City unveils new tourism website
The City of Wilsonville unveiled its new tourism website recently, hoping to provide visitors and residents a streamlined place to find information on things to do in and around Wilsonville.
The chic design of ExploreWilsonville.com is aimed at being an intuitive source for anyone looking to find lodging, food and drink, events, local parks and more.
The new website — spurred by the City's Tourism Promotion committee — fills the a void identified by the Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce which found the most-requested content for a tourism-related website was a comprehensive list of area events for families and out-of-state visitors, according to a city press release. ExploreWilsonville.com was designed and developed by Parks and Recreation Advisory Board member and former tourism committee member Elaine Swyt, who operates local website-hosting firm Mediaphysics.
"These days, most visitors get their travel information online," says Committee Chair Jeff Brown, general manager of Holiday Inn South Portland/Wilsonville. "ExploreWilsonville.com provides visitors and new residents with a central clearinghouse on local tourism attractions, major community events and hospitality businesses."
The committee consulted with both Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the Washington County Visitors Association for professional advice on the launch of their new website.
As a community with more than 600 hotel rooms and a strategic location in the North Willamette Valley and South Portland regions near Oregon Wine Country and the historical and agricultural attractions of French Prairie, ExploreWilsonville.com plays to its strengths by taking a regional approach to tourism.
The City's tourism promotion program is a coordinated effort through the city manager's office and the Wilsonville Parks and Recreation Department. The committee is working to advance an increased level of tourism promotion activity, especially during the "shoulder seasons" of fall, winter and spring when capacity is most available at area lodging and hospitality businesses.