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Let "Stay Local, Play Local" Create Your Perfect Backyard Vacation

New Campaign and Satellite Visitors Center to Help Residents with Summer Planning

Local officials and residents met today in the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road to officially open a new regional satellite Visitors Center and to launch a summer tourism partnership called “Stay Local, Play Local” sponsored by the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB). 

“With the opening of the new center in the County Office Building,  just as local families are making their summer plans, it will be convenient for residents to get ideas and advice for fun, low cost local activities while they go about their  normal business,” said Kurt Burkhart, CACVB Director.

The goal of “Stay Local, Play Local” is to inspire citizens to discover and experience the wide variety of free and low cost activities appealing to all age ranges and interests that our area has to offer. The campaign is aimed at providing lots of appealing, convenient options that will help keep tourism dollars in our area, benefiting local businesses and attractions.  The campaign has a dedicated web site, as well as a Facebook page and a Twitter presence to engage local residents to explore our community this summer.

“The success of Stay Local, Play Local will depend on people sharing their adventures and experiences with others so that we can build excitement and interest in our local amenities,” said Ann Mallek, Chairman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. “ Residents who may be concerned about the costs and hassles of destinations farther away will be very pleased to discover and share these exciting possibilities.”

“The impact that this economic downturn has had on the local, state and national economy has challenged all of us, but there is something that citizens can do to help us here in Charlottesville and that is to choose to vacation in our area. We are fortunate with all the possibilities that exist right here at home, so planning a vacation can be affordable and rewarding.” said Charlottesville mayor Dave Norris.

The Visitors Bureau and Albemarle County partnered in opening the satellite office this month.  The new location will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- Friday. This center will be able to further assist patrons; it is in close proximity to Rt. 250 and has convenient parking. LiveNation tickets are not currently available at the new location.  Visitor Center staff will also provide basic greeting and directional assistance to building users as well as visitors to the region.

For the summer, the Visitors Center - Downtown (610 E. Main St.) has changed its hours of operation and will now be open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m-5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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