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Tourism-related workers invited to tour region's attractions

Apr. 21, 2013 @ 11:16 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Tourism-related employees are invited to Huntington the week of May 4 to participate in a Hospitality Tour of some of the area's top local attractions. It's part of National Travel & Tourism Week, which runs May 4 through May 12.

Tuesday, May 7, and Wednesday, May 8, staff of the Cabell Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau will host guided tours to attractions around Cabell County, including Heritage Farm & Museum, Blenko Glass, Huntington Museum of Art, Heritage Station and others. They'll also receive information about other local attractions, such as Camden Park, New River Train, We Are Marshall tour, our many parks, the Keith-Albee, Museum of Radio and Technology, Big Sandy Superstore Arena and the auto museum.

The Huntington Mall, the downtown area and Central City will be highlighted along with other local shopping venues, as well as restaurants and lodging.

The Tuesday tour will begin at 9 a.m. The Wednesday tour will begin at 1 p.m. Both will last approximately three hours. Management, service desk staff, hostesses, front line staff or any other employee that deals with visitors are encouraged to attend.

"People often joke about not being aware of what is available in our own back yard," Cara Hedrick, CVB marketing director, said in a release. "So this is a great way to become more educated about our area. Our goal in providing these tours is to educate local hotel, restaurant, attraction and retail staff on all there is to do in Cabell County. By being a reliable resource to your visitor, the quality of their visit is enhanced as well as their likelihood to return."

Participants will also be provided with Visitor Guides and informational packets that can be used for referral when dealing with visitors.

Space is limited, and reservations should be made by Friday, May 3. To sign up, contact Hedrick at 304-525-7333 or cara@wvvisit.org. There is no charge for CVB members. Nonmembers can join the CVB at an annual cost of $20 per business.

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