Friday, April 26, 2013
Luke Chaffin, Special Projects Coordinator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Free Civil War trolley tours return for National Travel & Tourism Week
ROME, GA. — The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) will once again offer tours free of charge to the public as a part of National Travel & Tourism Week.
The “Be a Tourist in Your Hometown” series takes place aboard the Toonerville Trolley, a 24-passenger trolley that is owned and maintained by the City of Rome.
Free tours will take place Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 1:00pm and 2:30pm and will be led by docent Debbie Galloway.
Tours will last approximately 75 minutes and will begin and end at the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center. Galloway’s tour will take guests through downtown Rome and focus on the area’s rich Civil War history and how it shaped the town.
“The timing of these tours goes together perfectly with this period of the Sesquicentennial Civil War celebration,” said Galloway. “Being able to tell these stories exactly 150 years later gives them an added sense of meaning and heritage.”
Reservations with the Rome – Floyd Visitor Center are required. Seats are limited and are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information and to reserve your place on the free “Be a Tourist in Your Hometown” trolley tours, contact the visitor center at 706-295-5576.
National Travel & Tourism Week is hosted annually by the U.S. Travel Association to encourage the tourism industry and educate the public on the importance of tourism in all communities.
The GRCVB is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Georgia. The GRCVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic fabric of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, meetings, sports and events.
The bureau reports that a study from the U.S. Travel Association shows that tourists spent $117,220,000 in Floyd County during 2011, the most recent year that results are available. In comparison, tourism expenditures were only $82,900,000 in 2002.
“We will continue to be aggressive marketers of Rome and Floyd County and expanding our work with community partners to assure that new visitors travel to our community and experience the amazing culture of Georgia’s Rome,“ said Lisa Smith, GRCVB executive director.
Visit www.RomeGeorgia.org for more information about the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau and tourism in Rome and Floyd County.