Kincardine welcome centre sees decline in traffic


By Barb McKay


Despite its prominent location on Queen Street, the number of visits to Kincardine’s new welcome centre has been lower than last summer at the previous location on Highway 21.


According to data collected by Kincardine tourism staff, the number of people stopping in to the office has declined by about half, compared to 2013. In May, 243 people came through the welcome centre, compared to 570 in May 2013. In June, there were 567 visits, compared to 1,010 visits last June. For the month of July last year 1,424 people came through the office. As of last week, just 745 people had stopped in.


“The summer numbers in our office have declined quite significantly from last year,” Kincardine tourism co-ordinator Kelly McDonald said in an email. “Although many are happy to have found us while exploring the downtown area, we’ve also experienced many negative comments from those typically towing RVs, or even those who simply couldn’t locate convenient parking to utilize the office to source the information they normally pick up.”


Despite those comments, McDonald said, many people commented that two visitor information centres would be ideal; one downtown during the summer months and one on the highway year-round.


“It has been great, however, to be in the thick of things during events such as Cruise Night, Saturday night Pipe Band Parades and street festivals, all of which is a pleasant reminder to those visiting that we’re open and able to help better their experience while in the area,” McDonald said. “No matter the location, our great customer service will continue to be priority one.”