milemarkerone.com/

Sweet Shots Secret Spots, Violet Gray & Corey Newman, Owners;

Castle Manor Inn & Seaglass Tavern; Laura Baker, Manager; www.castlemanorinn.com

Ova the Bridge; Kory Curcuru, Owner; www.ovathebridge.com

Cape Ann Olive Oil Company, Lauren Negron, Owner; www.capeannoliveoil.com

RSVP now to info@SeaportGloucester.org to attend the December 5th Discover Gloucester Holiday & Awards Party at Jalapenos, 86 Main Street, Gloucester.

Noon-2PM; $22 per person. Be there for the fabulous Mexican Buffet and to see who wins the “Good On Ya!” Award; the “Golden Sou’Wester Rookie of the Year” Award; and the Discover Gloucester Heritage Award!

Thanks, Joey!

From Linn Parisi & the Discover Gloucester Board of Directors

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Discover Gloucester Weekly from Linn Parisi

Discover Gloucester’s been hosting many familiarization tours (FAMs) for journalists, tour operators and agents- getting great exposure for our destination. The latest: Saveur Magazine folks will be here Friday re: seafood- woot!- and two Germans are arriving on Sunday. They’ll attend the Harbor Walk dedication at Gus Foote Park, and then walk the Walk before going on a schooner sail, among other fun things. What’s not to like, right?!

We’ve been slinging out Discover Gloucester Visitor Guides like crazy (Thanks Lia, Daphne and Pat!) with only 12k of the original 100k left! Businesses can still sign out Visitor Guides in bags of 50 at the Stage Fort Park Visitor Welcoming Center, which is open 7 days a week, 10A-6P.

A few of our Board members were on the ad hoc committee that made recommendations to rewrite the City’s Tourism Commission ordinance. A public hearing re: the new ordinance is coming up at City Hall- stay tuned!

Here’s a few pictures from a recent evening on the terrace at the Beauport Sleeper-McCann House on Eastern Point- fabulous!

Homie and RD will really relate to one of them🙂

Hopefully Gloucester residents know they get FREE admission to daily Beauport tours…. How sweet is that?! If you haven’t been- Go!

Their Nooks & Crannies Tours (August 25 and September 15) offer fascinating peeks into spaces not open to daily tours. Reserve now, too, for the always-sold-out Brilliant Beauport Tour at twilight on 9/27. You’ve got to see Beauport at night!

www.historicnewengland.org/historic…/Beauport/beauport

Back to work- and thanks, Joey… I promise to be more diligent & timely!     Linn

Linn Parisi
Discover Gloucester

Discover Gloucester Weekly from Linn Parisi

Gloucester is getting a lot of exposure from all the familiarization tours (FAMs) that have been here lately-and they’re still arriving! Some of them are sent here by MOTT- the MA Office of Travel & Tourism- via the North of Boston CVB (Convention & Visitor Bureau), and some are generated by PR for Gloucester, via Matter Communication – thanks John McElhenney!

The week before last we had a the UK Travel Channel crew here filming for their show, and last Sunday an Italian TV RAI 3 crew was here.

This coming mid-week, there will be four different FAMs here- and it’s all good for Gloucester.

Thanks to all the accommodations, attractions and dining establishments who host and welcome these valuable FAMs!

You’re probably wondering why the re-run of your fabulous photo of lobsters?

Because tomorrow, June 15, is NATIONAL LOBSTER DAY!

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Over 40 restaurants on the island to get your lobster fix…. and if you want to cook ’em and  have your own feast at home like my Father in Law will as our gift on Father’s Day, then you get ’em at Capt. Joe & Sons!

Discover Gloucester Weekly From Linn Parisi

Hey, Joey!

Fancy meeting you at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock Up fundraiser at LobstaLand yesterday!

Pilar Garro from the Beauport Sleeper-McCann house on Eastern Point (which is open for the season, btw) recommended that I get "arrested" for the truly good cause- Thanks, Pilar!

I had a great time at the event. The best part is that so many friends and family members contributed to my "bail" ahead of my being "arrested" that I didn’t have to make phone calls. Thanks to all who donated to help put a halt to this  horrible disease. We raised nearly $2400!

Thanks to Corey and his crew at LobstaLand for hosting the event and feeding all the participants.

The pics attached are of me being served my warrant by Manny Simoes’ nephew, Officer Simoes; getting into the police car to be driven to the Lock Up  (my first and last time in the back seat of a cruiser🙂; yours truly behind bars; Pam Macaurelle from CruisePort making desperate calls for bail; and Joey bringing Pam a bail check. Too fun!

The last and totally unrelated picture is a UK Travel Channel TV show called "American Times" filming the star/host, Julian, eating a lobster in the rough at Roy Moore’s on Bearskin Neck- in the pouring rain on Monday. Everything we tried to do that day for their show, which was about fish & fishing, lobsters & lobstering, was derailed due to the nor’easter. Not a fish to be found in the City; too rough to go out on the water. They managed to get enough footage done, but it took us hours and we were drenched and cold at the end of the long day.

Thanks to all of the Discover Gloucester partners who tried to help during the day, and did help to get the job done.

Another TV show film crew will be here on Sunday. This one is from Italy, RAI 3- like our PBS channel 2.

This time the media FAM is about art, culture and history. Hopefully, no rain on Sunday- please?!

Linn Parisi
Discover Gloucester The Seaport Gloucester DMO
PO Box 6103  Gloucester, MA  01930
978-290-9723 Twitter: @DscvrGlstr  FB: Discover Gloucester

Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide Unveiling This Evening!

WHO TOOK THE DISCOVER GLOUCESTER VISITOR GUIDE COVER PICTURE?!?

Join us later today, 6PM at The Castle Manor Inn, to see who took the cover picture of the 2012 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide… It’s a beauty!

Drinks and munchies, and great networking- with a sneak peek of the work that’s been done at this lovely Inn, before it opens to the public May 18.

We’re so proud of the Visitor Guide and of all the partners represented in it.

They’ve invested in their businesses and in the bigger tourism picture so that

Discover Gloucester can take on the challenge of promoting the entire destination.

See you at 6 today, The Castle Manor Inn, 141 Essex Avenue!

2012 DISCOVER GLOUCESTER MUG UP MEETING & VISITOR GUIDE DEBUT!

2012 DISCOVER GLOUCESTER

MUG UP MEETING &

VISITOR GUIDE

DEBUT!

THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012, 6PM

THE CASTLE MANOR INN

141 Essex Avenue, Gloucester

Join us as the 4th Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide makes it debut,

and see which Gloucester photographer is responsible for its fabulous cover picture.

A great opportunity to see the totally refurbished Castle Manor Inn and meet their staff before it opens to the public on May 18; to do some networking, and to have a celebratory drink and a nibble.

RSVP to info@seaportgloucester.org

Gloucester Webcam of The Day- Discover Gloucester Greasy Pole and Outer Harbor Webcam

This Webcam and more can be found at www.gloucesterwebcam.com

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Check Out the Discover Gloucester Website Here

This www.gloucesterwebcam.com local webcam portal project was an idea I had last year to have as many webcams streaming from local businesses or organizations as possible which highlight the incredible vistas that we as people that live and work here get to enjoy each and every day.

The idea was to have the organization install the webcam, have them embed the webcam feed on their own websites as well and have a link to each business website on the Gloucester webcam portal website to showcase their business as well.

Tim Blakeley from Gloucester Bytes provided the initial installation at ridiculously cheap cost because he believed in the project.

Discover Gloucester Weekly From Linn Parisi

Hey Joey-

Kay Ellis and I had a great time Monday night at the Boston Concierge trade show at the Park Plaza Castle connecting with all the hotel Concierges who send visitors out to have fun and adventures. We were there to let them know all the fabulous things to do and eat here, and that we’re just a short car or train ride away from Boston.

We met many Concierges who want to come check out our destination for themselves, and we will make that happen.

These pics are from our booth. One is of a quirky homegrown way to get the Concierge to interact with us. It involved red Solo cups and a ship’s wheel- and it worked!

Wait til you all see the cover of the 2012 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide! One of Gloucester’s amazing photographers- whom your fobs know and love- took the fabulous shot. You’ll see it at the May 10 Visitor Guide debut at the new Castle Manor Inn on Essex Avenue. Deets to follow!

Linn Parisi
Discover Gloucester

Discover Gloucester Weekly From Linn Parisi

Tea, anyone?

Discover Gloucester’s next Mug Up Meeting is next Thursday, April 26, 8:30AM at Heath’s Tea Room, 43 South Street in Rockport. Owners Fatima & Brian Heath, their daughter Kim and her husband Mike O’Donnell will be serving up freshly baked scones and a hot cuppa in their very lovely setting while we chat about "Becoming Visitor Ready and Visual Intrusions"- important topics as we jump into the season. RSVP to info@seaportgloucester.org
25 Gloucester tourism folks met with the City Council’s Ordinance & Administration sub-committee at City Hall on Tuesday evening for a workshop on the new Tourism Commission ordinance. Great brainstorming, lots of information exchanged- all good, forward motion. An ad hoc committee will work on the actual writing of the new ordinance- stay tuned!

And- Save this date: May 10, 6PM, for the 2012 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide debut party, being held at the new Castle Manor Inn on Essex Avenue. Both the new Visitor Guide and the Castle Manor Inn look fabulous- can’t wait for you to see them!

Discover Gloucester Weekly From Linn Parisi

Joey- Thanks for the chance to catch up on some of the past couple of month’s pictures I’ve wanted to share.
The first pic is from February 28, taken at the Cape Ann Brewing Company: Jeremy Goldberg gave Steve Borichevsky (Shooting My Universe) a fabulously framed Fisherman’s Brew carton & Award for winning the photo contest for the new carton design. I was happy to meet & chat with Steve. I’ve loved his amazing work for quite a while… ditto for Fisherman’s Brew. It’s great having Cape Ann Brewing as a Discover Gloucester partner.

The second and third pics are from the AAA Travel Marketplace held at Gillette Stadium March 2-4. Over the 3 day show, we interacted with 2200 potential visitors. Bob from Ryan & Wood and Paul Frontierro, 7 Seas Whale Watch set up the booth and worked it for a few hours. Bob just loved wearing the sou’wester, heh heh…

I want to share these invitations, too-

The Ordinance & Administration Committee of the City Council, chaired by Councilor Romeo-Theken, has invited all Gloucester tourism business professionals to give their input re: rewriting the City’s Tourism Commission Ordinance at a Workshop on Tuesday, April 17, 6PM at Kyrouz Auditorium, City Hall. This is your chance to be heard as to what you feel the City should undertake in the way of planning the work and working the plan for tourism in Gloucester, so show up and speak up.

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Save the Date: Discover Gloucester Mug Up Meeting, April 26, 8:30AM at the lovely Heath’s Tea Room, 43 South Street in Rockport. Join us for a cuppa (tea or coffee) and a freshly baked scone while we chat about Customer Caring & Visual Intrusions- both timely subjects as we get into the busy season. RSVP info@seaportgloucester.org

Linn Parisi
Discover Gloucester

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Gloucester Webcam of The Day- Discover Gloucester Greasy Pole and Outer Harbor Webcam

This Webcam and more can be found at www.gloucesterwebcam.com

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Check Out the Discover Gloucester Website Here

This www.gloucesterwebcam.com local webcam portal project was an idea I had last year to have as many webcams streaming from local businesses or organizations as possible which highlight the incredible vistas that we as people that live and work here get to enjoy each and every day.

The idea was to have the organization install the webcam, have them embed the webcam feed on their own websites as well and have a link to each business website on the Gloucester webcam portal website to showcase their business as well.

Tim Blakeley from Gloucester Bytes provided the initial installation at ridiculously cheap cost because he believed in the project.

Discover Gloucester Weekly From Linn Parisi

From Linn Parisi

Hey, Joey’s FOBs – I could use your help, as we’re just a few days away from sending the 2012 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide to print: What are your best suggestions to include on the Visitor Guide’s "Rainy Day Fun" or "Free Things To Do" pages? Give me your best insider info!

I’m thrilled to tell you that 30 new partners have come on board in the Visitor Guide this year. This means that as a destination we’ll showcase a better representation of what is offered to a visitor and we’ll be able to do even more outreach to get more visitors to come here.  Did you know there are over 60 places to eat in our area that are either on the water or you can see the water from your seat?!  Eleven more restaurants are in the 2012 Visitor Guide, which is fantastic. Among the new entries is the newest in the City at 151 Main Street – Ohana New American Cuisine. Welcome aboard, Enx! Joey: Get over to Ohana soon- Enx’ buildout is on the fast track for opening in May!

Starting next week and as the season ramps up, you’ll be hearing from many of the fabulous tourism related venues on and off the island. How lucky are we to be surrounded by all this, huh?!

Linn Parisi
Discover Gloucester

Discover Gloucester Weekly From Linn Parisi

Linn Parisi writes-

A team of Discover Gloucester partners just got back from attending the four day Discover New England Summit for the 4th time, held this year at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. I’m happy to say that it went very well with lots of interest in visiting Gloucester. This trade show is appointment based where International tour companies (Buyers) meet with and learn about destinations, local accommodations and attractions (Sellers).  There were five of us from Gloucester, the best representation we’ve had so far, and I couldn’t be more proud of the great job that the team did talking up all the reasons for travelers to come here for their holiday from Europe, South America and Asia. The international tour companies put together what they learn here and create vacation packages and itineraries that they sell to individuals in their countries. Our job was to pitch all the great things about our area and how they fit into the overall vacation experience starting with their flight into Boston. The buyers said they want a real New England experience – and what’s more real than Gloucester?

We did particularly well with companies from Italy, Germany, Norway and Japan.  If you’ve seen the news of the new Boeing 787 coming to Boston you know Japan Airlines begins their non-stop flights from Tokyo to Boston on April 22, which will offer new adventures in New England for the Asian market. We got to attend a seminar to learn how to work with Japanese travelers. Did you know: They want to come here to learn about our culture, so trying to replicate a Japanese breakfast – poorly – would be offensive. They want to experience a good American breakfast – even though they might not eat any of it! Food portions should be cut in half. They would much rather have a small “perfect” lobster roll than a big overflowing roll. Two beds are a must, even for honeymooners.

I was talking with a Japanese woman at an appointment and she mentioned Gloucester’s relationship with our Japanese sister city Tomano. I was impressed! She then said “And we work with Robert, Why Not?” Of course, I’m thinking – yeah, why not? While we were waiting to go to the MFA for an evening event, another American helpfully said to a small group of Japanese Buyers “The ducks are here to bring us to the event!”. That took a few moments to translate and we had a good laugh.  Once we got there, I could hear Pilar Garro from Beauport Museum, whose fabulous laugh you can hear from a mile away. Turns out she was showing others the silver pieces donated to the MFA by Henry Sleeper, who owned the Beauport mansion. Way to go, Henry! We’re all still trying to figure out what’s behind the name of one Italian tour company name: “Quiiky”!

I’m extremely pleased that contracts are being written between DNE Summit Buyers and Discover Gloucester partners right now, building on recent and past exposure at this trade show. Many companies will be including Gloucester and the area in itineraries for their clients. Woot!

On Sunday before the trade show began I was showing a rep from Germany around Gloucester, She’s looking for another accommodation to recommend to her clients. I showed her a couple, and then drove her by the Birdseye site and she said “Now you’re talking!” She wants a hotel where people can walk to dining, shopping and things to do.

Another company’s rep I spoke with, who knows Gloucester well, jumped up out of her seat to high five me when I told her that Gloucester might be getting a new hotel.

Discover Gloucester partners are working very hard to promote our amazing area to people beyond our amazing area. We are entering our 5th year and it’s great to see the efforts paying off.

Discover Gloucester Weekly

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From Linn Parisi, Discover Gloucester Director, with thanks to Joey!

Joey generously asked if I’d want to share info about Discover Gloucester (aka Seaport Gloucester DMO or Destination Marketing Organization) in a weekly post. After a second of thought, I decided to tell readers some of what the volunteer based organization has been doing: Outreach beyond Gloucester to get visitors to come here and spend money while enjoying all the cool things we have here to see, do, eat, and buy.

The most recent Discover Gloucester outreach adventure:

  • 3/2-4/2012: Co-op booth at the 3 day AAA Marketplace consumer show at Gillette Stadium’s Putnam East.
  • 12 wonderful and enthusiastic partners helped man the booth in shifts.
  • 18 local tourism businesses partnered with Discover Gloucester in the booth.
  • 800 whale watch pins were handed out.
  • 1937 consumers entered our raffle for 2 Discover Gloucester weekend packages and sets of whale watch tickets.
  • 2200 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guides were handed out with partner brochures and an incentive offer flier.
  • 17,000 consumers who can easily drive here for a day or more, attended the show.
  • 2013: A double booth!

Next week: Report on attending The 3/25-28/12 Discover New England Summit, an International trade show.

Linn Parisi

Discover Gloucester, The Seaport Gloucester DMO

PO Box 6103  Gloucester, MA  01930 978-290-9723

Twitter: @DscvrGlstr   FB: Discover Gloucester

Discover Gloucester: Party On- plus!

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NEXT MUG UP MEETING is…. A HOLIDAY & AWARDS PARTY!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011, NOON to 2PM, at GIUSEPPE’S RISTORANTE & PIANO BAR, 2 MAIN STREET, Gloucester

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Join your fellow tourism supporters and trench workers at Discover Gloucester’s First Holiday & Awards Party! We’ll network with new and old friends while enjoying a scrumptious Buffet Lunch from Giuseppe’s kitchen.

For the very first time, special Awards will be bestowed upon a variety of local tourism individuals who have helped propel our wonderful destination forward.

                                            Maybe an Award will go to you!

Don’t miss this merry gathering of local tourism supporters!

Must RSVP by 12/11/11 to info@seaportgloucester.org

$24 per person. Pay at the door.

Click here for menu & more details:

http://seaportgloucester.org/attach/inviteDMOawards2011.pdf

DISCOVER GLOUCESTER BOOTH at AAA MARKETPLACE: ROOM FOR TWO MORE!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

There’s room for two more businesses to join the 13 already partnering in the Discover Gloucester booth at the AAA Marketplace consumer show March 2-4, 2012 at Gillette Stadium. 
The co-op booth cost, $2200, will be split by all partners- 13 so far at $169 each.

The price will go down with more partners ie. 15 partners would be perfect @ $147 each. We have committed to buying the booth- why not help yourself by joining in?
17,000 drive market consumers attend the show- very good exposure for our destination AND your business PLUS you’ll get the Booth’s lead list at the end of the show. Our booth will be next to Destination Salem; the North of Boston CVB is not participating at AAA this year.

  Call or email Linn for "how-to" details. 978-290-9723, linn@seaportgloucester.org

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TOP TEN REASONS TO ADVERTISE IN THE DISCOVER GLOUCESTER VISITOR GUIDE:

10.  It is the local Visitor Guide you see in Visitor’s hands, pockets & purses as they walk around the area.

9.  100,000+ copies get printed & distributed to visitors as near as here to as far as there!

8.  Brides tuck them into Welcome bags for their guests; locals give them to visiting family & friends; tour operators in the US & abroad give them to their clients;  US & Canadian Visitor Centers hand them out to travelers.

7.  The Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide is available in 200+ Greater Boston hotels; all the north of Boston accommodations; nearly every attraction in the greater and north of Boston area; on Boston Common; Fenway Park; Gillette Stadium; Logan Airport; Faneuil Hall; route 95s Visitor Center in Salisbury & a lot of other visitor-centric places.

6.  Your ad generates traffic to your business & to your website.

5.  Short money for big exposure.

4.  Every advertising dollar invested in the Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide goes to marketing & promoting the destination.

3.  You help yourself & your business by being a partner in the volunteer effort to promote the destination. Let visitors know you are here! It’s true that many hands (and dollars) make light work- and a rising tide really does float all boats.

2.   Visitation numbers are up due in part to exposure at trade shows, during FAMs, by co-operative advertising- all made possible by Visitor Guide ads.

1. Your competition is in the Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide.

Click here for the 2012 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide insertion order:
http://seaportgloucester.org/attach/2012DiscoGloVGSInsertionOrder.pdf

Direct questions re: the Visitor Guide to our talented graphic designer Linda Stockman,
stockmandesign@comcast.net

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