Although the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau is the lead agency for promoting the Raystown Lake Region to tourists, we certainly don’t do it in a vacuum. We are a small agency with only three full-time, one part-time, and two seasonal part-time employees. We work cooperatively with a number of organizations that deserve recognition for what they do for us!
The Brand USA and their website designed to promote the United States of America to foreign travelers, DiscoverAmerica.com is a new partner for the Raystown Lake Region. The mission of Brand USA is to encourage increased international visitation to the United States and to grow America’s share of the global travel market. In doing so, they aim to bring millions of new international visitors who spend billions of dollars to the United States, creating tens of thousands of new American jobs.
The Pennsylvania Tourism Office within the Department of Community and Economic Development is our state marketing partner at VisitPA.com. While the state funding for this office has been drastically cut over the last five years, VisitPA.com and it’s social media affiliates, as well as the state travel planner and Pursuits magazine are still great resources for all things tourism in Pennsylvania.
The Alleghenies Tourism Council is a nine-county tourism region in south-central Pennsylvania, and is administered by the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission. This region has two websites promoting its tourism assets. TheAlleghenies.com is targeted toward the individual outdoor enthusiast with lots of great resources for hiking, fishing, boating, bicycling, motorcycle riding, winter recreation, ATV riding, and more. TourAlleghenies.com is an itinerary planning tool targeted toward groups large and small that are interested in experiencing the region. A “group” could be as small as a single family, or as large as a convoy of buses.
Within Huntingdon County, we are involved with another promotional alliance called the Huntingdon Area Information Partnership. This group, consisting of the Visitors Bureau, Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce, Huntingdon County Business and Industry, Huntingdon County government, J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and Juniata College, works together to provide reliable information about the county, and provides a central virtual gateway to that information at HuntingdonArea.info.
There are dozens more organizations and media outlets that we affiliate with or buy into, but those listed above are our true partners in promoting the Raystown Lake Region as a destination for tourists.