Use of video clips encouraged during 2018 WV Governor’s Conference on Tourism

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia tourism industry officials heard tips for producing and distributing their own video during Tuesday’s educational seminars at the 2018 West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

During 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 shared insights on preparing and distributing materials and maximizing media opportunities.

Smith encouraged all in attendance to provide photos and videos with their press releases and articles. To show the ease of production, Smith filmed a 25-second spot for the seminar. The seminar will be presented twice Tuesday.

Tourism industry representatives from across West Virginia are gathered in Morgantown today and Wednesday for educational seminars and industry updates as part of the conference .

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

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

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