Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Luke Chaffin, Special Projects Coordinator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: National tourism week activities, river cruise, free trolley tours announced
ROME, GA. — The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) has announced several events designed to encourage locals to be visitors in their own town as a part of the National Travel & Tourism Week celebration, May 3-11, 2014.
“Tourism is one of the most important sectors in Rome and Floyd County, with the proven ability to be a true engine for economic development,” said Lisa Smith, GRCVB executive director. “We believe it to be very important for our fellow Romans to embrace and understand the impact of travel and tourism to our quality of life in Georgia’s Rome.”
Rome’s “Be a Tourist in Your Hometown” celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week includes the following events and activities:
• Through May 11- I ♥My Rome-Town photo contest- Individuals are asked to take photographs showing themselves alongside favorite Rome landmarks and post to Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win a free t-shirt and other gifts from Georgia’s Rome. More information can be found at www.Facebook.com/RomeGeorgia.
• Monday, April 28- Proclamation by Mayor Jamie Doss and the Rome City Commission of National Travel & Tourism Week in Rome. The declaration will be announced at 6:30 p.m. at the commission meeting at Rome City Hall, 601 Broad St.
• May 3-11- Travel and tourism workers and supporters are asked to wear the color red to show unity and support during National Travel & Tourism Week.
• May 3-11- Visitors and locals can send free postcards at no charge from the Last Stop Gift Shop and Rome-Floyd Visitor Center located at 402 Civic Center Dr.
• Saturday, May 3- Free tours aboard the Toonerville Trolley will be led by docent Debbie Galloway, featuring Jackson Hill and historic Downtown Rome, highlighting the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Tours depart from the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour each. Reservations are required in advance and each tour is limited to 24 passengers.
• Sunday, May 4- The Rolling on the River Sunday Cruise on the Sulzbacher Roman Holiday returns with Capt. Dennis Nordeman. Tour departs at 2 p.m. from the Heritage Park dock. Tour is limited to 45 passengers and reservations must be made ahead of time. Admission: adults, $8; children under 12, $5.
• Wednesday, May 7– Surprise on-site presentations of Superstar of Service customer service award winners will take place at respective places of business.
Nominations for the GRCVB’s Superstar of Service customer service awards are open through Thursday, May 1. The program recognizes the outstanding customer relations of individuals from a variety of industries in Rome and Floyd County. Superstars are nominated by the public and are chosen by GRCVB Board of Directors and staff. Nomination forms can be found at www.RomeGeorgia.org/about-us/Superstar-of-Service-award, or at the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center.
“Through the visitor center and out in the community we come in contact with many residents who aren’t aware of the various attractions, events and activities that Georgia’s Rome offers,” said Luke Chaffin, GRCVB special projects coordinator. “We are excited to be able to again encourage our locals to see Rome through the eyes of a tourist with these fun activities during National Travel & Tourism Week.”
National Travel & Tourism Week is hosted annually by the U.S. Travel Association to encourage support for the tourism industry, and to educate the public on the importance of tourism in all communities. One central focus of this year’s campaign is to encourage individuals to examine the American “day-off deficit” and inspire citizens to use their time off that has been earned and deserved through hard work.
The 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.
According to reports from the U.S. Travel Association, tourists spent $125,090,000 in Floyd County during 2012, the most recent year that results are available. In comparison, tourism expenditures were only $90,360,000 in 2002.
For more information about National Travel & Tourism Week, visit www.USTravel.org. To learn more about tourism in Rome and Floyd County and the “Be a Tourist in Your Hometown” celebration, call 706.295.5576 or visit www.RomeGeorgia.org.