Lorie Smith: Moving forward with a tourism strategy

Column by Lorie Smith
www.loriesmith.com
 

I’m happy to report that last week’s Tourism Summit was a tremendous success! Approximately 35 business representatives and interested citizens came out to show support for a strategic tourism initiative in Waynesboro.

All in attendance agreed that city officials, business owners and residents must partner and collaborate to aggressively market Waynesboro as a tourist destination. Given our proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive and the Appalachian Trail, not to mention countless other regional attractions, Waynesboro is ideal for daytrips and multi-day stays. Additionally, the South River makes Waynesboro an attractive destination for outdoor enthusiasts and sportsmen.

We are surrounded by stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, historic spots, outdoor recreation, wineries and so much more. It’s time that Waynesboro capitalizes on our assets and brings tourism revenue to our city. Tourism can play a key role in growing our economic base, developing new job opportunities and keeping our taxes low.

I have 8-10 motivated individuals and business owners who are interested in forming a Tourism Advisory Group. In the coming weeks, I’ll work closely with this group to schedule initial meetings and brainstorm about strategies. I envision this as an independent group that will partner with Waynesboro’s Office on Economic Development and the Economic Development Authority. With grassroots effort from local citizens and businesses, Waynesboro has unlimited tourism potential.

I’m eager to keep the positive momentum from the Tourism Summit going. Please feel free to e-mail me if you are interested in participating in this exciting initiative.

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.




augusta free press
augusta free press
augusta free press news