Southern Delaware Tourism, chambers cry foul over proposed funding cut

  SUSSEX COUNTY — In reaction to proposed spending cuts to reduce the state’s projected $380 million shortfall, tourism officials in southern Delaware are readying for a fight to preserve their funding. “We are fighting to state our case to our legislators, the Joint Finance Committee and powers that be that we understand the state […]

Dover man cool with Iceland’s sites, history

The mere mention of the country of Iceland in conversation or in reading travel literature most often created a psychosomatic chill in me. It was certainly not a place I had on my top-10 most wanted to see travel bucket list. It really never was on my radar and how could it be with a […]

Kent County Tourism unveils new branding

  DOVER — “There is something, when we are looking outside of Delaware, to being able to say that we’re in Delaware and we are the quaint villages,” said Thomas Frank, Chief Creative Officer of Delucchi Plus, the firm responsible for Kent County’s new branding. “We’re not the beaches, we’re not Wilmington, we’re everything in […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tourism efforts don’t amount to much in Delaware

I recently heard gubernatorial candidate John Carney state that tourism and development drive the economy of Delaware. Last week, I see a full-page article extolling how tourism is thriving here. [“Report shows Delaware tourism marketing is working,” Sept. 30] I don’t know what world these people live in, but it sure ain’t where I live. […]

Report shows Delaware’s tourism marketing is working

DOVER — Delaware’s tourism branding and messaging is working successfully at positively influencing the view potential visitors have of the state, according to a new, independently produced report. FutureBrand, an international brand consulting firm, just released the results of a study it conducted examining domestic traveler impressions of U.S. states, districts and territories and how […]

Abbott’s Mill Nature Center celebrates 35 years

MILFORD –– Abbott’s Mill Nature Center is in the midst of celebrating its 35th anniversary and ongoing programming options are bound to keep kids and adults interested in its 482 acres of preserved wilderness. Traditional programs like weekly tours of the nature center’s namesake mill offer locals and visitors alike the chance to learn about […]

Always wise to update your calendar with a pencil

DOVER — Today’s column is a public service for those of you who like to keep your calendars in order. The lesson, so far in 2016, is to use a pencil. *** First, for those of you who have been eagerly awaiting the full lineup for this year’s Delaware State Fair, it’s almost time. Fair […]

8 million visitors drop $3 billion in state coffers

Events like the annual Sandcastle Contest at Rehoboth Beach also help draw people to Sussex County. Delaware had a record 8 million visitors in 2014. (Delaware State News file/Dave Chambers)

DOVER — Linda Parkowski believed 2014 was a good year for Delaware’s tourism industry. The Delaware Tourism Office director was thrilled when learning just how good it was. A published analysis by D.K. Shiflett and Rockport Analytics showed tourism contributed $3 billion to the First State’s gross domestic product in 2014, thanks to 8 million […]

Kent County Tourism’s Vestfall driven to success

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DOVER — A self-professed “humongous NASCAR fan,” Wendie Vestfall already had been to Dover several times prior to becoming the new executive director of Kent County Tourism. Upon accepting the job, she found out quickly there is much more to the area than fast cars and casinos. Taking the reins Jan. 18, Ms. Vestfall has […]

Faisons gear up for new dirt track

Silo Speedway owner Ron Faison of Felton and his son, C.J. Faison of Seaford, push one of the cars that C.J. hopefully will be driving at the new Felton dirt track next spring. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

FELTON — Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to start your engines. The quarter-mile Silo Speedway will debut in April, bringing opportunity for drivers who have outgrown go-karts and aren’t yet ready for Modifieds and Super Late Models. An interest meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Delaware Auto Exchange just north of Felton on […]