Huntsville, AL (PRWEB) March 19, 2014 -- ‘#RocketCitySelfie’ allows visitors to stand in front of a green screen and take a picture of themselves at the Rocket City attraction of their choosing. Completely self-servicing, photos taken at the ‘#RocketCitySelfie’ green screen can be shared via social media and e-mail. '#RocketCitySelfie' is completely free to use.
Whether you want to take your selfie in front of the Space Shuttle Pathfinder at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the nation’s largest open air butterfly house at the Huntsville Botanical Garden or atop Monte Sano Mountain at Huntsville’s oldest museum Burritt on the Mountain, you can do it all…and more with ‘#RocketCitySelfie.’
“We understand that many potential visitors to our community are receiving their information online, in digital formats,” Huntsville/Madison County CVB President/CEO Judy Ryals said. “We’ve added some elements to the Visitor Center that would draw more of these digitally-minded folks inside. We want to be a visitor’s first stop when they come to visit Huntsville.”
The tourism industry is big business for the State of Alabama, and as one of the first stops in the state for many travelers, the Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center® helps promote this important industry not only in the Rocket City but throughout the state. In 2013, travelers spent $11 billion in Alabama and were responsible for more than 163,000 jobs throughout the state, according to numbers recently released by the Alabama Tourism Department.
Ryals explained how ‘#RocketCitySelfie’ aims to better connect visitors to all of the activities and attractions that will keep them busy during their stay in Huntsville/Madison County…and keep them coming back.
"The goal of ‘#RocketCitySelfie’ is for our visitors to envision themselves having fun at our community’s attractions and then go make it happen,” Ryals said. “It’s our job at the Visitor Center to provide them with the information they need to go out and experience first-hand the amazing, one-of-a-kind activities our community has to offer.”
Another new addition to the Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center® is a digital sign-in kiosk for visitors that will allow them to explore huntsville.org and sign up to receive updates on what to do in Huntsville/Madison County.
Charles Winters, Executive Vice President of the Huntsville/Madison County CVB, shared the history of the Visitor Center before a stand-alone facility was built in 2004. He explained how the digital sign-in kiosk and ‘#RocketCitySelfie’ are ways to stay better connected with visitors, creating a space that inspires them to get out and explore the Rocket City.
“The welcome mat is out at the Visitor Center, and we continue to encourage visitors to make us their first Rocket City stop because of the information, resources and even discounts available to them here,” Winters said. “It was a huge leap forward for our community when our Visitor Center opened ten years ago. Before that, the CVB and Visitor Center were housed in the Von Braun Center. While we enjoyed our time there, we knew we needed to grow to meet the needs of Huntsville/Madison County visitors.”
Both the ‘#RocketCitySelfie’ and digital sign-in kiosk are products from the Huntsville-based Somerset Group.
For more information, please contact Jessica Carlton at jessica(at)huntsville(dot)org or 256.551.2294.
About the Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center®
A part of the Huntsville/Madison County CVB, the Visitor Center is the launch pad for vacations in the Rocket City and Madison County. Offering visitors and residents a wealth of information on what to see and do in the Rocket City and surrounding areas, the Visitor Center is open 7 days a week. Visitor Information Assistants stand ready to answer any and all questions about sights to see, dishes to savor, attractions to visit and more. Attraction, sporting and art discount coupons are also available at the Visitor Center.
Jessica Carlton, Huntsville/Madison CVB, http://www.huntsville.org, +1 (256) 551-2294, [email protected]