NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 10, 2012

Miles a special guest at visitors center


Newburyport Daily News

---- — SALISBURY — Last week, the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted an open house at the Maria Miles Visitors Center in Salisbury, welcoming travel industry colleagues, Essex County Chamber of Commerce representatives and local residents. Special guest was the woman who fought to open the centerand for whom the center is named, Salisbury resident Maria Miles.

Said Sue Ann Pearson, executive director of the CVB, “It was a special treat to have Maria Miles visit us and renew our enthusiasm to keep this important gateway center open for visitors coming into our region and state. We had over 219,438 visitors so far this year, and we anticipate another 18,000 before the end of the year.”

The North of Boston reopened the Gateway Visitors Center on Interstate 95 in Salisbury when most visitors centers in the state remained closed and no one would take the daunting task to reopen these centers. North of Boston CVB did just that and has worked in partnership with the Department of Transportation and the Mass Office of Travel & Tourism to keep this important center active and open.

Pearson said, “It is our job to welcome visitors, work with them on regional itineraries and guide them with making sure while they are in our region, they see all there is to see in the 34 cities and towns that make up Essex County. Visitors are so surprised with the diversity of our region, and how much we have to offer.

The center is open seven days a week.