Tourism in ’14: Banner Year For Gloucester

Tourism in ’14: Banner Year For Gloucester

By Carol Thistle

With a record-setting 2014 tourism season in the books, a look back shows that the community enjoyed a year filled with memorable events, exciting grand openings and a steady stream of visitors. Please enjoy this quick review at some of our successes as the city prepares for an even better 2015!

Welcome Back Cape Ann Museum

Art lovers finally exhaled when the Cape Ann Museum reopened in August following year-long renovations. The 131-year-old institution wowed residents, patrons and critics alike. In particular, the 10-foot-tall lighthouse lens piece and the delightful remodeled lobby embodied the museum’s inspiring approach to design and presentation.

Cape Ann Museum

(image courtesy of WGBH)

HarborWalk Summer Cinema Series Sizzles

From timeless classics like E.T. to recent hits like The Lego Movie, families and film buffs could not get enough of the inaugural HarborWalk Summer Cinema Series. Organizers reported over 6,000 people attended eight movie nights, including many who watched the season finale, Jaws, on a rainy night. Given the initial success, we can’t wait for the sequel!

   Summer Cinema logo

Summer Cinema outdoors

(images courtesy of Gloucester HarborWalk)

An Eventful Summer

A delightful summer weather season welcomed thousands of people who came to Gloucester to enjoy music, art, sailing, sports, and much more. The Cape Ann Artisans Tour, Nights on the Neck, the Downtown Gloucester Block Party Series, Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, the Blues Festival, the Water Festival and the Schooner Festival were among the many happenings that showcased the city’s charm, culture and history.

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(images courtesy of Good Morning Gloucester.com)

Visitors Center Gets Star Treatment

The Stage Fort Park Visitors Center enjoyed rave reviews after receiving a much-needed makeover, including a new roof, a new video monitor that features documentary shorts and a new interior layout that is more open and accessible. The center even added rocking chair seating on the veranda!

Visitor Center

(image courtesy of Good Morning Gloucester.com)

During the May-October tourism season, 35 volunteers and staff greeted more than 16,600 visitors from across the USA, Europe, Canada and beyond. The Center greeted more than 1,000 additional visitors this year than 2013!

Thanks to the Tourism Commission for working hard to provide a great facility that properly welcomes thousands of visitors from across the world to the spectacular view of the harbor and beauty of a landmark location.

Read All About It! Gloucester’s A Great Place to Visit

It’s not every day that the New York Times publishes a travel feature article about the city. In August, the nation’s best known daily newspaper promoted Gloucester as a destination that would delight art lovers, foodies, and whale watchers.

NY Times clip

The article took a special look at the Schooner Ardelle and builder/skipper Harold Burnham, who noted “If you don’t do something to keep these original traditions alive, they will be gone forever.”

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2 Comments

  1. can anyone tell me where the photo under the title An Eventful Summer was taken from?I see the credit goes to Good Morning Gloucester.I might think it is a representation of the summer blues festival at Stage Fort Park however, the background used of the harbor with moored sailboats and a small white building on a pier out over the water is clearly no where I recognize in Gloucester harbor.Patti Page  

    • Sorry for VERY slow response Patti. This account has been largely dormant with change of leadership at City Hall but now coming back to life. Picture was taken from GMG, will have to look to see which post it came from. Unpaid interns pull images from GMG with Joey’s permission and post them for this blog.

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