Buffalo River Chamber of Commerce Announced
A group of tourism-related businesses have announced the formation of the Buffalo River Chamber of Commerce, which has been created to promote and protect the entire 150-mile Buffalo National River, the first national wild river park in America.
The chamber has launched an innovative and comprehensive website, http://buffaloriverchamber.com/ designed to elevate the Buffalo River's national prominence to a level equal to other famous American national parks like Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon.
"The Buffalo River is the greatest tourism treasure in Arkansas," said Michael Dougherty, the president of the group. "Our website helps visitors plan their stay with "deep content" details, answering all their questions about where to go and what to do on this majestic Ozark river. Visitors can also sign up for the Buffalo River News, an email newsletter designed to provide up-to-date news on events and seasonal opportunities. Our new mobile site will be launched within days." Much more content is under development.
The website simplifies the important linking of recreational activities such a canoeing and hiking to scenic areas along the Buffalo River to businesses and government agencies that perform those services in that part of the river. The site will also link lodging and dining facilities to all the most popular tourist destinations on the upper, middle, and lower parts of the Buffalo National River.
"We are excited that the newly formed Buffalo River Chamber of Commerce will lead more people to this area," said Eileen and John Olwell, owners of the White Buffalo Resort. "The online tools will facilitate the planning for first time visitors, and for returning customers who want to venture out a little farther and explore all the area has to offer."
The Buffalo River Chamber, a bona fide member of the National Chambers of Commerce and is now accepting new members. Prospective members may apply by going to the membership page at http://buffaloriverchamber.com/membership_top.html.
BRC members receive exceptional benefits, including in-depth full page website coverage of their businesses and profit centers. As an added feature, member listings are integrated into attraction content so that customers can plan their stay with specifics on nearby locations, costs, times, distances and maps. Members also get the benefits of an email newsletter to complement the goals of the website and free members-only workshops to strengthen their websites and internet marketing strategies. An additional member benefit is inclusion in the website for mobile phones.
"We think we have created the "go-to" website for the Buffalo River National Park," said Joseph Morgan, co-owner of the historic Arkansas House Inn, Cabin and Cafe in Jasper. "We have given this great river, a true world-class national treasure, a website presence equal to its purity and pristine beauty." That's important because market studies show that 18% of the US population lives within two tanks of gas of the Buffalo National River.
"If we can get the word out,new visitors will come," said Mike McLaurin, co-owner of Newton County's famous Cliff House Inn. "Once they come and experience the river, they will be visitors for life."
The chamber's campaign to promote the Buffalo will be centered on the Internet, but it will also include partnering with other organizations on the local, state and national levels to insure that the river has a group dedicated to advocating for its water purity and scenic qualities, which make it one of America's best-loved, but least-known national parks.
"We regard it as a privilege to represent the commercial interests of the Buffalo River," said Dave Klenczar, owner of Leatherwood Cabins near Ponca. "That's because our commerce depends on the Buffalo's reputation as being America's last unspoiled, river from its birth in the highlands of the Ozark National Forest to its confluence with the White River. We intend to keep it that way so our great grandchildren will be able to experience the wonders of this natural river."
For additional information please contact:
Michael Dougherty, President
(888) 788-6456 Voice/Fax
For Immediate Release February 17, 2011
Buffalo River Chamber of Commerce Announced
Serving America's First National Wild River