Tourism stats from the CVB Jan-June.
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Stillwater Tourism Update

Exclusive report from the Convention & Visitor's Bureau on marketing for Stillwater area tourism related businesses -
lodging, restaurants, shops, attractions, and events. 

  • 2015 Year-to-Date (Jan-June) we've seen a 68% increase in users - that’s 126,000 people using the website with an average of 2,600 page views per day.
  • We are focusing our advertising dollars on off-season and as a result saw the largest increase in website traffic ever during 1st quarter - 75%!
  • Most popular section remains: Events Calendar
  • Lodging Revenue: 2014 year-end lodging tax income highest on record.
50,000+ flying off the shelves and through the U.S. postal mail!
Requests are sent by mail, shipped to brides for visiting guests or tour operators and distributed at downtown shops, MOA, MSP Airport, travel information centers, events, lodging, and more. 

REMINDER: Downtown guide pick up spots are Water Street InnNorthern Vineyards, and Alfresco Casual Living. Limited inventory remaining due to the popularity of the guides this year.
We send requests to visitors traveling from nearly every state in the US and many international destinations as well: Canada, Africa, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, France, Germany, Romania, etc.

2016 Ad Sales Start September 1st. Details to follow. Our print distribution will increase again.

Feedback from you and customers on content always welcome as well, so please share now as we begin layout.

Thank you for being Stillwater Ambassadors!
  • New Travel TV Show - Tune into Fox Sports North/Fox WI for The Minnesota Traveler. Stillwater segment will feature fall and winter attractions airing 12 times starting Sunday, August 30th. Stay tuned for viewing party details.
  • Radio Campaign for Downtown Holiday Shopping/Dining.  Twin Cities entertainment talk radio station, MyTalk FM 107.1 Discover Stillwater spots featuring select boutiques, restaurants, attractions. Co-op advertising opportunity details coming soon.
  • Photo Contest - Runs June - August with online voting in September. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Stillwater Getaway Package valued over $700 for popular vote winner. If you still need a poster, please let me know or promote on your social channels. You, your staff, and your customers can enter this, too! 
In other news...
Welcome aboard!
The Stillwater Convention & Visitor's Bureau Board of Directors welcomes Jerry Helmberger of Aurora Staples Inn as the new President and Alex Rojas of the Lowell Inn as the new Vice President. In addition, Larry Loyer of the Rivertown Inn officially represents small property members.
Twin Cities Campaign
The Explore Minnesota metro group of CVBs (we are members) is targeting Milwaukee, Wisconsin travelers with a campaign this fall. Advertising includes billboards, digital, newspaper, television (including a segment on MN Traveler TV show). Make sure your business is listed on - it's FREE!  #OnlyinMN campaign continues and it's winning awards.
America's Best Towns for Fall Colors
Don't forget, Stillwater received a national shout-out from  Fodor's travel last year, so we can keep bragging about this leading into colorful leaves season. If you have something new you'd like to feature for your business this fall/winter, please feel free to share. Thank you!
The CVB creates an annual advertising campaign, produces content for social media, public relations, monthly e-newsletter, publishes an annual visitor guide/map, provides customer service for visitors via phone, email, online and manages the official tourism website We continue to build the message of Stillwater as the Historic Birthplace of Minnesota and year-round overnight destination full of many fun experiences for vacation travelers, meeting planners, weddings, and group travel. 

We are here to help you, so please feel free to call, email or meet with us to better understand how we can work together!  We are a non-profit paid for by lodging taxes so our services are free. Updates to your listing on our website can be made at anytime, so please help us keep information up to date.

Thank you for maintaining your unique businesses. Your story is what we get to brag about. Keep up the great work!

~ Christie Rosckes, Marketing Director

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Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB) Board of Directors: 
President -
Jerry Helmberger, Aurora Staples Inn 
Vice President - Alex Rojas, Lowell Inn
Secretary - Steve Roll, Super 8
Treasurer - Chuck Dougherty, Water Street Inn
Voting Members: Tiki Oswald - AmericInn, Larry Loyer- Rivertown Inn, Shannon McGregor - Grandstay 
Representatives from Community: City of Stillwater (Doug
Menikheim, City Council), City of Oak Park Heights (Mayor Mary McComber), MainStreet IBA (Sherri Hopke, President) , Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce (Todd Streeter, Executive Director)
CVB Mission:
To increase the economic benefit of tourism with an emphasis on overnight stays.
Tourism Updates are provided periodically to Stillwater tourism businesses and affliates. 
2014 Year End Report (Feb)   2015 Season Kick Off (April)
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