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A renewed spirit in local tourism

There is new leadership at the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau, and we believe it will result in a revived spirit in the efforts of promoting our area.

A few weeks ago, the CVB’s board announced the hiring of Terri Phillips as the group’s new executive director. On Tuesday, Phillips was officially introduced to the community with a reception at the Millsop Community Center.

Phillips has years of advertising and marketing experience, working with Clear Channel Communications and at the Capitol Music Hall and other venues. That knowledge, which includes concert and event promotion, graphic design and other skills, will come in handy as the CVB works to attract visitors to Hancock and Brooke counties.

We welcome her and wish her well.

In addition, it was announced the CVB had, once again, earned accreditation from the West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. While it is not required of a CVB, in order to receive accreditation, a strict set of guidelines must be followed. Currently, of the 50 CVBs in West Virginia, only 22 are accredited.

A special recognition also must go to Bonnie Burskey, who is set to retire at the end of the month as the CVB’s office manager. Not only has Burskey served the community well in her role with the organization, but in recent months, it was she who stepped up to make sure the CVB’s daily operations were addressed.

That includes handling the process of receiving the accreditation, for which the CVB received 223 points. It takes 164 points to achieve the status.

We thank Burskey for her work throughout the years. She will be missed.

The CVB serves an important role in the community, showcasing the events and attractions available to our residents and visitors alike.

We look forward to seeing what they have planned in the near future for our area.

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