Tourism Industry Growing

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

Expansion at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. The proposed Staunton Performing Arts Center. Growth at the Frontier Culture Museum.

"There's so many great projects on the drawing boards, and most of them have something to do with tourism," Sergei Troubetzkoy, Director of the Staunton Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Monday.

The bureau's annual tourism town meeting, held Monday at the White Star Tavern, drew its largest crowd ever. Those on hand got a look at several of the city's current and future tourist attractions.

"For such a small town, there are a lot of great things happening," said Brian Ososky, marketing director for Shenandoah Shakespeare and a member of the city's tourism advisory board.

"And everybody is really working hard to work together."

The biggest cause for excitement? Thinking about what the city will look like in a few years.

"A few years from now, you're not even going to recognize it," said Ososky. "And I think it's going to be terrific for Staunton."

"To put it in one word, it's wow," said Troubetzkoy. "Staunton really is becoming a dominant force in western Virginia, and we're excited about it."

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