To get a better idea of the impacts Operation Falcon is having on tourism in Saint John, our Falcon Journal staff chatted with Victoria Clarke, the Executive Director of Discover Saint John. Discover Saint John is the region’s destination marketing engine, working to promote Saint John and surrounding region, as a great place to spend your leisure time, and host a conference or major event.
Q. What message would you like to share with the thousands of out of town workers coming to Saint John for Operation Falcon?
A. Welcome! We are delighted to host all of you and we sincerely hope you take some time to explore Saint John – a true East Coast gem.
Q. Operation Falcon started a few weeks ago, how has this influx of people impacted tourist destinations, small businesses, and other local vendors?
A. September and October are traditionally busy months for the city from a cruise and convention perspective, so adding Operation Falcon should be icing on the cake.
Q. If the Operation Falcon Workers have some downtime in the city, what would you recommend they do/see/explore?
A. There are so many ways to experience Saint John. If you love the outdoors, the Irving Nature Park is perfect for hiking and viewing the stunning Bay of Fundy coast. The trail system in Rockwood Park is second to none. Or, enjoy a walk or jog along the waterfront on Harbour Passage. You can also be an urban explorer - take a walk through the historic streets of uptown Saint John, check out some of our art galleries, buy a little something at a local boutique or grab a pint at local watering hole. You also cannot miss the Saint John City Market, Reversing Rapids or the New Brunswick Museum. Find them all on www.discoversaintjohn.com
Q. What does “Fuelled by Atlantic Canada” mean to you?
A. It’s about being a proud ambassador for your community. No one can sell Saint John or Atlantic Canada as well as the people who are proud to call it home. Share the positive stories with friends, family and strangers. Whether you’ve found an awesome new restaurant to try, or are excited about the benefits of a project like Operation Falcon, spread the word on the amazing things happening in our region.
Q. For those entering our selfie contest, what is your suggestion for the best place to take a selfie in Saint John?
A. The John Hooper statues at Barbours General Store are a huge hit with visitors or anything on the waterfront – we are the only city on the Bay of Fundy.