Visit Lebanon Valley moves into its own office

Visit Lebanon Valley, a non-profit organization that provides information on entertainment, accommodation, restaurants and everything else to visitors to the county, has moved to a new location in the North Cornwall Commons.

Now located at 115 Springwood Dr. Suite 500, the Visit Lebanon Valley Welcome Center is also home to Lebanon Lilly, the organization’s official mascot cow, and her children’s book. The Adventures of Lebanon Lillyboth prominent and perfect for selfie opportunities.

Visit Lebanon Valley president Jennifer Kuzo said the move stemmed from a need for privacy and a place apart. As an organization of only two people, they shared the space behind the Lebanon Farmers Market for a number of years, which did not allow them enough privacy to have meetings. Last year she shared an office with Iron Valley Real Estate on Cumberland Street.

“We were always looking for a permanent place that we could call our own. As our income has increased to the point where we can afford a little mortgage, a little rent increase,” she said, “we l feel like we’ve elevated the mission of our operation to the point that we need and deserve a location of our own.”

Its relationship to nearby freeways and highways as well as its proximity to the exhibition center have made it an ideal location for offices so far, Kuzo said.

On Friday, December 9 from 2 to 6 p.m., the public is invited to an open house, celebrating the opening of the new office.

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Kuzo said she hopes locals will get out and rediscover everything available in their backyards, as seasonal events, local businesses and a map of attractions will be promoted in the visitor center.

The office is now open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kuzo said she hopes in the future to be able to add more staff members, allowing them to have evening and Saturday hours.

The organization is funded by a portion of the local hotel occupancy tax, which includes motels, Air BnBs, and campgrounds, among other types of accommodations.

Since 2016, the county has seen a 156% increase in overnight stays at these locations, Kuzo said.

“Our job is to be responsible for advertising, marketing and promoting the Lebanon Valley as a viable destination,” Kuzo said. “So in turn, Visit Lebanon Valley supports the attractions, hotels, restaurants, businesses that thrive when visitors and locals spend time and money in the county.”

Visit Lebanon Valley gathers information on events across the county of Lebanon that might be of interest to visitors and residents. Much of this information is available in brochures and maps in their office and on their website at visitlebanonvalley.com.

They also set up the Lebanon Valley Libations Trail, which includes the many breweries, taverns and pubs the area has to offer. Checking in at eight different locations rewards trail-goers with a free Libation Trail logo t-shirt.

In January, the organization will publish details of its annual coffee tour, Java Journey, which begins with a cup and a passport to the best coffees in the region.

“We aim to strengthen the economy of the Lebanon Valley through tourism and improve the quality of life and even a bit of regional pride,” Kuzo said. “We’ve got some great things going on here, and we’re proud to showcase them and be true to our roots in presenting an accurate picture of things to do here and places to go.”

Daniel Larlham Jr. is a reporter for the Lebanon Daily News. Join it at[email protected] or on Twitter @djlarlham

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