Word from Stephen Clifton, the City of Edmonds’ Community Services and Economic Development Director, is that organized tour groups are continuing to put Edmonds on their list of destinations.
Sun Fun Tours out of Canada brought a group of tourists to the City’s downtown last month and plans to bring more this year, Clifton said. On April 11, Texas-based Rockport Tours plans to bring visitors downtown from approximately 12:30 until 2 p.m as part of their sold-out “Seattle & Skagit Valley Tulips” tour.
Additionally, Day Trippers Tours out of California will be stopping downtown June 20 around noon for lunch and shopping, part of its “Great Pacific Northwest Rails & Sails Adventure.”
Tour groups receive brochures highlighting things to do in Edmonds, plus a community calendar of events and a list of all downtown restaurants. “These types of tours where touring buses are used for transportation, tend to explore a region as opposed to just one city,” Clifton noted. “When they land in a community, tourists only have a few hours to eat and shop. Although their visit is brief, it does provide exposure for the city and hopefully tourists will want to return.”