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Welcome to Greater Wilmington. From attractions and events to hotels and dining, Greater Wilmington delivers big city amenities with the charm of a small town.
- Meeting & Event Planners
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For over 30 years the GWCVB has been providing outstanding resources and service to planners across the region. Let us help make your next meeting or event a resounding success.
- Group Tours & Sports Planning
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With its prime location among the Mid-Atlantic states Greater Wilmington is within a three hour drive of one-third of the Nation’s population - ideal for a variety of group tours and sporting events.
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Founded from the first permanent Old World settlement in the Delaware Valley, Greater Wilmington is filled with story lines - from its rich history to world-class attractions there are many stories to be told.
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Serving as New Castle County Delaware's only destination marketing organization, the GWCVB aggressively markets its members to leisure travelers, meeting planners, tour operators, and the media.
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Member Newsletter March 2011
A Message from the Executive Director
Spring is here! This is one of my favorite times of the year as we see the new growth breaking the surface. In the New Castle County tourism market, we are seeing the final touches on two all-new developments: opening April 1 - The Queen, World Café Live on Market Street and on April 8 - Nordstrom's opens at the Christiana Mall.
Under the leadership of Secretary of State Jeff Bullock watch for more details on the arts marketing campaign(Art-Is-In, Live-Is-In, Dining-Is-In, Jazz-Is-In and Sports-Are-In). For now, check out "im-in-now.com" - it is good to be "in"!
What is going on at the GWCVB? Scott Ciancio joined the GWCVB on February 7 as our new Web Content Manager. Scott is responsible for ensuring our website has top quality content as well as maintaining the site via our web-based content management system. He is available to assist members with functions with CRM - such as adding coupons, special offers, hot rates and dates, and hotel getaway packages.
New to the GWCVB Board of Directors - Gordon DelGiorno, Film Brothers .
Watch for new developments on the GWCVB website - we are always enhancing the site and the way visitors find you. We have branded our website with our e-mail addresses - firstname.lastname@example.org instead of the email@example.com. Both still work - but please update your database.
Upcoming Events & Meetings
March 30 - Joint Network at Noon with NCC Chamber of Commerce. It's not too late to register!
Host sponsor: First State Ballet Theatre
April 19- Member Orientation - GWCVB Visitor CenterWe encourage all new members and new staff to attend!
What members are saying...
"I always expect opportunities at the GWCVB, that's why I attend."
"I learned how to market my business more efficiently."
"I learned about my benefits and was impressed with the enthusiasm of the group."
"I was inspired to take advantage of the website and participate in social networking."
June 8 - Marketing & Sales Meeting
June 15 - Joint Member Mixer with Better Business Bureau & Historic New Castle Alliance
Host Sponsor: Buena Vista Conference Center
Food Sponsor: Thyme Catering Events by Design
Music Sponsor: Edwards Entertainment
July 27 - Summer Joint Member Mixer with Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce.
Host Sponsors: Historic Odessa Foundation & new restaurant (Opening this Summer)
Want to HOST SPONSOR an Event or Meeting? A great way to promote your organization! Call Linda McKay at (302) 295-2215
*Host Sponsor NEEDED for June 8th Marketing & Sales Meeting.
A special Thank You to Ed Oliver Golf Club for Host/Sponsoring the January Marketing & Sales Meeting! Over 65 members attended, networked and enjoy a delicious breakfast while learning more about the GWCVB's marketing plans and activities!
NEW GWCVB Reference Binder For Hotel Front Staff
We want to meet with and educate your front line staff on our organization and provide them with a resource of information that will help them direct visitors more quickly and efficiently to the best attractions, restaurants, hotels and services in the area!
Call or email Rose Roberts, Director of Visitor Relation to schedule your meeting today!
P: (302) 295-2224
2011/2012 Annual Visitors Guide Description Updates
Deadline - May 31, 2011
Please log in to the member portaland take a few minutes to review and update your Visitor Guide description before May 31, 2011. Call or email Scott Ciancio, Web Content Manager if you need any assistance with portal login. firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (302) 295-2217
5th Annual FAM/Dine Around 2011
On February 26-27th...the Greater Wilmington CVB in partnership with Mid-Atlantic Events magazine hosted 43 meeting planners and group tour operators (both domestic and International) for the 5th Annual FAM/Dine Around.
Thank you to the host venue site members who participated in the FAM and to the all their staff who made this event special!
Special thanks to:
Photographer: Bill Lindsey of Lindsey Studios
Seminar Presenters: Eric Miller of Chaddsford Winery
Communications Department Update
Maryland-based travel writers, Barbara and Ken Beem, visited Wilmington on December 4th and toured Nemours Mansion & Gardens in preparation for an article they were writing which appeared in the February issue of New England Antique Journal . They were enthusiastic about the experience and their enthusiasm proved contagious. Susan Stanton, President of The Ways & Means Committee of Historical Old Salem, was so impressed with what the Beem's had to say that she chartered a motor coach to bring 53 of the committee's members to Delaware for a day trip on Friday, May 13th. The group will tour Nemours Mansion & Gardens, dine at Krazy Kat's at the Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa and then head to the Christiana Mall for a tax-free shopping spree.
We continue to work with publications to get coverage for the area. In addition to the New England Antique Journal, articles have appeared in recent issues of Southern Living Magazine, The National Culinary Review, Mason-Dixon Arrive, Packaged Travel Insider, Smart Meetings, Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine and Small Market Meetings. Look for more coverage in Woman's World, Family Circle Magazine and Rejuvenate.
We Need Your Images and Events Information!
Help us promote you! We want to be prepared to respond to press requests and generate more coverage of the area. We want to publicize your activities to travel writers, meeting planners, group tour operators, potential visitors and area residents. Go here to submit your upcoming events to our event calendar and email photos to LynLewis@VisitWilmingtonDE.com.
The Visitors Center operates Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. Our toll-free number is 1-800-489-6664.© 2013 Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau. All rights reserved. 100 West 10th Street, Suite 20 Wilmington, DE 19801