originally posted in the Hickory Daily Record
VALDESE — The Valdese Community Affairs & Tourism Department has launched a new tourism website to showcase amenities, businesses and downtown happenings in Valdese.
Visitvaldese.com, launched Aug. 23, provides a user-friendly layout to virtually explore the town. Visitors will be able to quickly navigate pages for attractions, town events, where to stay, and what to do. Created in partnership with VanNoppen Marketing of Morganton, the site showcases the reasons to visit Valdese.
Morrissa Angi, Director of Community Affairs & Tourism for Valdese, said visitors to the site can preview local restaurants, parks, trails and local attractions with videos and images.
“Though a smaller town, Valdese truly has so much to offer," Angi said. "From our well-known celebrations to hidden gems of the town, the new site will provide a unique preview of everything Valdese."
The site features detailed descriptions of each town attraction, along with photography provided by Valdese resident and freelance photographer Jeri Boerger. A narrative of the town’s history is present throughout the website’s design.
The site also shines a light on the spirited downtown district of Valdese, featuring a page for each local business, from bakeries to bait shops. Visitors can discover the wide variety of shops, restaurants, and services offered in downtown, as well as be directed to business contact information.
“Our number one goal in the Community Affairs & Tourism Department is to bring people to Valdese, and I believe this website will provide a great first impression of our quaint downtown," Angi said.
The new site provides an informative, detailed tool to assist with day trip planning, exploring local businesses, relocation or making plans to attend one of many town events throughout the year. An interactive map is a useful tool for enjoying the walkability of Valdese.