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Friday, September 19, 2014

Pitt-Bradford to Mark World Tourism Day Downtown

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford hospitality management program will mark World Tourism Day Sept. 27 with a service project in downtown Bradford that will also promote the downtown area as a place for students to spend time.

In keeping with this year’s World Tourism Day theme, “Tourism and Community Development,” volunteers from Pitt-Bradford will perform general clean-up and projects requested by business owners from 10 a.m. until noon in the area of Main Street downtown.

From noon to 3 p.m., a Main Street Fair will be held for all students to see what is available in Bradford and specifically, what student specials are available for them. The hospitality management program is working with the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Bradford Business District Authority to encourage businesses to set up sidewalk sales and promotions for students.

Businesses not on Main Street downtown can set up on Veterans Square, where information will also be available on destinations in the area.

“This event gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of buying local and local tourism,” said Jennifer Forney, instructor of hospitality management.

World Tourism Day was created to foster awareness of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

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