Starting today, 31 designated travel journalists from North America will explore numerous Bartow attractions during Georgia Tourism’s 2017 Travel Media Marketplace.
“Destinations across Georgia bid annually to host this event,” said Regina Wheeler, deputy director for Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Though CVB staff members have participated in many past media marketplaces, this is the first time Cartersville has bid to host, and we were truly honored to have been chosen to host this prestigious event.
“... This is such an important opportunity because it allows us the chance to have firsthand features shared with many diverse media outlets. We hope that the outcome will bring us many new audiences and great influence on future visits. Basically, the result is something that can’t be bought.”
Kicking off with a tour of the Booth Western Art Museum, the Travel Media Marketplace event will also enable the journalists to visit Barnsley Resort, LakePoint Sporting Community, Tellus Science Museum, Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site, Old Car City USA and the Atlanta Steeplechase.
“This is a big undertaking for a staff of only five,” Wheeler said. “Travel writers begin arriving [today], and the CVB has planned an evening reception and dinner in downtown Cartersville. Throughout the day on Friday, the group will travel by motorcoach to view attractions across the county to put together key stories to share with numerous editors and producers in the coming years. Following the actual marketplace — where writers meet one-on-one with tourism partners/destinations across Georgia to build stories — on Saturday morning, the group will embark on three separate tours across the state, all of which will make their first stop at the CVB’s Tent Party ... celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Atlanta Steeplechase at Kingston Downs.
“In honor of the media, the CVB has planned a press-themed tent party complete with vintage typewriters, paperboys and paparazzi. Invited guests will be admitted with their official press pass lanyards and each will receive a souvenir edition newspaper that the CVB commissioned and printed with The Daily Tribune News touting the top tourism and economic development headlines and articles during the past 20 years. It should be a great day, and we hope it will be a great memory for the writers to recall again and again.”
In the past, host sites for the marketplace offering have included Clayton County; Savannah; Athens; Macon; Atlanta; Hiawassee; Augusta; LaGrange and Coweta County; Blue Ridge and Ellijay; and Statesboro and Vidalia. In addition to the selected communities, The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division also jointly hosts the annual event.
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to host Georgia’s Travel Media Marketplace, an event I’ve always felt was one of the best programs offered by GDEcD’s Tourism Division,” stated Cartersville-Bartow County CVB Executive Director Ellen Archer in a GDEcD news release. “But admittedly, I’m excited that we can finally bring this select group of journalists to the doorsteps of our world-class tourism partners across Bartow County.”