NORFOLK COUNTY LOOKING AT WAYS TO HAVE TOURISTS TO STAY OVERNIGHT 5/18/2017 8:05:45 AM
Norfolk County wants tourists to spend the night.
Tuesday night at Council, Norfolk's manager of tourism and economic development Clark Hoskins said he's working closely with Haldimand and Elgin County to find ways to turn "day trippers" into "overnighters."
Hoskins stated that someone coming down for the day could spend around $77 in the county, but those who stay overnight can pay all the way up to $1,200.
The problem in Norfolk, Haldimand, and Elgin is size. They all claim they can not attract top name hotels that can guarantee business during all four seasons.
That's got the three counties thinking outside of the box with a so called Alternative Accommodation Strategy.
These are all unique ways to offer people a chance to spend the night in a fun, unique settings.
Hoskins even pointed out other accommodations such a dome where you bring your bed and can look out at the stars or even building fancy trees houses.
This was just an update at the three counties moves forward coming up with a detailed strategy.
The goal is to increase overnight stay by 10 per cent at first which, if that were to happen across the three counties, would see an increase in tourist revenue by $45-million.