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Bus tours look to entice more visitors

AMHERST TWP. — A busload of tour bus planners and operators from around the country will be taking a familiarization tour of Lorain and Medina counties later this month.

Jennifer Kennedy, interim director of the Lorain County Visitors Bureau, said the tour will visit Lorain County on Jan. 18 before participants spend the night in Medina County to visit locations there the next day.

It will follow the annual meeting of the American Bus Association, which takes place Jan. 14 through Jan. 17 in Cleveland.

“We are getting to show off Lorain County with the goal that they will bring tours back here,” Kennedy said.

The tour will take participants to locations in Lorain County including Miller Nature Preserve in Avon, the Palace Theater and Lakeview Park in Lorain, Sandstone Village in Amherst as well as a stop in Oberlin.

After that, Kennedy said the tour will head to Medina County, where participants will stay the night before touring locations such as Maple Side Farms in Brunswick and Root Candles and Castle Noel in Medina.

Kennedy said a typical bus tour typically brings around 50 people to a location, which can be an economic boost to the region because visitors shop, dine and visit tourist attractions.

Lorain County Commissioner Lori Kokoski said in a news release that she’s pleased by the tour coming through.

“We are excited to welcome ABA members to Lorain County. I am confident they will relish in our charming villages, unique history, remarkable nature, museums and extraordinary shopping,” Kokoski said.

Kennedy said getting the familiarization tour a win for the Visitor’s Bureau, also known as Visit Lorain County, and falls squarely in what the organization is supposed to do.

“We’re out there trying to get people to visit,” she said.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.

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