University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jul 28 2009

CONTACT: Courtney Neese
Three Rivers Travel Council
(304) 384-6301

Three Rivers Travel Council hosting open house at Concord University

Athens, W.Va. – Three Rivers Travel Council is hosting an open house Thursday, July 30, 2009 from 5-7 p.m. in the business incubator at Concord University’s Rahall Technology Center. The public is invited to attend.

“Three Rivers Travel Council is a non-profit organization that works to bring tourism to the New River Gorge region of West Virginia and Summers County,” Courtney Neese, a Concord University student intern working with the council, said.
Three Rivers has operated a call center from the business incubator since June. The group is affiliated with the Summers County Chamber of Commerce in Hinton and was formerly known as the Summers County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“We would like for small businesses and large businesses alike to come and see what we do and to see how we can assist them in the future. We will be demonstrating the available technology in the Rahall Center to show innovative ideas in marketing the region,” Neese said. “This is going to be a common ground to build partnerships in the region. We feel as if together, we can market our region as a whole, rather than as little sections all marketing separately. It will be a win-win situation. The businesses win and the travelers win.”

“The big vision is using technology here in the Rahall Center to help us create cutting-edge marketing messages...for example 3-D advertising in a magazine, visual interpretive centers for historical sites,” Jerry Berry, a Summers County commissioner and president of Three Rivers, said.

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He said the travel council’s work centers on Summers County and the area within a 60-mile radius of that county which also encompasses the southern West Virginia counties of Mercer, Raleigh, Fayette, Greenbrier and Monroe and touches parts of Nicholas and Pocahontas counties.

“The primary focus is Summers County, however, we know travelers don’t care what county they travel in or if they cross a county line,” he said.
Neese said Bill Hawkins, creator of the patent-pending website “wvyourway”, will be on hand at the open house. Three Rivers is currently utilizing the site to help travelers plan itineraries, select travel destinations and choose dining, lodging and recreational locations.

Three Rivers gets its name from waterways running through the region - the New, Greenbrier and Bluestone rivers, Berry said.
The council’s presence on the Concord University campus is a “collaborative effort that includes interactive visual technology, the travel industry, economic development, workforce development and education,” he said. Along with Three Rivers and the Rahall Technology Center, Concord’s Department of Recreation and Tourism Management and Entrepreneurial Studies Program are participants.

For more information contact Neese at 304-384-6301.

CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison at 1‐304‐384‐6086 or 1‐800‐344‐6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

PO BOX 1000, VERMILLION ST., ATHENS, WV 24712.