Maysville-Mason County Tourism Director Lacey Holleran spoke about her goals for the area on Tuesday during the Maysville Rotary Club meeting.
Holleran said some of those goals include staffing the visitor’s center seven days a week, bridging the disconnect between the city and the county, putting up directional signage for walking tours in downtown Maysville and shining a light on the outdoor activities available.
“One of the worst things a visitor can be greeted with is a closed door,” Holleran said.
She said the tourism office at the Cox building will soon be opened seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We will have the office staffed at all times,” she said.
Holleran said another project the tourism office is working on is putting together signs to tell visitors where to find different areas of downtown.
“There are no signs telling people where to go,” she said. “If someone is touring downtown and they’re looking for a specific building, we have to draw out where they need to go, but not everyone is going to have that map in their hands. We want to make it easier for people to find their way through downtown and see all we have to offer.”
According to Holleran, another thing she wants to see happen in the county is to tie in Old Washington, May’s Lick and other areas of the county with Maysville.
“There’s a lot to see in Old Washington and May’s Lick and the Washington Park,” she said. “I see people out all the time there. We’re an active community and we need to show that to everyone who visits. I want to tie in the rest of the county with Maysville. County lines are imaginary. We need to work together to promote everything we have to offer.”
Holleran said she wants to see Maysville thrive.
“Maysville is great,” she said. “I love Maysville, but we need to work toward putting us together in one big package. Visitors want a unique experience. We’re tucked away enough to be able to offer that. People are paying money for experiences, especially the millennial generation. They’re the ones going out and spending the money on their unique and different experiences. They’re not going to Vegas. They’re going to places where they get pictures and bragging rights to say ‘hey, I was there.’ A lot of people are now wanting that instead of typical run-of-the-mill vacations.”
Holleran said she also plans to focus some attention on the businesses in the community. She wants to hold businesses meetings either once a month or every other month to get the perspective of small business owners.
“I’d like to see some hours extended,” she said. “We need better hours, especially better Sunday hours. I want us to work together to discuss what is working and what isn’t. It will be an open forum to discuss all of our concerns.”
Holleran also said the city is still working on the B-line trail, which is expected to generate a great deal of tourism for the town.
“We have several businesses on board,” she said. “The museum is working on their expansion for the tour and we’re expecting it to bring a lot of people to Maysville.”
Holleran has worked for the Maysville tourism office for a few weeks. She previously worked for the Augusta tourism department.