Langley chamber chief reports visitor dip

About 200 fewer people popped into the Langley visitor information center the past year compared to the previous year.

Marc Esterly, executive director of the Langley Chamber of Commerce, reported the numbers during a semi-annual presentation to the Langley City Council on Monday. He called the dip “insignificant,” despite Langley’s heavy reliance on tourism.

He also touted the center’s ability to direct people on activities, lodging and dining. They may be first-time visitors to Langley, but once they leave the Anthes Avenue building, they’re practically experts.

“They come in not knowing a lot about Langley,” he said. “When Betty Freeman is done, they know a lot about Langley.”

Of the visitors that popped into the center, Esterly said none complained about the six-month construction during the redesign and structural improvements of Second Street.

Welcome to Langley packages are being worked on by the Langley Chamber of Commerce. Esterly said he and recently deceased businessman Paul Schell discussed tracking new residents and sending them a care package with a letter and coupons to businesses in the city.

The idea, Esterly said, is to invite new residents to sample the city’s offerings, from food to clothing and recreation. He hopes to start implementing it within the month.

“If they come in, we’ll put on a dog-and-pony show about Langley,” he said.


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