Ellicottville’s message is on the move! The staff of the Chamber of Commerce is busy telling people just what Ellicottville is all about through trade show displays.

Jan. 27 through 29, Media and Communications Manager, Chris Chapman, went to the Tristate Outdoor Expo at the Lawrence Convention Center, in Pittsburgh, PA. With over 200 vendors telling people about their outdoor products and venues, the show attracted an estimated 12,500 people.

“I talked with many of the show-goers as they stopped by to find out more about Ellicottville,” Chris said. “I was surprised with how many people had skied at Holiday Valley ‘years ago,’ but have not been back in quite some time. They had no idea we have truly become a year-round, four-season vacation destination. Many didn’t realize the outdoor side just a few hours north.”

While at the show, Chapman estimates he gave out over 700 Ellicottville event bookmarks and about the same number of guides to people that had a genuine interest in exploring Ellicottville for their coming outdoor vacation.

It’s not just those in southwestern Pennsylvania that the Chamber has targeted with a personal touch. In early April, Membership and Events Manager, Barb Pump, will take the Ellicottville story up to our own backyard of Buffalo for a Business First Mentoring Monday event. The focus of the April 3 session at RiverWorks is on women in business, coaching, and mentoring.

“With spring on the way, it’s time to start promoting Ellicottville as a fabulous, fun, and safe ‘girls getaway weekend’ destination,” Pump said. “We have secured a booth to showcase all of the fun activities from all of our various lodging, shopping and, of course, night life. This is a group of professional decision-making women who deserve a weekend of relaxation, pampering and fun.”

Plans and development of similar personal promotional trips are in the works to bring people to Ellicottville. Chamber staff will be using these events to tell people, first-hand, what they can do in Ellicottville and the many ways to enjoy New York’s Vacation Destination. Stay tuned as more trips away are planned.