Preparations for 2017 Visitor Guide Underway

Preparations for 2017 Visitor Guide Underway
Covers from the Cornwall and Counties Visitors Guide.

CORNWALL, Ontario – Work is underway on the production of a 2017 Visitor Guide that will introduce Cornwall and SDG to visitors.

The guide will be the first project to mark the collaboration of the City and United Counties under a new model to deliver tourism marketing and visitor services. 

"Work began on the new guide several weeks ago," says Bob Peters, Division Manager of Economic Development with the City of Cornwall. "Our goal is to encourage visitors to add additional stops while in the area, be it visiting shops, having a meal or staying overnight at one of our hotels." 

The 2017 Visitor Guide will include information on accommodations, merchants, restaurants, attractions and and activities – in addition to having a calendar of events. 

"We are committed to ensuring visitors have a resource to help them explore the entire region," says Terry Besner, Economic Development and Communications Officer with the United Counties of SDG. "The 2017 guide will be full of interesting photos and itinerary ideas." 

The 2017 Visitor Guide will feature a number of changes from recent years, most notably a more compact size and the inclusion of maps. 

"The digest size will make it more convenient for visitors to carry the guide and maps will help them find their way," adds Mr. Peters. 

The Guide is a co-operative effort between the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of SDG with all costs being equally split. The project is being spearheaded by Linda Wilson, new Tourism Co-ordinator for the City and Shauna Baggs, Tourism Co-ordinator for the United Counties of SDG. The cost of the guide will be partly offset by advertising, and TC Media will once again produce the publication. The number of guides produced will be increased this year. 

"Any company looking to reach potential customers visiting the area should consider supporting the Visitor Guide," says Ms. Besner. 

A grant has been secured from the Cornwall and the Counties Community Futures Development Corporation to produce a French version of the guide. 

The guide will be distributed at various locations, including Ontario Travel Centres, area attractions, local hotels and merchants, as well as at three trade shows in the early part of 2017. The distribution date for the guide is March 2017.

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