WV Tourism E-Notes | December 2011

Published Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 1:16 PM by robertrusso (Robert Russo)

WV Tourism e-Notes

December 2011

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Division of Tourism Debuts Civil War Videos

The West Virginia Division of Tourism, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, has unveiled a series of heritage videos specific to each of the nine travel regions within the state. The Division worked with numerous local historians to ensure the state’s rich history was accurately portrayed throughout the series. The videos offer viewers a look into each region’s past while highlighting modern-day events and attractions.

The videos are available now and may be viewed online at: www.WVTourism.com/CivilWar.



Save the Date – Tourism Day 2012

Tourism Day at the Legislature will be held on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. This event helps to increase awareness of Tourism’s economic impact for the State of West Virginia as well as providing you with a great networking opportunity to meet with local legislators and members of your industry. The upper and lower levels of the Capitol will display more than 80 tourism exhibits. We hope you will plan to participate and look forward to seeing you. Exhibitor registration will begin on Jan. 9, 2012, at www.wvtourism.com.



Requesting Motorcycle Information

If anyone has a motorcycle brochure or information that you want used in some upcoming shows, please send the materials to the Division of Tourism by Jan. 6. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Bostic at Jane.M.Bostic@wv.gov or call at 304-957-9346.

Address:
West Virginia Division of Tourism
Attention: Jane Bostic
90 MacCorkle Ave., SW
South Charleston, WV 25303



A West Virginia Welcome Center with an Artistic Flair

At the I-77 Williamstown Welcome Center we are fortunate to have artist and staff member Boni McKimmie. Each season she creates a special chalk drawing on a blackboard donated by the Friendly Lions Club. This unique blackboard is from the now-closed Friendly Elementary School. Below is an awesome chalk drawing of a fall color wreath Boni prepared for the fall season. If you are in the Williamstown area, stop in and view Boni’s seasonal creations.




AECOM Strategic Tourism Plan Survey

As part of its work on the West Virginia Tourism Plan, AECOM would like to begin to develop an industry database to learn about your involvement in the West Virginia tourism industry, and to seek your ideas regarding the future direction of tourism in the state. Please take a few minutes and complete the survey located at the link below.

http://www.wvtourism.com/IndustrySurvey

Return your completed survey to:
West Virginia Division of Tourism
90 MacCorkle Ave., SW
South Charleston, WV 25303



AAA Projects 91.9 Million Americans Will Travel During Year-End Holidays

AAA forecasts 91.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the 2011-12 year-end holiday travel season, a 1.4 percent increase over one year ago. This year’s expected year-end holiday travel volume is the second-highest in the past decade and represents 30 percent of the total U.S. population. Fifty-nine percent of intending travelers feel the economy has either no impact on their travel plans or they feel like things have improved for them.

Approximately 83.6 million people (91 percent of holiday travelers) plan to take to the nation’s roadways this year-end holiday travel season, a 2.1 percent increase compared to 2010-11. This year’s projected automobile travel volume is the second-highest in the past decade and only 100,000 fewer than the 2006-07 auto travel peak of 83.7 million.



Greenbrier County CVB Launches Mobile Site

The Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is excited to announce the launch of a mobile website: www.GreenbrierWV.mobi.

“With over 30 percent of all Internet traffic coming from a mobile device, we felt it imperative that we make our website user-friendly for this audience,” said Kara Dense, executive director of the CVB. “The mobile site includes all of the features of our regular site, but with easier navigation tools.”

The mobile site can be accessed by entering www.GreenbrierWV.com or www.GreenbrierWV.mobi into the web browser. Users will be automatically directed to the mobile site.



Bridge Walk Featured on MSNBC Site

Bridge Walk was recently featured in “Itineraries,” in the Travel section of MSNBC. The article gives a great review of the experience, as well as a couple of interesting stories.

You can view the complete article at the following address: http://itineraries.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/06/9255477-take-a-leap-of-faith-on-w-va-bridge-walk