Down-to-earth economic growth through heritage tourism development ...
Since 1995, Jacquie has been working to develop heritage tourism in small communities at the grassroots level all over the United States.
Read what clients have said about Jacquie's approach to heritage tourism development...
"Jacquie is the best listener I have ever met."
“Jacquie came to our small community on several occasions to assist and direct our fledgling tourism business. Her direction was right on target. The advice she gave to shop owners increased their walk-ins, recommendations for curb-appeal and over-all dressing up the downtown area was exactly what we needed. She listened to what we wanted and then delivered. (Jacquie is the best listener I have ever met.) Jacquie knows how to put together a plan and then take it to the next step and move it over the top. 'Wrap it in a big red bow,' as Jacquie would say. Something I have never forgotten.”
Marilou Edwards, Tourism Director
Lexington [Missouri] Tourism Bureau
Results: Six months after Jacquie's first workshop, $200K was raised benefiting the restoration of historic downtown retail district. Within months of Jacquie's Step On Guide Training, Lexington enjoyed the revenue of 89 motor coaches=3,560 people and an estimated revenue of $712,000. (...and that was just in group revenue.)
"Your evaluation of our community helped us...
'...to see aspects of it that we as residents have likely taken for granted and left us with plenty to work on to enhance its visual appeal. Although your list of suggestions was extensive, presenting them in terms of short-, medium-, and long-term projects helped to make them appear more manageable and less overwhelming.
...your extensive experience in the industry helped to convince us that focusing on the lucrative motor coach market is the way to go."
Shirley Roberts, Executive Director
Bay Area [Michigan] Convention & Visitors Bureau
"Oh, no! I'll be bored to tears!"
"When I was told that you would be coming to visit us and that you were planning to speak to us regarding tourism and our city, I thought…'Oh no! Not another one of those speakers? I’ll be bored to tears.' WAS I EVER WRONG!
Your presentation to all in attendance (which included city administrators, shop owners, bankers, businessmen, to say the least) will not be forgotten for a long time to come.
You ‘opened our eyes’ to what we have taken for granted in our community – our small, quaint shops, our buildings and architecture, our historical sites throughout Jackson County - Apple Capital of Ohio. You gave us so many ideas on how to 'revitalize' our city and how to make people who visit us want to return.
We can’t thank you enough!"
Ronald Speakman, City Council President
City of Jackson