Wednesday, August 14, 2013

New county tourism map is available

By Meg Hibbert

CRAIG COUNTY – Craig County is definitely on the map, and to prove it, there are 10,000 full-color copies being distributed in the county and at regional tourism centers.

The new “Craig County Virginia Road Map – Your guide to attractions and destinations” arrived the first of August after months of preparation and anticipation. It is a joint project of the Craig County Tourism Commission and the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission. Forty-percent of the cost was paid for by 23 local advertisers, plus special sponsorship by the Town of New Castle. It is the first Craig County map to incorporate 9-1-1 addresses, Tourism Commission member Diane Givens pointed out.

Ads from local businesses and groups helped pay for the new Craig County Road Map released this month.

Ads from local businesses and groups helped pay for the new Craig County Road Map released this month.

The visitor’s guide and map is available at the Craig County Administrator’s Office, the Visitor’s Center at the Craig County Public Library at Salem and Main streets, and is being distributed to regional tourism outlets.

It made its debut at a meeting of regional tourism promoters where Randy Rose of the Virginia Tourism Corporation talked about planning itineraries to help visitors stay longer and/or come back to the area.

The cover of the map features an inviting view of a Craig County road in the mountains with fall colors. The map features a number of photographs by local photographers who live and work in Craig.

Copies of the map are available at no charge in the Craig County Administrator’s Office, the Visitor’s Center in the Craig County Public Library, the Craig Farm Bureau office, and the entrance of Mick-or-Mack IGA grocery store, all in New Castle.

Copies have been distributed to the Botetourt County Parks & Recreation Department, the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Salem Civic Center and even Giles County and the Pulaski Visitor’s Center along I-81, Givens said. For copies to be mailed to people outside the county, contact Suzanne Holth in the Craig County Administrator’s Office.

 

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