Allegany County Tourism Annual Report - 2007
The Allegany County Office of Tourism and Culture produced 125,000 copies of our annual Travel, Visitors and Outdoor Guide for distribution in our County and region. The guides were distributed through our affiliation with the Chautauqua-Allegheny Region program of the I Love NY campaign at regional travel shows, Thruway rest areas, NYS Parks and Information centers throughout NYS. The guides were also distributed throughout northeastern US states and Canada through contracts with several brochure distribution companies. Approximately 25,000 copies were personally delivered by me to many stores and other public places throughout Allegany County. Unequivocally, the greatest event in the County’s tourism history occurred in 2007 with the launching of our stand-alone tourism website: discoveralleganycounty.com While the Allegany County government website is very good for basic information about our County, it was deemed necessary for our tourism promotion efforts to have its own needed its own website. This was accomplished through the tremendous efforts of Board Chairman Curt Crandall and Economic Development Director John Foels. The County contracted with Rick McLay of Lyric Creative in Andover as our web consultant and Mystic Media in Hornell as our web designers. Many meetings were held in April, May and June with our Tourism Advisory Board members regarding input and design of the site. The site was officially launched on September 13 and met with immediate success. I wish to thank one person in particular for her steadfast help in putting together the annual travel guide and the new website – Patience Reagan, Clerk for the Office of Economic Development. Cathleen Whitfield, confidential secretary to the Economic Develop Director also plays a large role in the success of our office. Respectfully submitted, Craig R. Braack, Allegany County Tourism Specialist.