2012 Official Guide to the SRV Now Available

The Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau (SRVVB), which is the Tourism Promotion Agency for Snyder, Northumberland and Union Counties, is pleased to unveil its 2012 Official Guide. The 76-page Guide is the Bureau's key promotional piece for the year. 85,000 copies are mailed and distributed each year to prospective tourists and visitors.

The Guide is distributed at PA Welcome Centers, local universities, hotels and restaurants, county government offices, and many other locations. An additional 15,000-20,000 Guides are downloaded from VisitCentralPA.org each year.

The cover of the Official Guide features a beautiful rural scene of hay bales in a Snyder County field. The image was captured by local photographer Michael Dreese. The image is superimposed over an image of the Susquehanna River, also taken by Michael Dreese.

The cover also features four images that capture four types of treasures found in the region - outdoors, arts and culture, historical, and town and country.

All photography used in the Guide, and on the Visitors Bureau's website, is local photography - either from local photographers or winners of the SRVVB's annual photo contest.

The 2012 Guide emphasizes the many thriving downtowns in the region. The towns are featured in 2-page spreads that include a map, a list of things to do, and a brief history about the town and their offerings. The featured towns are:

  • Selinsgrove, Shamokin Dam and Hummels Wharf
  • Lewisburg, New Berlin and Vicksburg
  • Mifflinburg, Penns Creek, Middleburg, and Beaver Springs
  • Milton and Watsontown
  • Northumberland and Sunbury
  • Mount Carmel and Shamokin

The Visitors Bureau worked with AdOne Advertising and Design in Sunbury on the design and production of the 76-page Guide. The lead designer on the project was Michael Tobin.

For the first time, the Guide also promotes the Visitors Bureau's mobile apps for iPhone and Android smartphones. The app was released in July and has had 1,800 downloads to date. Readers can scan a QR code to be taken directly to the Apple App store and Android Market.

The inside contains an extensive calendar of events and sections on History and Heritage, The Great Outdoors, Shopping, Dining, Lodging, and Area Resources. Nearly 300 SRVVB members are represented in the Guide. To become a member of the Visitors Bureau, businesses should call Barbara at 570-524-7234. Local businesses interested in using the Guide as an HR recruitment tool are encouraged to contact Helen at 570-524-7234 or info@VisitCentralPA.org.

Community members can pick up a free copy of the new Guide at the Visitors Bureau, located at the intersection of Route 15 and Hafer Road, next to Country Cupboard, in Lewisburg. The Visitors Bureau's winter hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am-4 pm.

Residents and visitors can also call 1-800-525-7320 to request that a free copy be mailed to them. The Guide can also be viewed, downloaded and printed from VisitCentralPA.org.

For more information about the Visitors Bureau and the tri-county region, go to VisitCentralPA.org, Facebook.com/SusquehannaRiverValley or Twitter.com/SusqRiverValley