Thursday, June 4, 2009
New website – DiscoverAmerica.com
Now there is a new way for travelers to make their way around the United States in a much more organized format – www.DiscoverAmerica.com.
DiscoverAmerica.com is billed as the official tourism site for the U.S. and was created by the U.S. Travel Association, formerly known as the Travel Industry Association, which is based in Washington in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
U.S. Travel is not a government agency but it was authorized by the U.S. Commerce Department to develop and market an official travel planning Web site targeting the top five international markets that send visitors to the U.S. – Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Japan and Germany.
DiscoverAmerica.com includes an interactive map that gives mileage from city to city, an activity finder listing more than 3,000 experiences, attractions and events, including museums, gardens, ski slopes, festivals and parks; and links to travel booking sites like Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia and Priceline.
The site also offers links to tourism information for all 50 states, as well as for more than 100 cities and other destinations. In addition, DiscoverAmerica.com offers content from the National Park Service, the National Scenic Byways program and useful web sites like GoogleMaps and Weather.com.
The site offers photo galleries organized by location, with pictures of everything from a historic district in New Braunfels, Texas, to wild horses in North Carolina’s Currituck Outer Banks, to the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway in the Shasta Cascade region of California, to Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.
Visitors can also upload their own images and comments about places they've been by clicking on the “Stories” link www.discoveramerica.com.
The price tag to be one of their many cities described in full detail is pricey but thankfully through partnerships such as the Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance, Holly Springs is able to include our information on events and attractions at a vastly discounted rate. The bugs are still getting worked out but we hope to have Holly Springs’ information up shortly, so check back often!
Tourism traffic report
* So far this year, we have welcomed 1,553 visitors and have 12 group tours scheduled for the coming months. We are also gearing up for the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic (June 26-27) as well as the Kudzu Festival (July 15-18). We hope everyone is able to come out to both thrilling events!
As always, if you need any additional information on attractions and events in the Holly Springs area, please visit our website at www.visithollysprings.org, where you can also sign up to receive our e-mail newsletter. ou can also give us a call at 662-252-2515 or stop by our new location on the square, 148 E. College Ave.
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