||Community Tourism Organizations in CoastalGuide
"All large systems that work start as small systems that work." --Brian Ritchie, co-inventor of Unix and C
Free Tourism Reports (Visitor Information Requests) to CVB's, TDA's, and Chambers of Commerce :
To participate, a community organization must
- Actively and continually promote CoastalGuide to their members in their meetings, newsletters, etc.
- Agree to the terms of the Single Use License, paying particularly close attention to the no-database (Term #3) and reporting (Term #7) requirements. Simply fill out the online form to register.
Please note: Every organization that is using the reports for fulfillment data must complete the license agreement. Use only one email address per license. If you represent multiple organizations, and you do not want the email address for that license added to the mailing program because it would just duplicate a report you are already receiving, make a note of it in the comment box.
Additional information about the ''NC Coastal Tourism Report'' is in Section 2 of the following page. Again, there is no charge to actively participating communities, the fees listed are for commercial sponsors or those communities that wish to subscribe without contributing content.
Coastalguide.com started in early 1995 as a section of a real estate web site which provided background information about the coastal communities in North Carolina. Later that year, as word of the site spread, several local and regional tourism groups asked if they could participate. Many of these organizations did not have the funds or web programming experience required to develop a web presence but they were more than willing to do the research and keystrokes needed for a page or two describing their organization.
Once their information started going up on the web, the focus of the site was drawn sharply toward the tourism industry. A small, steady stream of emails requesting information about the communities and points of interest started coming in.
Somewhere in this evolutionary process it was decided that this new 'online guide' needed a name, ICW.NET seemed to work. CoastalGuide.com was later added, as some interior communities well away from the IntraCoastal Waterway asked to be included.
As previously mentioned, the email started to come in --and how !! Requests for information were 99.9% about accommodations, things to do, restaurants, attractions, history, and relocation. Today, these emails have been consolidated into online mailings known as the ''NC Coastal Tourism Reports'' and are distributed to participating communities and commercial sponsors. The requests received each year now number approximately ten thousand! And, remember, that's just for the NC coastal region east of US 17.
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