Flint & Genesee CVB Invites Community to Become Tourists

(FLINT, MICH - July 2, 2013)  Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at the Whiting or inside the University of Michigan Flint Recreation Center?  Do you have an interest in seeing cultural center attractions without an entrance fee?  Or maybe you would love to eat downtown for a discount.  On Saturday, July 20 the Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) invites the community to Be a Tourist in Your Home Town.  The day-long event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tim Herman, Chamber CEO says that Be a Tourist in Your Home Town is a uniquely Flint experience that allows the community to enjoy the jewels of the region.

“When visitors come to the region there are places they often ask to see, but many people who have lived in the region their entire lives have never experienced those attractions,” said Herman.  “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this rare chance to enjoy some of the richness our community has to offer in a one-day tour.”

Be a Tourist in Your Home Town provides an opportunity to experience Flint for a $1 fee.  Tourists begin at the Riverfront Residence Hall in downtown Flint and travel along a designated route visiting a variety of venues along the way.  Transportation will be provided courtesy of event sponsor Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) of Flint.

Tourists can depart the bus to experience chosen venues along the route and then board the next bus to see additional destinations.  Discounts also are available at downtown restaurants for lunch or dinner throughout the day.

According to Cheryl DeFrain, Director of the CVB tourists will get to experience Flint’s most popular and interesting attractions through Be a Tourist in Your Home Town.  She says the day will be fun and action filled for all those who accept the invitation.

“Be a Tourist provides a unique experience for people in Flint and Genesee County to feel like tourists in one this state’s most interesting cities,” said DeFrain.  “The goal of the event is to help local people see the aspects of this community that draw visitors to our region each year.  For some people the many venues along the way will serve as reminders of what they already know, but our hope is that many of our local tourists will learn about new places and offerings in the community.  This is a great chance to see the progress in our region.”

Tourists can experience the lobby at the Capitol Theater, see the vintage “Lumber City” baseball team at the Whaley House, see stars at the Planetarium, hear stories at the Flint Library, eat barbeque at the Farmer’s Market, tour the gardens at Applewood, see art at the Flint Institute of Arts and the Greater Flint Arts Council, checkout the University of Michigan-Flint Recreation Center and more.  Each stop along the route will offer interactive opportunities for tourists.

To register or to see a complete list of venues, as well as the route visit flintandgenesee.org. Contact Brian Sullilvan (810) 600-1404 for additional information.

Riverfront Banquet Center is located at 1 W. Riverfront Center in downtown Flint.