Businesses should try to get tourists to return to the area.
By TIM YOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
NILES -- Trumbull County should be promoted as part of a region rather than from a parochial viewpoint.
That was the message from tourism experts during a Wednesday forum, "Partners in Tourism," at McMenamy's MultiPurpose Complex.
The forum, which was attended by businesses that benefit from tourism, was sponsored by the Trumbull County Convention & amp; Visitors Bureau.
"Together, everybody achieves more," said Jodi Puster, group tour director at the Mansfield/Richland Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Working together: Puster said convention bureaus should partner with surrounding communities to attract visitors.
Teresa Kirkland, sales manager at the Trumbull County bureau, said the county agency is working with counterparts in other communities, including those in Pennsylvania.
Kirkland also said vendors should be given something unique for tourists to take home with them. It will help them to decide to return here.
Those involved in tourism in the area, Kirkland said, should work together to increase the number of visitors.
Puster called on businesses who have tourists to alert tourists to other area attractions they might want to visit. This, too, will encourage them to return.
Lori Gilk, eastern Ohio regional coordinator for the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, said communities have been preparing for the 2003 celebration of the state's 200th birthday.
She suggested communities or groups add a bicentennial theme to their events.