If you advertise it, they will come.
That's what we've always thought about the great things our county has to offer as tourist attractions. And now, it looks like at least two local groups formed to promote tourism are about to find out this is true.
The Columbiana County Golden Triangle, a new organization formed by people in Lisbon, Salem and Hanoverton interested in promoting tourism of historical sites in those areas, announced last week a tour bus from the Pittsburgh area will be visiting the county for a ghost cemetery tour on Oct. 30. The group of 45 will be given guided tours of cemeteries in Lisbon, Hanoverton and Salem, with stops at the Steel Trolley Diner in Lisbon and the Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton.
This is the first bus tour group booked by the new group. The group offers a variety of packages for ghost tours, tours of Civil War sites, tours of Victorian homes and local history tours.
Meanwhile, the new countywide tourism board, consisting of local chambers of commerce, has arranged a September visit from about 30 representatives from bus tour companies. The group will be here Sept. 21-24, visiting various locations during those three days in the hope they will come away impressed enough to develop tour packages with Columbiana County as a destination.
Now its up to our communities to make sure we're spruced up and ready to receive visitors. Our tourism groups are well-versed in all this county has to offer, we just need to put on our Sunday finest and roll out the red carpet to welcome these visitors.
We've all been grousing about the road construction that has hindered our travels just about everywhere around the county this summer, but now that most of the paving has been completed, isn't it nice that potential tourists will have smooth traveling through our area?
With the right presentation our county could become a regular sight-seeing stop for tour groups and we believe these joint efforts are just the ticket to making that happen.