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6/18/2013 10:31:00 AM
Editorial: Hey man, help a tourist out
Williams-Grand Canyon News

We welcome the sights and sounds of tourists returning to Williams for the summer and fall seasons. It's up to everybody in Williams to make visitors feel welcome.

Unfortunately, it is human nature to remember bad things over good when discussing travels and experiences with friends. Let's do all we can to create positive memories for our guests.

It's no longer a secret that Williams is a great place to visit. You can be a huge part of the success of each and every event that attracts visitors. It doesn't matter if you are a business owner or a full- or part-time resident, you can make a difference.

You can help by maintaining your property. Clean the exterior of your residence or business. Brighten up the community by painting. Rid your property of weeds and debris. It doesn't take a lot of money to show you care.

When approached by visitors, be friendly. Answer their questions. Provide directions to your favorite hangouts and let folks know where you like to eat. Never forget that tourism is our lifeline. Without guests, many of us would not have a place to work.

We all should be proud of where we live and become educated enough about our area to share what we know with our visitors. Find out why everyone is coming to Williams. Attend a parade, rodeo or special event. Spend some time pretending to be a tourist in your own town. See firsthand what the Williams-Forest Service Visitor Center offers not only tourists, but also locals. There's tons of free literature about our area and the staff is more than happy to tell you everything you want or need to know. A little effort goes a long way.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: Whodunnit McGee

Hey Kemp, I would direct people to Williams businesses if I supported dishonesty, and ripping people off. But when someone can get the same tourist memorabilia, nick-nacks, etc., at a fraction of the price by going to Flagstaff, Ash Fork, or Seligman even after factoring in gas used, I will direct them there. You know it's wrong when you can go into a business and tell them you're a resident of the town and get an additional 10-30% off.
I did move out of town too, maybe I will rent my houses out for 5 times my mortgage payments like all you non-greedy Williams folk do to.

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Creager

This little town is what is known as a seasonal town. Business is good during the summer vacation times, the rest of the year, not so much. The monthly rent fees to occupy a small business store are extremely expensive. If the greedy building owners would give the small businesses a break on the monthly expense of the rent, I feel strongly that the town would be much better off.

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Kemp

Hey McGee, try directing tourist to Williams businesses. You turn coat. If you like Flagstaff so much, move there. We really don't need you here.

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Mending Fences

There and coats and shoes in most of the shops downtown, why send them to the Dollar Store???? I am a weekend summertime tourist to Williams and I have been for many years, it is a wonderful town with many friendly shop owners. Keep up the good work and see you Friday :-)

Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Article comment by: Jeremiah Sheward

every good tourist knows that when they buy their shenanigans in a little town like this the shops don't have the buying power of the mega chain stores and thus will have higher prices. most will buy a few small items anyway regardless, of someones recommendation but, I like to recommend them to places that I would shop based on how I was treated ~3 years ago when I was a tourist then again when I first came to town.

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Article comment by: Ron Pauly

I had a tourist ask where to buy a jacket. Since most people shop in Flagstaff, I could only come up with the dollar store as an answer. Shoes are a problem here also.

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Article comment by: Williams Resident I

Here's another editorial about the way Williams looks, the third year in a row that I remember.
Most residents are proud of their property and keep it cleaned up with the exception of the owner of the buildings between McGuillicuddy's and the Saya gas station....Those buildings STILL look BAD!! Come on city this is on the main street that the tourists walk.
The paint job was more of a whitewash, a grey color that looks like garage floor paint (guess the city told them to paint), the windows look like they haven't been dusted/washed for years, the drapes are falling down, and then there are the huge posters in the window.
What a wonderful sight for the tourists!
Why doesn't the city get the owner to clean this up??
What part of 'your property looks like crap' doesn't the owner understand?
Step up to the plate WIlliams residents and insist that this be cleaned up!

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Whodunnit McGee

I for one always help the tourists out and direct them to sped their money in Flag rather than this little sorry excuse for a town, where everyone tries to rip everyone else off. You should too.

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