The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 12, 2014

Visitors guide available

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

DANVILLE — DANVILLE – The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau (CMVB) has just released its 2014 Visitors Guide.

This 64-page guide is the bureau’s key image piece, and 85,000 copies will be distributed throughout the upcoming year to prospective visitors. People come here for a variety of reasons – from hunting, fishing and hiking, to university activities, Geisinger, antiques, covered bridges, Knoebels, the Bloomsburg Fair, Covered Bridge and Arts Festival and the Benton Rodeo. 

The CMVB utilizes this magazine in a variety of ways. Through local and national advertising, 17,000 guides are mailed out upon request, as well as distributed at select Welcome Centers, Rest Stops and AAA’s across Pennsylvania. The Visitors Guides are given to all The Bureau’s members and are also supplied within relocation and recruitment packets in partnership with local businesses.

With the help of their members, this year’s visitors guide maintains its magazine style format with four different articles throughout the guide.  Articles include Carlisle Events detailing the Bloomsburg Nationals car show which took place at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds; Great Outdoors describing the picturesque recreational activities Columbia and Montour counties have to offer; Forks Farm depicting the 86-acre farm and its market which prides itself on feeding healthy alternatives to mass-produced, packaged supermarket food; and Covered Bridge Puzzles illustrating the memento for covered bridge enthusiasts sold by the visitors bureau since 2011.

The visitors bureau worked with AdOne Advertising & Design on the production of the 2014 visitors guide.  The cover displays a picturesque fall scene highlighting the Sam Eckman Covered Bridge and a photo collection, featuring Kozmo’s Kurves at Knoebels Amusement Resort (courtesy of Knoebels); a waterfall at Ricketts Glen State Park (provided by the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau); and a day on the water at PPL Montour Preserve taken by Ryan Sabo. The Visitors Guide features photography taken by CMVB Staff, Chris Hann (Carlisle Events), Forks Farm, Williamsport Crosscutters, Briggs Blues Farm, Turkey Hill Brewing Company, Old Forge Brewing Company, Canoe Susquehanna, and Knoebels Amusement Resort.

The guide is broken into nine different segments, including: How to Find Us (including detailed maps of Columbia and Montour counties), Calendar of Events, Attractions and Events, Food and Dining, Lodging, Recreation, Shopping, Community Services and a Member Index. Each section highlights the bureau’s 200-plus members.

The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau believes tourism is critical to the economic well-being of the region and will continue to market, promote and support our local communities.  The number of travelers visiting Pennsylvania in 2012 posted the highest growth rate since the recession, with the state hosting an estimated 192.3 million domestic and international travelers. Hotels and meeting facilities, attractions, cultural institutions, restaurants, tour companies and transportation providers employed more than 470,000 Pennsylvanians in 2012, representing 6.5 percent of the state’s total employment. That same year, the tourism industry generated more than $4 billion in state and local taxes.  Tourism benefits all Pennsylvanians… Pennsylvania’s state and local governments would have to tax each household an additional $810 per year to replace the taxes generated by travel and tourism. In our region alone travelers spent $622 million in 2012, maintaining the highest proportion of spending on food and beverages among the state’s 11 tourism regions. 

The visitors bureau encourages residents to support local tourism assets.

Free copies of the visitors guide are available at 121 Papermill Road, Bloomsburg,  or 316 Mill St. For those living outside the area planning a trip to Columbia and Montour counties, a full version is available for instant download from their website, www.iTourColumbiaMontour.com.

 

 

DANVILLE – The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau (CMVB) has just released its 2014 Visitors Guide.

This 64-page guide is the bureau’s key image piece, and 85,000 copies will be distributed throughout the upcoming year to prospective visitors. People come here for a variety of reasons – from hunting, fishing and hiking, to university activities, Geisinger, antiques, covered bridges, Knoebels, the Bloomsburg Fair, Covered Bridge and Arts Festival and the Benton Rodeo. 

The CMVB utilizes this magazine in a variety of ways. Through local and national advertising, 17,000 guides are mailed out upon request, as well as distributed at select Welcome Centers, Rest Stops and AAA’s across Pennsylvania. The Visitors Guides are given to all The Bureau’s members and are also supplied within relocation and recruitment packets in partnership with local businesses.

With the help of their members, this year’s visitors guide maintains its magazine style format with four different articles throughout the guide.  Articles include Carlisle Events detailing the Bloomsburg Nationals car show which took place at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds; Great Outdoors describing the picturesque recreational activities Columbia and Montour counties have to offer; Forks Farm depicting the 86-acre farm and its market which prides itself on feeding healthy alternatives to mass-produced, packaged supermarket food; and Covered Bridge Puzzles illustrating the memento for covered bridge enthusiasts sold by the visitors bureau since 2011.

The visitors bureau worked with AdOne Advertising & Design on the production of the 2014 visitors guide.  The cover displays a picturesque fall scene highlighting the Sam Eckman Covered Bridge and a photo collection, featuring Kozmo’s Kurves at Knoebels Amusement Resort (courtesy of Knoebels); a waterfall at Ricketts Glen State Park (provided by the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau); and a day on the water at PPL Montour Preserve taken by Ryan Sabo. The Visitors Guide features photography taken by CMVB Staff, Chris Hann (Carlisle Events), Forks Farm, Williamsport Crosscutters, Briggs Blues Farm, Turkey Hill Brewing Company, Old Forge Brewing Company, Canoe Susquehanna, and Knoebels Amusement Resort.

The guide is broken into nine different segments, including: How to Find Us (including detailed maps of Columbia and Montour counties), Calendar of Events, Attractions and Events, Food and Dining, Lodging, Recreation, Shopping, Community Services and a Member Index. Each section highlights the bureau’s 200-plus members.

The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau believes tourism is critical to the economic well-being of the region and will continue to market, promote and support our local communities.  The number of travelers visiting Pennsylvania in 2012 posted the highest growth rate since the recession, with the state hosting an estimated 192.3 million domestic and international travelers. Hotels and meeting facilities, attractions, cultural institutions, restaurants, tour companies and transportation providers employed more than 470,000 Pennsylvanians in 2012, representing 6.5 percent of the state’s total employment. That same year, the tourism industry generated more than $4 billion in state and local taxes.  Tourism benefits all Pennsylvanians… Pennsylvania’s state and local governments would have to tax each household an additional $810 per year to replace the taxes generated by travel and tourism. In our region alone travelers spent $622 million in 2012, maintaining the highest proportion of spending on food and beverages among the state’s 11 tourism regions. 

The visitors bureau encourages residents to support local tourism assets.

Free copies of the visitors guide are available at 121 Papermill Road, Bloomsburg,  or 316 Mill St. For those living outside the area planning a trip to Columbia and Montour counties, a full version is available for instant download from their website, www.iTourColumbiaMontour.com.