Tuesday, March 5, 2013

WOW! Mark your calendar and check this out!

The WOW (Winnipesaukee-Opechee-Winnisquam) Trail is one of the great things about Laconia, a beautiful, accessible amble along the lakeshore. Come on Tuesday March 19th and hear this presentation about how its only going to get better! 

From the director of the WOW Trail: 

The WOW Trail and the Laconia Main Street Initiative will be offering a special presentation, Capturing the Economic Potential of Rail Trails, on Tuesday March 19th, 2013.  The program will be presented by Carl Knoch of the Rails to Trails Conservancy at Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia at 7 pm.  
Planning and construction of several rail trails is currently underway in a number of Lakes Region towns: Bristol, Franklin, Northfield, Tilton, Belmont, Laconia and Wolfeboro. In addition, the 60 mile-long Northern Rail Trail was just named to the Rails to Trails Conservancy’s Top 100 Rail Trails in the United States.  Rail trails add to the quality of life of local residents and can add to downtown foot traffic, but they are also an attraction for new visitors and a new type of year-round tourism.   
In this program Mr. Knoch will explain the types and levels of economic activity related to recreational trail tourism, how it varies with length of trail, and methods of attracting, welcoming, and enticing trail users into the community based upon the successful Trail Town Program in Pennsylvania (www.trailtowns.org). Carl Knoch has nearly 30 years of professional experience in marketing and marketing research.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Keystone Society for Tourism in recognition of his efforts to promote trails and tourism destinations. He also serves as a volunteer director for the York County Rail Trail Authority.
A question and answer session will follow the presentation.  
Business-owners, decision-makers and trail supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event.  Please RSVP to Diane Hanley at info@wowtrail.org or call 524-7821.

More information about the WOW Trail here.  More information about Laconia Main Street here.
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