Chamber Visitors’ Center moves to Main Street Mall
December 7, 2007
The Park City Chamber/Bureau Visitors’ Center has been temporarily moved out of the Park City Historical Society Museum on Main Street until the museum is finished being renovated by the summer of 2009.
Chamber Executive Director Bill Malone said he hopes visitors will be able to find the new kiosk, which is now located on the main level of the Main Street Mall.
"We know it will take people time to recognize that we’re there," Malone said. "We just need a lot of repeated messages letting people know where we moved to."
The Chamber has had some difficulty putting up signs around town to make people aware of the move.
"We don’t have any store-front signage," said Deborah Lewis, manager of the Chamber’s visitors’ center. "Our challenge is that we’re really restricted on signage. The mall is disallowing any sandwich signs, not even in the foyer We’re going to make a splash up and down Main Street with handbills."
Chamber members said the Main Street visitors’ center is an important venue for tourists who need information on restaurants or activities going on in town.
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"We can help them find a place to stay and restaurants to go to," said Jacki Day, a visitors’ center worker. "Sometimes we’re made aware of specials and sometimes people want to know what to do besides just skiing. We have pamphlets to hand out."
While the Main Street Mall may be hidden to new tourists that come to town, it was the only place the Chamber could move to on Main Street.
Lewis said the reason the Chamber moved the visitors’ center to the Main Street Mall is so it could still have a presence on Main Street and because it was affordable.
"The reason is there is very little real estate on historic Main Street within our budget," Lewis said. "Main Street Mall was within our budget."
The new kiosk will feature all the same facilities and tourist information as the old kiosk, including a TV that will run a continuous video of scenes of Park City. The visitors’ center will also book reservations for visitors who want to do something fun while they’re in town.
Lewis said, many times, Park City tourists are approached by false visitors’ information guides who are more interested in selling time shares than giving them useful information. She said it is important the town knows where the new visitors’ center kiosk is located so people will not be confused.
"When we were in the museum, by the time tourists made it to [the visitors’ center], they were really annoyed that they had to go through all these posers, or timeshare [companies]," Lewis says.
The new visitors’ center at the Main Street Mall is located at 333 Main Street. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The other Chamber visitors’ center is located at Kimball Junction on the corner of S.R. 224 and Olympic Blvd. It is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Chamber is constantly making updates on new events and activities in Park City. For more information about the Chamber, the two visitors’ centers or activities in Park City, visit http://www.parkcityinfo.com.