by Cambria Mueller and Jen Rogers, Door County Visitor Bureau
As the summer months come to a close, we start gearing up for fall fun in Door County. Our visitor-information specialists and social-media team have been fielding questions for a while now about when the peak fall foliage is expected. Unfortunately, we can’t control the weather, but we can suggest great places to stay and fun things to do. Because rooms do fill up for fall weekends, we encourage lodging establishments to let us know about any last-minute cancellations. We’d love to help our visitors find rooms and help you fill yours.
Although most of us are thinking about fall at the Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB), our InnLine and publications manager, Cathy Lynch, has been busy working on the 2020 Official Visitor Guide. Planning for it took place just a few short weeks after completing the winter guide, which is now available at our Welcome Center. Full, countywide distribution of the winter guide will be complete by the end of September. It’s a great tool for visitors during the winter season, providing maps, activity ideas, winter business hours and event details from November through March.
Members of the DCVB’s PR team and marketing and communications team attended the U.S. Travel Association’s Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations last week and worked with others involved in tourism at the state, regional and local levels. They also heard from representatives of organizations such as Pandora Media, Facebook, Tourism Economics and Expedia Group Media about what destination-tourism organizations such as ours will see during the coming year: how people will travel in 2020, what they’re looking for in destinations, international travel despite politics, social trends and much more. Information acquired at the conference will help us as we prepare the DCVB 2020 strategic marketing plan.
Finally, we offer a quick public-service announcement: The DCVB is hosting a community blood drive Sept. 5 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor, with time slots available 10 am – 2 pm. You can sign up at bit.ly/2MeZA9z. iPhone users can also scan the QR code in this article, and Android users can use the QR code reader app. All donors will receive a long-sleeved shirt and the chance to win a $25 Door County gift certificate. Sign up for your time slot today! If your business would like to learn more about becoming a DCVB member or be part of the 2020 Official Visitor Guide, contact Yvonne Torres at [email protected] or 920.818.1139, or visit doorcounty.com/membership.