Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau names board

Mark Lewis, boss and CEO of a Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, pronounced Nov and Dec 2016 had some-more overnight stays than Nov and Dec 2015 and Jan 2017 surpassed Jan 2016.

During a bureau’s annual assembly Thursday during a Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna, Lewis pronounced for a year a business is saying a lot of trade to a website compelling a Parkersburg area to a wider audience.

“In 2016 a website trade was adult by 5.8 percent, and a page views are approach up, 35 percent, on a new website creation it a illusory resource,” he said.

Lewis combined a fan bottom for a business on amicable media grew by 57 percent in 2016 finale a year with 5,418 fans and 360 supporters on Twitter, that was adult by 59 percent.

“It’s been a good year though unfortunately a hoteliers have had a tough time,” he said. “I’m really confident about a year, we consider it will be a good year. Everything is entrance behind from that time when a gas drilling and scrutiny went away.”

Also in 2016, a business debuted 3 new web videos. Highlighted in a new array were Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Fort Boreman Historical Park and a Parkersburg Art Center. Lewis pronounced a array can be seen during CVB.

Lewis pronounced a business has taken over a Paddlefest eventuality that is set for a week after a Sternwheel Festival in September.

In 2017 Lewis pronounced a business will concentration on state parks.

“Very few areas in West Virginia have dual state parks as tighten as Blennerhassett Island and North Bend State Park,” he said. “We are going to concentration on Parkersburg as West Virginia’s weekend get divided destination, that is what we wish to push. Not usually into Ohio, though West Virginia.”

Lewis pronounced a parks need assistance to foster themselves due to a state bill cuts.

“We are going to work to assistance them get a word out,” he said. “Right now they are challenged since of a mercantile conditions in a state. This is where a CVB can step adult and step in to assistance them out.”

Lewis combined a business pronounced a appreciate we to long-time house member and former authority Ed Hofmann.

“He’s been on a house for 20 years and he has finally stepped down,” he said. “He has been a stone and only such a good writer to a goal of a CVB over a march of that time.”

New officers and house members for 2017 were introduced.

Elected as a authority was Wood County Commissioner Blair Couch, who had been a member of a bureau’s house for a past 6 years. Couch follows Alan Hardway as a Chairman of a Board.

“It’s a smashing organization,” Couch said. “The goal of a gathering and visitors business is to prominence a attractions of Wood County.”

Couch pronounced he also looks brazen to operative with Lewis.

“With a executive a size of Mark Lewis, it creates it easy to be a chairman,” he said. “He has been here for 5 years, and while a final dual have not been a best, we have seen signs of an upswing for 3 uninterrupted months instead of 3 uninterrupted months of downturns.”

Couch pronounced with a new TownePlace Suites by Marriott fasten The Blennerhassett Hotel and Hampton Inn in a city, it might assistance coax some-more seductiveness in development.

Members of a house for 2017 are:

* Blair Couch, Wood County Commission, chairman

* Michael Gibson, Wingate by Wyndham, clamp chairman

* Cal Malcom, Malcom and Associates, secretary

* Mike Day, Sunrise Family Restaurants, treasurer

* Alan Hardway, MPH Hotels, evident past chairman

* Dan Curtis, Parkersburg Brewing Co.

* Patsy Hardy, SP Harley-Davidson, Wood County appointment

* Linda Kern, City of Vienna, Vienna appointment

* Roger Lockhart, Camden Clark Medical Center

* Larry McIntire, The Blennerhassett Hotel

* Deborah Shaffer, Julia-Ann Historical Association

* E.K. Sleeth, Williamstown Bank, Williamstown appointment

* John Starkweather, North Bend Climbing Guides

* Kristi Steed, North Bend State Park

* Chad Winebrenner, Grand Pointe Conference Center

* Rickie Yeager, Parkersburg Development Director, Parkersburg appointment.