GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (July 14, 2021) – The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (FCCVB) will relocate its office and Visitor Center to 213 S. Nicolet Rd., Appleton, WI, 54914. Extensive renovations are slated to begin on the new space in the next few weeks with a tentative completion date of November 2021.
The goal of the relocation is twofold: enhance the visitor experience in the Fox Cities and improve the ease of access to the Visitor Center. Formerly a restaurant, the 5,500 square foot space will undergo a complete redesign to create a modern, state-of-the-art Visitor Center and office. Notable additions to the new Visitor Center will include video displays and modern visitor amenities like charging stations, while the office space will feature multiple collaboration spaces for staff use.
“We are looking forward to a fresh start and driving the tourism recovery in the Fox Cities from our new location,” said Pam Seidl, Executive Director of the FCCVB. “The new facility, Nicolet Square, is a wonderfully maintained space that supports the image and environment we want as we welcome visitors.”
Remaining near I41 and Appleton International Airport were key components of the relocation planning, as both are major contributors to Visitor Center traffic. The traffic flow at the College Avenue/Nicolet Road intersection will allow for easier navigation to the Visitor Center, something appreciated by visitors unfamiliar with the area.
The FCCVB Board of Directors approved the relocation plan in May, understanding and supporting the need for a better location and upgraded space.
“As the first point of contact for many travelers entering the area, it’s important for the Fox Cities Visitor Center to provide a high-quality first impression of our region,” said Amanda Hedtke, FCCVB Board Chair and General Manager of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Appleton. “A new office space and Visitor Center will ensure FCCVB staff are equipped to best serve an increasing number of travelers as the tourism industry continues to rebound.”
Visitors can still stop by the FCCVB at its current location through July 27th. During the renovations, the FCCVB office and Visitor Center will be located in a temporary space - 259 S. Nicolet Rd. – in the same building as the 213 S. Nicolet location. The FCCVB and Visitor Center will open in the temporary space on July 28th and retain normal operating hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau strengthens the local economy by investing in and promoting our community. In the Fox Cities, which includes 19 communities, visitor spending totaled more than $511 million in 2019. The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau estimates this direct spending supported more than 5,850 jobs and $114 million in income for Fox Cities residents. www.foxcities.org