The Randolph County Convention and Visitor's Bureau explained how the organization is helping promote Elkins and Randolph County to Elkins City Council recently. Board President Chelley Depp said the CVB partners with several organizations to help better reach potential visitors.
"The CVB utilizes a lot of partnerships," Depp said at the Sept. 20 council meeting. "We partner with the railroad, American Mountain Theater and several local festivals."
The CVB has partnered with the Riverside Blues Fest, Rich Mountain Battlefield and even the Old Brick Playhouse's Apprentice Program. Depp said the Old Brick is a tourist attraction due to the amount of people that come in to watch the performances.
She said the partnerships allow the CVB to "stretch" money to pay for more advertisements and to promote the area. Council was given a copy of the bureau's financial statement and materials showing where money is being spent.
Depp said the CVB receives approximately $180,000 in hotel/motel tax money from the city and the Randolph County Commission.
"The most important part to me is that there are no errors with our reporting or our accounting," Depp said.
Depp said the CVB has advertised the area in several different venues, including the Pittsburgh Pirates Yearbook, the Pittsburgh Steelers Yearbook, Parade Magazine, the West Virginia Travel Guide and Guest Quest Travel Magazine, among many others.
She said the advertisement is paying off with the amount of people that are coming to the center and requesting information. She said the CVB welcomed 17,432 visitors to the area, not including bus groups, last year. She said the bureau receives around 30 phone calls per day requesting information.
"The CVB's doors are open," she told council members. "If any of you want to come out and see how we work and where the visitors are coming from, you can.
Randolph County Development Authority Executive Director Robbie Morris also spoke on behalf of the RCCVB.
"I would like to applaud the actions of the RCCVB," he said. "The way they have partnered with other organizations ... is substantial."
He said the RCCVB's promotion of the area is very important and encouraged council to support the RCCVB in any way possible.
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