“We are very excited about our new location,” said Pam Baird, the commission’s secretary. Baird explained the move saying that the commission felt the history the courthouse provides, along with a better accessibility to the public are the main reasons for the move. “This location allows the commission office to be in the middle of everything,” said Baird, adding the new location will be better for visitors. The Tourism office is a great place for locals to come and find out more about their county as well.
In 2000, the Logan County Fiscal Court established the Tourist and Convention Commission for the mission of: "Promoting tourism activity within Logan County.” In addition to information about places in Logan County, the Tourism office also contains many brochures about nearby attractions, as well as state tourism books, maps and more. The office helps people find the information they need when they visit Logan County.
The Commission is funded by the transient room tax and by donations. Lodging includes hotels, motels, B&Bs, Inns, lodges, cabins, vacation rentals, etc. which provide overnight accommodations to the public. This tax is paid directly to the Logan County Treasurers office. There are currently seven members on the commission. Commissioners serve on a volunteer basis with terms from one to three years depending upon the position open.
The Logan County Tourist and Convention Commission is made up of representatives from various areas of business such as food service and lodging. These representatives have a background involving public service and possess a wide range of tourism related experience.
Much of the information about local attractions at the office has been compiled in the last couple of years in response to an assessment of the county done a few years ago. The report was critical of Logan County’s lack of “wayfinding” for visitors, and response to that, the Tourism Commission began a Wayfinding Project designed to identify and map out all the points of interest in the county. The commission first began putting this information on their web site (www.visitlogancounty.net) and then began creating brochures and large wayfinding maps. These unique maps, which have been placed in kiosks around the county to better help those trying to find where they are and where they wish to go.
The office is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Baird will be there to help you find your way around Logan County and direct you to the many areas of interest.
Baird, who recently joined the Logan County Tourist Convention and Commission, brings 25 plus years experience as an office manager. She loves volunteering and does so locally serving on the Logan County Humane Society. She loves her new position with the Logan County Tourism and says she is ready for the task.
Baird is currently updating the tourism website. “It is extremely important for the visitors to our website to get the correct information. We have so many events in Logan County that take place every year such as the Maple Syrup Festival February 24-25 and the Adairville Strawberry Festival in May. These types of events bring visitors to our county which in turn brings more income to our local businesses,” said Baird whose job is to help promote local tourism. Baird will continue to update the www.visitlogancounty.net website with new events. She encourages everyone to visit the site as well as stop and visit at the new location.
You may contact the Logan County Tourism office by phone 270-726-1678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.