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DCVB to Host J-1 Visa Employer Forum

The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) has teamed up with the Pulse to provide a monthly overview of what’s happening in the tourism industry and at the DCVB.

by Cambria Mueller and Jen Rogers

Here at the Door County Visitor Bureau, we’re gearing up for the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism, to be held March 17-19 in Wisconsin Dells. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism hosts this conference, at which speakers from around the country discuss hospitality, travel, tourism and recreation practices, and attendees will be introduced to the new governor, Tony Evers, and the new secretary of tourism, Sara Meaney. Held annually in March, the conference is a great place to network and gather plenty of useful information. There’s still time to register at wigcot.eventsair.com/wigcot2019/.

Want to plan a stay-cation? Sometimes it’s nice to be a “visitor” in your own community. Learn more about the place we’re so lucky to call home by joining our 234,000 newsletter subscribers at doorcounty.com/newsletter. Sign up to receive monthly and quarterly Door County content: special offers, recipes, history, event news and more.

Do you have a question about Door County? Ask DoCo: Our very own Jon Jarosh answers the most commonly asked visitor questions in informative, yet humorous “Ask DoCo” video segments at  doorcounty.com/askdoco.

This past month, our Media Marketing Program welcomed eight journalists during a three-day, winter-themed press trip. They explored the peninsula by hiking, snowshoeing, tasting wine, dining and visiting galleries. Some of the media outlets to which these journalists contribute are Midwest Living, Taste of Home, AAA, cnn.com and National Geographic Traveler. The 2018 year-in-review document for our Media Marketing Program is available at tinyurl.com/ybch9oz6.

The J-1 Visa Summer Work Travel program is a cultural-exchange opportunity through which students gain new skills, improve their English, share their culture and explore ours. Last year, 486 J-1 participants worked at businesses throughout Door County.

Are you a local business owner who wants to know more about the program? DCVB is planning a J-1 Employer Forum for Monday, April 29, 8-11:30 am, at the Kress Pavilion. It will offer a great chance to learn about the J-1 program, hear from past participating businesses and consider how to make the program the best it can be for the county. For more information, contact Phil Berndt, membership director, at 920.818.1136 or [email protected] There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required.

If your business would like to learn more about becoming a member of the Door County Visitor Bureau, contact Yvonne Torres, membership manager, at [email protected]unty.com or 920.818.1139, or visit doorcounty.com/membership.

Cambria Mueller is marketing manager, and Jen Rogers is the communications & PR manager for the Door County Visitor Bureau.