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2018 WV Governor’s Conference on Tourism set for Sept. 18-19 in Morgantown

Industry awards, updates and educational seminars highlight event

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Tourism industry representatives from across West Virginia will gather in Morgantown on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 18-19, for educational seminars and industry updates as part of the 2018 West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

The agenda includes the 2018 Stars of Almost Heaven Awards Dinner; Dean Runyan Associates presentation on the 2017 West Virginia Travel Impacts study; a review of West Virginia’s 2017 visitor study; and seminars on media relations, agritourism and many other tourism related topics.

“We are so excited … for the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Tourism. This year, we are taking the conference on the road to beautiful Mountaineer Country …” said Tourism Comissioner Chelsea Ruby. “Plan your trip and visit Mountaineer Country in advance of this year’s Governor’s Conference. There’s plenty to see and do in the host city of Morgantown! Check out the West Virginia Wine & Jazz Festival. Plan a hike at Coopers Rock State Forest. Or arrive in time for early fall wine tastings at Forks of Cheat Winery. If your schedule allows, join us a little early to experience almost heaven in Mountaineer Country.”

Held at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place and hosted by the West Virginia Tourism Office, the annual event provides an opportunity for tourism industry partners to come together to find new and innovative ways to promote West Virginia as an almost heaven vacation destination.

“Sessions are designed to provide partners with educational and training opportunities on the latest trends and issues in the tourism industry, as well as dedicated time to network and collaborate on ways to work together to showcase West Virginia on a local, regional and national scale,” Ruby said.

For a full list of pre- and-post-conference activities visit https://www.tourmorgantown.com/gcot18/.”

Jack Cipoletti and Betsy DeBord finalize the WVPA presentation on industry insights on preparing and distributing materials and maximizing media opportunities. The seminar will be presented twice, at 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18

Among the educational seminars is the West Virginia Press Association’s“Media Relations 101: How to Pitch a Story & Develop Relationships with your Local Media.”  WVPA staffers Don Smith, Jack Cipoletti and Betsy DeBord will provide industry insights on preparing and distributing materials and maximizing media opportunities. The seminar will be presented twice, at 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.

See the full conference agenda at https://wvtourism.com/2018-governors-conference/2018-governors-conference-on-tourism-agenda/

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