Tourism Spotlight

ICTB shares exciting news regarding the photo contest, knotweed, softball tournament, and the county parks.

Excerpt from their newsletter:

“New Photo Contest for Indiana County!

Hear those shutters clicking? In celebration of tourism in Indiana County, the Indiana County Tourist

Bureau is conducting an online photo contest beginning March 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018. We

are looking for residents and visitors to capture what they feel represents tourism in this county. Suggested

photo subjects include: Attractions, Events, Outdoor Activities, Architecture and Scenic Landscapes.

Winners will receive a gift certificate or promotional item courtesy of ICTB or from one of our

members. Each quarter, a new winner will be selected whose photo best depicts one of the tourism subjects.

All photos must be in good taste and taken within the county lines. For a complete list of Photo

Contest Rules and to submit your unique, dynamic and even quirky photos that reflect the beauty and

tourism in this county, visit ICTB’s website beginning March 1, 2017.


Knotweed Makes the Big Time!

Part of ICTB’s mission to bring media attention to our region includes sending our Group Sales Associate

Maria Jack to the annual Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) Media Marketplace

held this year in Maryland. Jack connected with a writer reporting on a unique story, “cooking with invasivores”.

This chance meeting provided the perfect opportunity to share the fascinating aspects of the

prolific Knotweed plant found in Indiana County. The journalist was amazed to hear of the many uses of

the weed showcased at the annual Knotweed Festival including jellies, muffins and lip balm. The weed

peaked the writer’s interest and had him eagerly seeking further information. The Tourist Bureau connected

the writer with BCDC member Carol Persichetti, who provided the story details he needed. The

invasivore story was featured in the January issue of Eastern Home & Travel. The magazine covers eastern

United States, from Maine to Florida, and provides a blend of our country’s earliest history and

contemporary, cosmopolitan living. It is an exciting accomplishment for the Tourist Bureau to share that

Blairsville of Indiana County PA, is now among the many locations highlighted in this high-end travel

magazine for all to read and be intrigued.


Harley Brings It Back!

Try this summer softball cocktail: Take 10,000 visitors, 260+ teams, 32 softball fields, stir in some local restaurants,

convenience stores, hotels, and attractions and what do you get? The three ICSST/USSSA Fast Pitch

Tournaments being held again in Indiana County this June! The 12th annual tournament held over three separate

weekends provides an opportunity to showcase our entire county, our university and provide an economic

impact to the area businesses that is immeasurable. The showcase tournament also acts as a college recruitment

event, which attracts college bound players and coaches from numerous states and Canada. The Tourist

Bureau has been working hard with Indiana’s lead organizer, Tom Harley, and our local hotels to ensure all visitors

are welcomed and provided with local information to make their visit one that will bring attending staff and

families back for a return visit.


Tourist Bureau Showcases 50th Anniversary of County Parks

As a desirable destination for recreation and relaxation, our beautiful and well-kept county parks and trails enhance

the quality of life for all residents of the area. We want to share our appreciation for the Indiana County

Parks & Trails by offering fun, informative, and interactive postings on Facebook. Be on the lookout for the posts

on ICTB’s FB page for a chance to win gift certificates and prizes! Celebrations and special events will take

place throughout this anniversary year, so watch for announcements on our website calendar, email blasts, and

social media. To learn more about Indiana County Parks & Trails, visit their website at”

Click here to read the entire newsletter.


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