Keeping in Touch with Tourism: Plans are in place for local promotions
By: Beth Wiles, Pulaski Tourism Director
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 3:37 pm
Tourism Director Beth Wiles
The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau has several new visitors’ programs that are being introduced this summer. The first is a Scavenger Hunt entitled “Around the Square and More,” which takes visitors by Frog Rock and down around the square in Waynesville. The hunt lists various attractions and sponsoring businesses that the participants must visit in order to find the answers for the clues given in the Hunt Guide.
The other program is Travel Bingo. The first bingo game is Graduation Bingo for those visitors driving on Fort Leonard Wood. Participants look for matching items for each icon on the game card.
Visitors completing these game cards may bring them back to the Visitors’ Center during regular business hours for a free gift. The Tourism Bureau staff will collect contact information for those completing their game cards and a survey will be conducted to gather statistical data from our visitors to assist us in building economic impact numbers, reasons for visiting Pulaski County, satisfaction results and comments or suggestions.
The idea behind both the Scavenger Hunt and Travel Bingo is to offer visitors to Pulaski County something fun and different to do. This can be done any time of the year and they may discover places and things in our county that they may not have ventured to normally. The Scavenger Hunt also gives area businesses an opportunity to bring more people into their establishments. Game cards will be distributed at the Visitors’ Center and by participating partners. Other hunts and traveling bingo cards are planned.
Advertising sales continue in July for the 2010 Pulaski County Visitors Guide. If you would like more information about this opportunity, please contact Karen Hood at (573) 336-6355 or email her at email@example.com. The guide features “all things tourism” such as maps, business listings for attractions, restaurants, shopping, hotels, personal services, meeting space, event listings and historical information. Guides are mailed to people planning a trip to Pulaski County; families planning to attend a military graduation and families coming to enjoy our outdoor activities, museums, or traveling Route 66. Guides are also handed out at various outdoor recreation tradeshows, Missouri Welcome Centers, visitors’ centers and Chamber of Commerce offices throughout the state of Missouri. We distributed nearly 30,000 in 2008 and it looks like we will probably distribute over 32,500 in 2009. The guide is also available for download from our website. The guide is downloaded an average of 300 times each month. Advertisers in the guide also receive a free website link in the Area Links portion of the website.
One way to beat the heat is by taking a day to enjoy a family float trip with one of our outfitters here in Pulaski County. They provide floats that range from a few hours to week-long floats for those who are more adventurous. Floaters may rent canoes, kayaks, rafts or inner tubes, and they can float, stop and swim, picnic, fish and watch the wildlife. It’s a wonderful experience and a great “get-away from it all” activity.
Lazy Day Canoe and Camping is featuring a “Moonlight Float” on July 4. This event will take you on a float from 8pm until midnight, ending with a bonfire and band. The moonlight float is for the more experienced canoeist and is for adults only. Those who want a listing of area outfitters may visit the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau website at www.visitpulaskicounty.org
Upcoming major events include celebrating at the MWR Independence Day Celebration on Fort Leonard Wood on July 4. Those who are out of town then may attend a similar event on the following Saturday, July 11, when Richland hosts its Independence Day at Shady Dell Park. July also brings the annual Old Settlers Day which will be held July 25 at the Roubidoux Park in Waynesville. This event features the Kickapoo Trace Muzzle Loaders encampment along the Roubidoux River, children’s games, pony rides, crafts, and delicious food.
Contact information: Beth Wiles, Executive Director Pulaski County Tourism Bureau and Visitors Center 137 St. Robert Blvd., Suite A St. Robert, MO 65584 Phone: (573) 336-6355 ext 104 Toll-Free: (877) 858-8687 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet site: www.visitpulaskicounty.org