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Taken aback

June 9, 2013

When reading the Sun- Gazette's coverage of the room tax in Lycoming County and how it is used to promote tourism here, I was taken aback when Jason Fink said "We wouldn't be marketing....

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Jun-10-13 8:04 AM

The Internet is not free, you pay for connection to service providers who basically control content. Chuck.

Uh, sorry Charlie, but your ISP does not control content. You, the person with the website or FB page controls the content. Maybe your mommy has sites blocked on your net and has told you the ISP is doing it, but she's just fooling you.

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Jun-09-13 8:58 AM

"Lastly, I challenge anyone to go find something that the County Visitors Bureau has put online to market the area; I've only found things put out by some of Williamsport's most talented artists promoting the city or their own projects."


I don't know who is responsible for the www (dot) vacationpa (dot) com, but it has some good stuff. In addition, when we were there a couple of weeks ago, we picked up a brochure at Katie's Country Store/Antiques that had lots of local stuff in it.

I would bet that most people that live local have not been to 50% of the following list: Sones Farm Equipment/Machinery Musuem, Little Grand Canyon, Piper Air Museum, Thomas Tabor Museum, Muncy Historical Society, Hiawatha Paddle Boat, Clyde Peeling Reptile Land, canoe down one of the local streams or river, hike through one of the State Parks/Trails/Pine Creek/Etc, taken one of the bus/historical Williamsport tours, Eagles Mere museum/shops, Forksville covered bridge, etc.

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Jun-09-13 8:57 AM

More non-professional naiveté by well-meaning people who think they know better but don’t actually have no insight or experience on how to manage a successful visitors bureau.

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Jun-09-13 7:20 AM

The Internet is not free, you pay for connection to service providers who basically control content.

Cities pay someone to design and manage web sites about the city.

It is not as 'free' as people think it is.

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Jun-09-13 6:37 AM

eriklatranyi - While I could agree that many in the over 50 age group prefer to have info disseminated to them on paper or other more traditional means, they are a dwindling group. So disperse the funds according to the results you want to achieve. Try the free internet services and see how the tourism grows from there, if it works and saves money cut back on the traditional means unless requested by an individual, then increase the spending on the electronic media by buying paid promotional ads. You can do a whole lot more with electronic media than traditional means and in the long run is much more cost effective. There is a lot of things that can be done to blend the traditional with the electronic, like having kiosks at the Visitors Bureau that can play all the ads for local attractions and also print out the pertinent info for those who desire it.

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Jun-09-13 5:55 AM

I have been in these discussions within companies.

Some wish to eliminate all print, including brochures, as "everyone" gets their information from the internet.

This is simply not true.

Many of those over the age of 50 get their information via traditional means.

In corporations, many "old timers" like a paper catalog or binder to put on the shelf. Younger employees prefer a thumb drive or web link to access the same information.

The key is to cater to as wide an audience as possible. Excluding one group over the other is not wise.

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