Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Kristi Kent, Communications Director
ROME, GA. — Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) invites the public to the official ribbon cutting ceremony and opening of the Downtown Rome Welcome Center on Saturday, December 13. The ribbon cutting will be held at 10:30 a.m. and the Welcome Center will open at 11:00 a.m.
The Welcome Center is located at 300 W. 1st Street adjacent to the Town Green and urban riverfront. It’s close access to parking, Forum Civic Center, restaurants, and the rivers allow visitors the ease of obtaining information without leaving the historic district.
Mike Burnes, GRCVB Board Chairman, is excited for the addition of the center to downtown: “The opening of the GRCVB Downtown Welcome Center is another example of how willing the GRCVB is to serve as many people as possible. With new hotels being built downtown, the new Welcome Center will be in an area that is becoming more of a focal point for visitors and locals in the Rome area.”
The center will be staffed during peak times for visitors which will vary dependent on events at The Forum and in downtown. For the busy holiday shopping season, the center will open both Saturday, December 13 and Saturday, December 20 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Welcome Center will offer parking validations for the 3rd Avenue Parking Deck to out-of-town visitors with valid I.D.
Inside the center, guests can attain information on everything Rome has to offer. Gifts and souvenirs sourced from The Last Stop Gift Shop will also be available for guests to purchase.
The renovations required to build the downtown Welcome Center are made possible by community supported 2013 SPLOST funds.
The Welcome Center serves as an official visitor information center and is a satellite office of the Greater Rome Conventions & Visitors Bureau. For more information on the new downtown Welcome Center, visit www.RomeGeorgia.org or call 706-295-5576.
The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Ga. The GRCVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic prosperity of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, meetings, sports and events.