MANATEE -- The county’s two Chamber of Commerce offices will soon double as visitor information centers, helping information about countywide businesses to flow more readily to tourists.
“We’ll be able to get information out countywide, where usually the information at the chambers was about members only,” says Debbie Meihls, executive manager of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s really a great cross-promotion.”
Visitors guides created by the visitors bureau, as well as other information directed at tourists, soon will be showcased more prominently at the chamber offices in downtown Bradenton and in Lakewood Ranch.
Future plans might include televisions showing continuous loops of promotions directed at tourists, Meihls said.
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While the new collaboration will be good for tourism, it also will be good for area businesses, said Bob Bartz, president of the Manatee Chamber. “We anticipate even greater traffic to both of our offices, which means local businesses will be spotlighted.”
The chamber already receives about 17,000 direct visitors annually to its offices, and another 135,000 people who check its website, which will soon feature a new “visitor information” tab.
Another key change will be signs erected near each of the chamber offices designating them as Visitor Information Centers. The two chamber offices are at 222 10th St. W. and 4215 Concept Court.