(This is a repeat,as yesterday's post was lost due to a glitch)
Many small towns, seeking to reinvigorate local economic conditions, will create initiatives to increase tourism. They'll promote sites and amenities. I recommend taking that a step further.
A few months ago, I ranked people in the community according to their commitment to the community.
- Passer-through (person who stops and maybe buys fuel)
- Tourist (spends a week or a few months)
- Citizen (born and lives in the area)
- Citizen who has traveled widely (understands the hometown better than the homebody)
A tourist is an outsider. But why not engage with the tourists, rather than merely accepting their money? Participative Tourism can add to your region's store of learning and energy.
Just a few ideas to get you started in thinking of an idea of your own:
- living history exhibit programs
- folk art training (much more engaging than mere folk
- how about classes on blacksmithing, rope making,
wool spinning, etc.? These are suddenly very hip.
- Outdoor recreation that focuses on groups
Building something significant--even reaching critical mass--takes a long, long, long time. So starting soon is a good idea.