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Tourism Alliance Launches Membership Drive
MARCH 24, 2005--The St. Croix Valley Regional Tourism Alliance, a nationally
recognized nonprofit organization that promotes tourism in the St. Croix
Valley, is launching a major membership recruitment effort.
"This is the first year that a comprehensive membership drive is
being held," said Mark Kinders, SCVRTA president. The membership
drive is being coordinated by Jose H. Trejo, who is a management consultant
in St. Croix Falls, Wis.
SCVRTA is a collaborative partnership promoting tourism-related activities
in the lower St. Croix Valley from St. Croix Falls, Wis., and Taylors
Falls, Minn., in the north to Hastings, Minn., and Prescott, Wis., in
"The alliance promotes the19 communities of the St. Croix Valley
as a single destination in major population centers, like the Twin Cities,"
said Kinders. "We are very fortunate to live in this beautiful river
valley, with its extensive scenic panoramas and attractions, and through
our cooperative efforts in attracting visitors, everyone benefits."
Members include lodging establishments, restaurants, retail outlets, boutiques,
salons and service providers, marinas, golf courses, attractions, business
associations, manufacturers and others.
The alliance serves as an educational resource for the history, culture
and natural resources of the lower St. Croix Valley and is dedicated to
tourism in its member communities through cooperative promotional efforts.
In addition, SCVRTA offers extensive networking and education opportunities,
centralized information on upcoming events for visitors to the valley,
and regional exposure to the participating members.
A full-color, 50-page regional tourism magazine has just been published
by the alliance as part of its extensive efforts to attract tourists to
the area. The magazine is being distributed throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota,
including at the Mall of America. Its Web site, www.saintcroixriver.com,
has thousands of visits each month to obtain information from the valley.
Over its 11-year history, the alliance has received numerous grants from
Wisconsin and Minnesota tourism departments to promote visits to the valley.
Those activities have increased visitors’ expenditures in the valley.
The efforts of the alliance have been recognized with a half-dozen national,
state and regional awards for its collaborative structure and for its
marketing campaigns and communications.
"The success of the organization is due in part to the support of
government officials at the local, regional and state levels, as well
as the involvement and support of the members and communities served,"
said Kinders, "This is an all-volunteer organization utilizing the
talents and abilities of its members to succeed."
Kinders said that new members will gain by the networking and tourism
educational opportunities associated with the alliance, as well as increased
opportunities for reaching prospective customers. The membership fees
will be used to expand the alliance’s marketing efforts, Kinders
Wisconsin communities served by the alliance include Prescott, River Falls,
Hudson, North Hudson, Somerset, New Richmond, Star Prairie, Osceola, Dresser
and St. Croix Falls. Minnesota communities include Hastings, Afton, Lakeland,
Lake Elmo, Bayport, Oak Park Heights, Stillwater, Marine-on-St. Croix,
Scandia and Taylors Falls.
For information on becoming a member of the alliance, contact Trejo at
715/483-3247, or via e-mail Trejo@centurytel.net.
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