Business of Tourism Workshop A Must For Those Wanting To Create Or Improve Their Business In Bath County

Warm Springs, VA – Since coming off the successful Mountain Strings and Arts Festival, Bath County’s Tourism Director Maggie Anderson hasn’t slowed down. She is working on getting information out about all that Bath County has to offer. And she’s excited about an opportunity coming up for those in the area who have a tourism related business or those who want to start one. It’s a free workshop called “Business of Tourism.”

“There are going to be a lot of people there who will be providing assistance to anyone who has a thought about how to improve a business they already have or in this new economy figure out a new way to promote or create a business plan, this workshop is designed for you” says Anderson. “If you want to start a new business in Bath County, mayby you see a need for retail, for a restaurant; if you’re thinking at all in those lines, you need to attend this workshop. It’s free, it’s full of great information and you will learn that there’s a huge support network out there within the state of Virginia that will help you get business started.”

The workshop is going to be held at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College on Thursday May 26 from 8 until noon, and preregistration is required. Call the Allegheny Chamber at 540-962-2178. Anderson has also been working on a project to get Bath County information out to those who are traveling throughout the county.

“We put in a new tourism service; these are tourism racks that were build by Joey Altizer’s students over at the high school” says Anderson. “The racks are being put in the convenience stores, so a big shout out to Millboro Mercantile they were our first test market. Also now Warm Springs Market will be receiving them, Pit Stop, Mountain Grove, Oak Ridge will be getting them in the next few months.”

“The purpose of the tourism racks is to provide critical information about what’s available in terms of attractions, lodging, food and retail here in Bath County.”

And work is underway to get the word out about Bath County in another format.

“We are creating a new advertising tagline; you recognize Nike because it says Just Do It’, well we creating a similar kind of catchy phrase for Bath County” says Anderson. “A part of this program will also be the creation of new websites We want to make sure that our web presence is very strong and really shows all the things that are available to tourists. So we’re going to be creating a new tourism website, a new County website, and a new Chamber [of Commerce] website, and we’ll be utilizing the new tagline.”

For more information about tourism efforts in Bath, contact Maggie Anderson at 839-7202.

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Heather Niday

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