Chamber of Central Mass South to Move Offices
Sturbridge Tourist Information Center to Close November 1
Sturbridge, Mass., Oct 24, 2016 – After more than twenty years at its current location on Route 20, the Chamber of Central Mass South will move its offices on Tuesday, November 8 to its new home at 46 Hall Road in Sturbridge. The Chamber’s lease officially ended on March 31 of this year, and after thorough consideration with the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Old Sturbridge Village and the Town of Sturbridge, the determination was made that the best course of action was to extend the lease through the 2016 season and close the Sturbridge Tourist Information Center on November 1, 2016.
With the increased prevalence of smart phones providing instant hand-held maps and information, foot traffic to the Information Center has decreased from about 26,000 visitors eight years ago to less than 5,000 this year. The Chamber will continue to serve the interests of our tourism sector, maintaining the area’s tourism website and facebook page, the toll-free tourist information phone number, and continue to fulfill information requests about the area in person, via email and through quarterly tourism e-mail blasts. The Chamber will also continue its work with the Sturbridge Tourist Association to secure funds to market the area and attract visitors. The Chamber will continue to produce events such as the Annual Harvest Festival and our area’s summer geocaching event, C-MASS GEOFEST.
The Chamber’s new office will allow it to offer new services for members. The new space will feature a fully equipped board room as well as a member work station that can be reserved for use by Chamber members who are between meetings or appointments. Once the move is complete and the workstation is online, users can easily connect to the provided internet access and remain productive. Starting in January, the Chamber will also host a series of brown bag lunch seminars in the new space, free for Chamber members, on the fourth Tuesday of each month covering a wide variety of interesting topics. Feel free to contact the Chamber of Central Mass South at 508-347-2761 if we can be of assistance or if you have questions regarding the move.