The Chesapeake Ghost Tours haunts tourists

The Chesapeake Ghost Tours host walking ghost tours year-round that cover the entire Eastern Shore. Each tour has special significance to the history of Chesapeake Bay  area. One of their popular tours is the Ocean City, Maryland, Inlet walk. From the inlet to fourth street, scary ghost encounters are explored in the 90-minute  walking tour. From the life -saving building and the haunted laughing Sally to the Trimper’s Amusement park right on the Ocean City boardwalk with the haunted carousel.

Traverse City businesses prepared for the National Cherry Festival

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The annual National Cherry Festival is July 1-8 this year and Traverse City was busy preparing in recent weeks for the thousands of attendees, including both tourists and citizens. Steve Heap, a professional at the Association of Festival Organizers, says that communication is key when a city prepares for a festival. He also says it gets easier with experience, but still takes the whole year to prepare for the annual festival. Kaylie Camp, 19, has worked two previous Cherry Festivals at Fustini’s, an oil and vinegar store located in downtown Traverse City.

Branding Grand Rapids to lure tourists, businesses

By AMELIA HAVANEC
Capital News Service
LANSING – Creating a community’s brand is more than a logo and a few billboards along the highway. An effective branding strategy promotes recognition and can also unite community residents. “Some people have an impression in their minds of what a city sort of is, and by branding you develop this image and have some control over what that image is going to be,” said Suzeanne Benet, Seidman Marketing Department chair at Grand Valley State University. The online BeerCity USA annual poll declared Grand Rapids as its two-time consecutive winner as a top “beer city.”

And there’s more beyond the foam. Attractions such as ArtPrize, Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and museums enhance the city’s profile as a desirable place for tourists and companies to set up base, according to PureMichigan, the state’s tourism promotion agency.

State officials launch tourism initiative to promote trail network

By DANIELLE WOODWARD
Capital News Service
LANSING — Information for all Michigan trails – including those on the water – would soon be available at the click of a button under legislation recently introduced by lawmakers. That kind of accessibility is part of the Department of Natural Resource’s  plan to attract tourists to Michigan’s trails by improving them and making them easier to find. Lawmakers recently introduced a package of five bills that would label all state trails as Pure Michigan trails, use “trail towns” to connect trails between communities and make trail information available both on a computer and through an app. The department worked closely with the Michigan Trails and Greenway Alliance to develop the plan and the legislation to implement it. The legislation also includes a bill that would take the snowmobile specification out of the Michigan snowmobile and trails advisory council.