One of Virginia Main Street’s most prized relationships is the one we have with Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC). We often plan our strategies to complement theirs and they often ask us what’s going on downtown that they can use to better market Virginia. They believe in Virginia’s historic commercial districts as tourist attractions to the point that they designed a special category of their Passionality quiz called Small Town Hound.
Many of the really exciting innovations at VTC have been ways to get your information out to travellers, whether they be from out of state or just down the street. The Richmond Times Dispatch published an article touting VTC’s new iPhone app. The application allows small businesses to directly reach travellers in a number of ways by self posting information about their businesses in a way that the app users can find them while they are travelling.
Features of the Virginia is for Lovers app include:
• a “near me” feature which finds all attractions within a 15-mile radius;
• directions and mapping for every listing;
• direct access to making reservations via phone or website;
• customer reviews of restaurants and lodging properties; and
• pet-friendly attractions listed by locality
The Virginia.org website has many tools to help local businesses and organizations promote their events and products. You can go here to add your events now or you can contact a VTC representitive here.