Mini Poll: What Sells Best?

Do you work in the St. Louis hospitality industry?

Yes:
 8%
No, not directly but my job depends on it:
 6%
No:
 86%

Do you think that the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission is doing a better job today than it was five years ago?

Yes:
 36%
No:
 14%
About the same:
 49%

Which group do you think the Convention & Visitors Commission does a better job at attracting to St. Louis?

Conventions:
 63%
Tourists and visitors:
 37%

Do you think that real tourists have to be visiting St. Louis from a foreign country, or do you think that visitors from other states or other parts of Missouri or Illinois also count as tourists?

Tourists have to come from a foreign country:
 0%
Tourists have to come from a foreign country or from a state other than Missouri and Illinois:
 7%
Tourists just have to live or work someplace other than the St. Louis metro area:
 93%

Do you think that St. Louis is an interesting enough city for a tourist to visit?

Yes:
 88%
No:
 12%

Do you think St. Louis is too expensive for a tourist to visit?

It's cheap compared to other major cities:
 58%
Prices are fine:
 35%
Prices are expensive, but worth it:
 1%
It's outrageously expensive:
 5%

Which of the following country's tourists get your vote as St. Louis's best tourists -- based on manners and behavior?

Germany:
 6%
Japan:
 11%
France:
 3%
Great Britain:
 9%
Australia:
 10%
India:
 2%
China:
 5%
Italy:
 2%
Ireland:
 5%
Mexico:
 1%
Israel:
 1%
Canada:
 8%
United States, excluding Chicago:
 12%
United States:
 27%

Which of the following country's tourists get your vote as St. Louis's best tourists -- based on generosity and willingness to spend money?

Germany:
 8%
Japan:
 17%
France:
 2%
Great Britain:
 6%
Australia:
 4%
India:
 1%
China:
 7%
Italy:
 1%
Ireland:
 3%
Mexico:
 1%
Israel:
 0%
Canada:
 6%
United States, excluding Chicago:
 7%
United States:
 37%

Which of the following is the activity you would be most likely to suggest to a tourist as something to do in St. Louis that they could (or would) not do back home?

Eating at local restaurants/food trucks:
 7%
Drinking at local bars and clubs:
 1%
Listening to music:
 2%
Exploring local neighborhoods:
 18%
Shopping at local stores and shops:
 2%
Watching local television or reading the local newspaper:
 0%
Visiting cultural institutions:
 51%
Watching a professional sporting event:
 10%
Living here:
 9%

Which of the following places would you be most likely to suggest to a tourist as a "must-see in St. Louis"?

The Arch:
 21%
City Museum:
 16%
City Garden:
 2%
The Zoo:
 14%
Anheuser-Busch Brewery:
 3%
Forest Park:
 13%
The Loop:
 1%
Eads Bridge:
 0%
City Hall:
 0%
BJC medical complex:
 1%
Grand Avenue Water Tower:
 1%
Busch Stadium:
 1%
The Old Courthouse:
 3%
Soulard Market:
 1%
Missouri Botanical Garden:
 23%

Which of the following City neighborhoods or districts would you be most likely to show to a tourist as St. Louis's most interesting?

The Ville:
 0%
Soulard:
 12%
Benton Park:
 1%
Shaw:
 4%
Lewis Place:
 0%
Washington Avenue:
 2%
Carondelet:
 1%
The Grove:
 1%
South Grand:
 7%
Central West End's private streets:
 25%
Old North St. Louis:
 1%
Lafayette Square:
 10%
The Loop:
 16%
St. Louis Hills:
 1%
Cherokee Street:
 2%
Tower Grove:
 2%
The Hill:
 14%

Do you think that St. Louis is more ready to receive and entertain tourists than it was five years ago?

Yes:
 53%
No:
 10%
About the same:
 37%

Do St. Louis's schools, colleges, and universities do a good enough job preparing people to work in the local hospitality industry?

Yes:
 48%
No:
 52%

Which of the following things do you think it is most important that St. Louis do better for tourists?

Improve the airport:
 13%
Teach taxi drivers to be more helpful to tourists:
 3%
Install more signage to help people find things in St. Louis:
 9%
Install more signage in languages other than English:
 1%
Add streetcars and shuttles to public transportation:
 20%
Market St. Louis more strongly in countries -- like Lebanon, Italy, Germany, France, and Bosnia -- that have been big parts of our heritage:
 11%
Reconnect Downtown to the riverfront:
 43%

If you were to ask a tourist to St. Louis what they BEST liked about us, which of the following do you think they would most likely mention first?

The architecture:
 14%
The people:
 20%
The sports:
 6%
The weather:
 0%
The music:
 0%
The convenience of most places:
 6%
The parks:
 2%
The landmarks and monuments, like the Arch:
 18%
The cultural institutions, like the Art Museum:
 18%
The prices:
 9%
The food:
 3%
The public transportation:
 2%

Do you plan to be a tourist yourself somewhere in the next year?

Yes:
 86%
No:
 14%

Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.