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Projects and Programs

Discover New England
Annual Tourism Summit and International Marketplace
April 14-16, 2008
Omni Hotel - New Haven, CT

Blackstone Valley represented by: Robert Billington, President, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council on behalf of the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor

The Key Note Address was great and given by Terence Gallagher, Executive Vice President, Lou Hammond & Associates. He presented a great report on Social Marketing and the value for each organization to incorporate a Web Log into their programs. Lou Hammond represents Providence, RI for public relations purposes.

Below are the formal appointments. Each appointment was given a Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor sales message and provided with a National Heritage Corridor Brochure, an official map of the Blackstone Valley, a book mark which included information on MA and RI and a Cycle Blackstone and Canoe Blackstone brochure.

All of America Accommodation and Tours
Met with Rob Uttley, Reservation Manager
Suite 2, First Floor
Henwood Pavilion
Hythe Road
Ashford Kent
TN24 8DH
01233 660 553

Seeking New England hotel information.

American Tours International Inc
Met with Bee Dengilioglu, Product Development Manager
481 8th St, Suite 718
New York, NY 10001, USA
212 586 4100

ATI brings more visitors to USA from more countries than any other operator.
They are seeking more hotels to expand their City Package/Fly Drive program. Will contact Blackstone Valley if demand rises.

City Tours USA & Canada
Met with Oscar Perez, Director of Product and Market Development
299 Murray Hill Parkway - 2nd Floor
East Rutherford, NJ 07073, USA
201 474 8985

City Tours is one of the largest wholesalers within Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
They are seeking information on hotels, Band B's and Inns. Does not use Blackstone Valley currently.

Destination America
Met with Morten Anthum, Product Manager
801 E. Katella, Product Manager
Anaheim, CA 92805, USA
714 935 0040 Ext 5325

A custom group tour department for escorted groups of 20 or more passengers.
Destination America is interested in hotels, B&B's, attractions and restaurants. Does not currently use Blackstone Valley.

Experience Holidays
Met with Helen Wibley
1 Town House Garden, market Street
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
44(0) 1323 446550

Helen is seeking traditional Bed and Breakfast information. Rural settings are good.

Hotelbeds Accommodation and Destination Services
Met with Francine Ortiz, Product Manager
7083 Grand National Drive #102
Orlando, FL 32819, USA
407 517 0272

Will work with Blackstone if demand is present. 35% of the business is Foreign Independent Travelers. Needs an allotment of rooms set aside.

FTi North America Inc
Met with Helen Woodward, Product Manager
FTi North America
1221 Old Ford Circle
New Paltz, NY 12561, USA
845 633 8103

Seeking hotels in New England. Does not use Blackstone Valley currently.

Met with Olivier Barthez, Accounts Manager
Duxin Marketing & Com
55 Avenue Marceau-F-75116 Paris
33(0) 6 69 13 12 19

Olivier is new to this market and to DNE but was eager to seek an entry into the New England market.

Travel Trend
Met with Peter van Veenendaal, Product manager
Travel Trend
Kleinpolderlaan 4
Nieuwerkerk a/o Yssel, 2911 PA,NL
011 31 180 393431

Seeking hotel and B&B's to work with. Does not do Blackstone Valley currently.

All of America
Met with Robert Uttley, Product manager
Hythe Road
Ashford, TN24 8DH, UK
011 44 1233 660 553

Would like all of the B&B information on Blackstone Valley.

New England Vacations
Met with Richard Wimms, Managing Director twice
2 Waterslide, Station Road
Herts AL5 4US, UK
011 44 1582 469771

Is seeking new areas of New England to sell. Very interested in Blackstone Valley.

Purely America
Met with Andrew Bird, Director
3 Barnhill Ave, Bromley
Kent BR2 9DP, UK
011 44 208 464 2654

Is seeking information on Blackstone Valley B&Bs.

STA Travel
Met with Janice Wall, Contracting Manager
Priory House, 6 Wrights Lane
London, W8 6TA, UK
011 44 207 440 8023

STA is the world's largest travel company for students and young people.
Is interested in options for student travel in Blackstone Valley.

Thomas Cook Holidays
Lee Florence, Product Executive
Unit 10, Coningsby Road
Peterborough, PE3 8XP, UK
011 44 1733 416 457

Does most Self-Drive tours. New England is the most popular. Blackstone could be an option.

Essentially America UK
Simon Todd, Publisher
Phoenix International Publishing LLC
217 Ridge View Land
Trophy Club, TX 76262, USA

Freelance Travel Writers Peter Kraenzle and Margit Bnnke - Germany
PO Box 110341
86028 Augsburg, Germany
011 49 821 311565

Both were very excited about learning there was more to Blackstone beyond Slater Mill which they have visited and enjoyed. They write for the American Journal, a series of publications and they publish their own travel guide. They are eager to visit the National Heritage Corridor to learn more.

Team Wade - UK
Paul Wade and Kathy Arnold
The Chapter House
Chiswick Mall
London W4 2PH, UK
011 44 208 994 8951 and

Both Paul and Kathy have been huge supports of the Blackstone Valley helping to refine our Cycle Blackstone program. They have recently placed Blackstone Valley on the DNE website and recently published a piece on CycleNewEngland, owned by Chris and Gary Rice of Sutton, in the Daily Telegraph.
They are planning a visit to Blackstone Valley on April 18, 2008.

H&A Media Group
Met with Kevin Scully
29 Uncle Henry's Rd
Mashpee, MA 02649
508 539 1046

Spoke with Kevin about media sponsorship possibilities.
Les-ann Woolcock
100 Williams Street
11th floor, NY, NY 10038

Michele is seeking to representing hotels in Blackstone Valley.

The DNE team under the leadership of Sue Norrington Davies developed the largest Tourism Summit to date and probably the most productive.

Phil Goggins, Contracting Manager
16 East Pond Road
Nobleboro, ME 04555, USA
207 563 2288 V
207 563 3335 F

Looking for new properties, good group rates, B&B’s. Prepared itineraries for their annual group brochure—“wish list”. Submit soon via e-mail.

New England Vacations
Richard Wimms, Managing Director
2 Waterside, Station Road
Herts AL5 4US, UK
01582 469661 V
01582 469678F

Looking for good quality B&B’s, 4-5 rooms, price range mid to high end, will spend one week in our area in travels from coast to VT. Coming for FAM in June. Send suggested property info via e-mail to set up inspection sites.

Total Travel & Excursions, Inc.
Mamiko Maki, President
1815 Massachusetts Avenue, STE. 3E
Cambridge, MA 02140
617 876 1900 V
617 876 3330 F

Receptive, looking for itineraries to consider, include museums, studio tours and NE experience. 65% of clients are 50+. Some summer student tours.

Essentially America UK
Simon Todd, Publisher
Phoenix International Publishing LLC
217 Ridge View Land
Trophy Club, TX 76262, USA
682 831 0133

Best way to get press is work with Paul and Kathy Wade. Send images, images, images!

Team Wade
Paul Wade and Kathy Arnold
The Chapter House
Chiswick Mall
London W4 2 PJ UK
011 44 208 994 8951 V
011 44 208 994 8818 F

Always looking for new story ideas, images, new properties and adventures. Please send through mail or via e-mail.

Dr. Margit Brinke
Dr. Peter Kranzle
PO Box 110341
86028 Augsburg, Germany
011 49 821 311565

Freelance writers working with American Journal, updating at this time, looking for story ideas and images. Send via e-mail for consideration

Discover New England-Germany
Wilfred Buss
Buss Consulting
Postfach 1213
82302 Starnberg, Germany
011 49 8151 739 774 V
011 49 8151 739 785 F

Sending representatives to area in September. Self drive FAM., two groups. Looking for guides, places for lunch and suggested properties to visit. E-mail information.


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