Area becoming ‘mecca for outdoor recreation pursuits’

From staff reports

LOCK HAVEN — The county is continuing to see growth of tourism in the area and is becoming known as a “mecca for outdoor recreation pursuits,” according to Clinton County Economic Partnership President and CEO Mike Flanagan.

And, the Partnership’s Tourist Promotion Agency/Visitors Bureau will continue to promote Clinton County in a number of ways in 2019 to retain that reputation, said Chamber/Tourism Director Julie Brennan.

“Our promotional pieces – which are in print and online – are one of our best ways to show people all that our area has to offer,” she said.

“Our Clinton County Community Profile and Membership Directory has been updated and is available in the new year; we have a recently updated Clinton County road map; our Clinton County Visitors Guide is our most widely distributed piece, with 50,000 copies printed; and we’re currently in the process of finalizing our 2019 Clinton County Events booklet, which will include nearly 400 local events and activities. We expect to print 25,000 copies of the booklet, our largest number ever,” Brennan said.

Brennan said the agency will have informational exhibits at a number of travel and outdoor shows in 2019.

“In January, we participate in the Early Bird Sports Expo in Bloomsburg; we share a booth with the Potter/Tioga Visitors Bureau at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg in February; we will participate in the Allegheny Outdoor Show in Pittsburgh, also in February; we have a display at the Kettle Creek Valley Outdoor Show held in Cross Fork in March; in April, we’ll take our Clinton County exhibit to Lancaster to participate in the Family Travel Show sponsored by Where & When magazine; and in May, we’ll be part of the Central Pennsylvania Spring Outdoor Show hosted by Bill’s Happy Camper in Mill Hall,” Brennan said.

Travelers stopping at the PA Welcome Center along Interstate 80 East, just inside the Pennsylvania border from Ohio, can view a display about Clinton County that the local office created, Brennan said. The display highlights outdoor activities and local attractions and can be seen at the Welcome Center through mid-year.

“We look forward to making information more available to visitors in the new year,” Brennan said, noting that The Visitor Center at the Partnership office at 212 N. Jay St., Lock Haven, now has a front entry area that is open 24 hours a day. Visitors can now pick up brochures, maps, and dining and lodging information at night and on the weekends, even if the main office is closed, she said.

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