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.
(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!
(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.
(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!
(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.
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.”