Visitor Greeter Project

Applicant Name

Elizabeth Finlayson

Applicant Organization

Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce

Phone Number

802-457-3555

Mailing Address

PO Box 486

Woodstock

Vermont

05091

Organization Website

Grant Request Summary

Every Summer and fall the town of Woodstock receives thousands of visitors who stop here via motor coach tours. Early in the season you will see perhaps one or two tour groups walking through the village. As we progress to foliage season, there may be up to 25 buses daily. We learned that most tour operators don’t know anything about Woodstock. They just know that it is a pretty place and one of the many stops in New England.
A visitor greeter will meet the bus, make sure they know how to get to the restrooms, the covered bridge; where they can grab something to eat and maybe take a walk to view some Revere Bells. If pre-arranged a Visitor Greeter may meet the bus and hop on and tell them about some of the historical facts about the area, such as the terminus for the train, Hiram Powell or The Woodstock Inn.
The Chamber will reach out to tour operator to get the approximate time and date of in-coming buses. The Greeters will be recruited, trained and assigned days of the week by the Chamber. They will be paid by the Chamber of Commerce through this proposed grant. This will be a trial project and will be assessed late in October 2022.

Project Budget

$15,000 - $19,999

Desired Grant Amount

$20,000 - $24,999

Other Funding Sources

The Chamber will provide in-kind training and supervision.

Project Timeframe

July 1, 2022 through October 20, 2022

How will this project benefit the economic and community development of Woodstock?

The project will provide a welcoming face to Woodstock. Often tour Bus visitors have been un-welcome because they are sometimes older and on a limited budget. This doesn’t mean that they don’t have younger family members back at home who would be interested in the welcoming beauty of Woodstock.

Which EDC Working Grouop Objectives does your project best support?

Marketing (Marketing Woodstock to attract more visitors and permanent residents)

Other Objectives

Project Collaborations

We will collaborate with our members to provide written material and or a link to an ap.

Additional Comments

Thank you for your consideration.