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You see them everywhere: confused on the T, in line at your favorite shops, on Duck Tours, snapping pics. The international tourist is part of Boston's landscape given our rich history, world-class universities, and cobblestone streets. We wanted to know more about these people and their shopping habits, so we checked in with Liberty Hotel concierge Renee Norbury.
Which stores and neighborhoods do tourists tend to frequent?
Charles Street, with its amazing selection of little boutiques and shops, is extremely popular. The Liberty is located at the bottom of Charles Street, so visitors can spend a leisurely afternoon strolling around the neighborhood and checking out the stores. Clothing boutiques such as Crush Boutique and Vira are always popular (these stores show at our Fashionably LATE event which is great—we always like having our "neighbors" in for the shows). The high-end shopping options at both The Prudential Center/Copley Place and Newbury Street are quite popular as well. Our visitors frequent Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue, AllSaints and rag & bone Newbury Street.
Which countries' tourists are most interested in shopping recommendations?
Tourists from European and Asian countries.
Are there any boutiques or brands specific to Boston and the US that seem to be a magnet for these tourists?
For guests who want to "buy local" when it comes to fashion, we'll recommend a stop at a local designer's boutique, such as Britt Ryan on Newbury Street.
Do guests ever have trouble carrying out all the goods that they didn't have when they checked in?
Many will have us ship items home for them or will ask where to buy additional luggage to have it checked.
Most represented region in the Liberty's clientele?
North America and Europe.
Have a buddy coming to stay in Boston? The Liberty also boasts special shopping-oriented packages, including a Beacon Hill Boutique package for discounts to those swanky little boutiques, Fashionably Late specific specials offering up front row seats to the weekly fashion shows or VIP tables at the Catwalk club, and finally, they even offer a "Bespoke in Boston" package which includes a custom shirt from men's outfitter J. Hilburn. How savvy.
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