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THE BRAND NEW
ALBEMARLE TOURISM AND ADVENTURE CENTER
HOSTS GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION ON OCTOBER 9
The CACVB's second visitor center designated
Certified Tourist Information Center by the Virginia Tourism Corporation
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (October 9, 2015) - The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) inaugurated today the new Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center. The historic Crozet Train Depot in Downtown Crozet, which until recently was home to the town's library, has become home to a second visitor center for the CACVB.
On this occasion, Susan Payne, Chairwoman of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, proudly announced that this new visitor center is now a Certified Tourist Information Center by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (CTIC). CTICs comply with strict requirements and the highest standards in the industry. The Downtown visitor center, also operated by the CACVB, has been a Certified Tourist Information Center since 2007.
"The opening of this center is great news for Albemarle County! The Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center is dedicated to welcoming visitors to our part of the Commonwealth," said Ms. Payne. "With certification, we will have access to all the people that visit the Virginia is Lovers website as well as visibility at Virginia Tourism promotional events across the county. In 2014, domestic travelers spent $61 million a day in Virginia. We would like to capture a part of that spending. The tourism industry is one of the five largest industries in Virginia and is an economic engine that adds jobs and tax revenues to Albemarle County," she added.
Kicked-off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and press conference, the event featured attendees who contributed to make this new Crozet visitor center a reality such as Albemarle County Supervisor Ann Mallek; Mike Marshall of the Crozet Downtown Group; and Kurt Burkhart, Executive Director of the CACVB. Also present was Kathleen Mistry of the Crozet Artisan Depot, LLC, who shares the space inside this beautiful historical building with the CACVB, making it a must-see stop for visitors.
White Hall district Albemarle County Supervisor Ann Mallek, conveyed her excitement about today's inauguration. "Albemarle County, and particularly the White Hall district, has eagerly awaited the opening of our first County certified visitor center. This collaboration with the tourism, arts, culture, and agriculture industries in the area will raise awareness of the region's significant attractions for current residents and visitors. The collaboration with the Crozet Artisans Depot LLC, plus ongoing programming, from building musical instruments to fly fishing, will make the center the go-to place for information," she mentioned.
The Executive Director of the CACVB, Kurt Burkhart, shares the enthusiasm about this new step in putting forth the organization's mission. "We are thrilled that Albemarle County was in a position to make the Crozet Train Depot available to us for our new visitor center. We believe that Crozet and the western part of the County are the next tourism growth areas and we know that having a presence there will help further promote all those wonderful assets. We are also very excited about our partnership with the Artisans; as both organizations hope to reach visitors, sharing a space makes perfect sense," Burkhart said.
As for Kathleen Mistry of the Crozet Artisan Depot, she could not be more thrilled about sharing the Crozet Train Depot space with the CACVB and today's celebration. "We are very proud to represent and support the robust artisan community in Albemarle County," said Kathleen, "and to have our gallery add another opportunity for people to see and experience beautiful things when visiting the area. Our shared space concept with the Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center will allow us to reach as many people as possible, and we think it's a perfect partnership."
The partners strategically chose the date of October 9th for the official opening of the Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center, as it falls during American Craft Week and is on the eve of the very popular Crozet Arts & Craft Festival and Starr Hill's Oktoberfest celebration.
the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB):
In addition to serving as the global resource for marketing the tourism assets of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, the CACVB assists tour operators, meeting planners, reunions and other groups in planning visits to the destination. CACVB's mission is "to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets." CACVB operates the Downtown Visitor Center (610 E Main St) which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a second visitor center, the Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center downtown Crozet (5791 Three Notch'd Rd), as well as a touch-screen kiosk at Monticello's Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center. The official website of the CACVB is www.visitcharlottesville.org. In addition, the organization manages powerful social media channels such as, ExperienceCharlottesville on Facebook, @VisitCVille on Twitter, CVilleVA on Pinterest, and @CharlottesvilleVA on Instagram and Vimeo.
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