SANDUSKY, OH – Lake Erie Shores & Islands (Erie and Ottawa County Visitors Bureaus) is hitting the road this month to promote the region’s visitor destinations at several travel shows. One of the first is the AAA Great Vacations Expo in Columbus, January 20-22 where 13 of the region’s tourism industry businesses will join forces to promote the area. This large representation has resulted in Lake Erie Shores & Islands being acknowledged as one of the major sponsors of the show
Participating industry partners include Cedar Point, Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, Goodtime Lake Erie Island Cruises, Jet Express, Kelleys Island, Lakeside Association, Miller Ferries, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, Put-in-Bay Tour Train, Put-in-Bay Winery, Sawmill Creek Resort and Schedel Arboretum & Gardens. Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center staff will be on hand to promote these and all other visitor destinations in the region.
Lake Erie Shores & Islands has been a part of this annual show since it began in 2009 and this year they are poised to make the biggest impact yet. The group will occupy a 40’ x 40’ space loaded with activities and exhibits to attract attention and engage show visitors.
Some of the special features include a Jack Sparrow impersonator joining the pirate-themed group from the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce; Cedar Point is sponsoring an appearance by Snoopy and will also have a moving, roaring, 10 foot-long dinosaur to promote their new Dinosaurs Alive! Adventure; Ghostly Manor is providing a “green screen” activity that superimposes people’s photos over fun backgrounds; and the Put-in-Bay Winery will be providing wine tastings at a specially constructed Tiki bar. There will also be a mini “beach” created with more than four tons of sand and a 20’ x 40’ Lake Erie waterscape mural as a backdrop to the booth area.
Guests will be able to register for hourly prize drawings and in the process have the opportunity to sign up for email newsletters and to receive detailed information about visiting the Shores & Islands area.