bobmorry, I agree. I am not from Victoria, and as a new member of this community I would agree that it is definitely a "blue collar" town, however the small town charm is nice. Hopefully the City of Victoria will invest in an attraction large enough, such as a shopping district or outlets of some sort...... basically find a project to invest in that has the ability to attract tourism. There must be a need by someone or why would they even explore this opportunity? I would love to see a collaboration of sorts.
thepatriot - you are right. I have been there and it is very nice.The difference is there are tons of things to do within 30 or so minutes (Wimberley - shops and dining: Gruene/New Braunfels -shops, dining, live music,: San Marcos - shops, dining, attractions: Canyon Lake)
Take a look at the City of San Marcos, Texas. They have an unbelievable Hotel and Convention Center. The Embassy Suites partnered with the City of San Marcos and built a hotel, spa, and convention center. The property is gorgeous and the attached convention center is phenomenal. Please take a look at this collaboration and if anything is built, please do it right!
"they need to stop worrying about attracting tourist to this area and focus on attracting industry.
how many caterpillar vendors are local officials in discussion with ?"
Let's get business and industry here and as a result the market demand will require that someone come in and build a large convention hotel. If there is a need someone will fill it. That's how they make money. Without it all you have is a big empty hotel. It's like the cart before the horse. We need jobs, jobs, jobs. And when we have those we need better jobs. Always strive for better, stronger, and more diverse industry. That way the downturns have less effect locally because their burden is spread.
We just need to make sure that all those tourist flocking to Victoria bring their boots. Not sure why. They can wear them to HEB I guess.
they need to stop worrying about attracting tourist to this area and focus on attracting industry.
how many caterpillar vendors are local officials in discussion with ?
Convention hotel in Victoria is a slim bet. San Antonio- River walk, Corpus Christi - Beach, Houston-Everything, Victoria-Texas Zoo. Really?
"drawing tourists to the Crossroads who could also take advantage of shopping, restaurants and other activities."
Anybody tell me where these places are around here? Shopping is minimal-the mall is a mess-, restaurants are humdrum with poor customer service, and what activity takes more than an hour to do.
Did anyone even notice that Tejas closed down?
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I have to agree with myvu. The restaurants here are mediocre. It's difficult to understand why residents accept mediocre food in this town.
Also, the mall is non-too attractive and needs cleaning and updating.
Victoria DOES have shopping!
According to the Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau's points of interest map, we have H-E-B, H-E-B Plus, Target, Victoria Mall and Wal-mart.
I noticed a pad of these maps at the register at Fossati's yesterday. Folks should check around--these maps are probably available lots of places. Pick one up. Find out what Victoria points of interest are being promoted.
"Today's meeting planners look for hotels with everything in one location, including close proximity to dining and shopping, she said, so that would play a role in determining its location."Well, with that said, Victoria should be eliminated from their radar. Victoria has no shopping and a skimpy supply of restaurants.