Southern Delaware Tourism hosts 4th Annual Tourism Partners Expo

Southern Delaware Tourism held its 4th Annual Tourism Partners Expo on Tuesday, April 16, at Nassau Valley Vineyards. The annual Expo is an opportunity for tourism-related businesses in Sussex County to showcase their offerings to representatives of area accommodations providers so they, in turn, can share the information with their guests throughout the coming season. Exhibitors included outfitters, historical societies, attractions, event organizers, transportation providers and tour companies.

The Expo also provided an opportunity for exhibitors to highlight new offerings, and it provides a venue for tourism partners to get creative — to network and brainstorm about ways of working together to provide new experiences for visitors and locals alike.

This year’s Expo featured 20 exhibitors. Lana O’Hollaren, Southern Delaware Tourism’s Marketing Manager is pleased with the conversations and collaborations the expo encourages between tourism partners. “And, of course,” she said, “our hotel partners discovered many new activities and experiences throughout Sussex County to share with their guests.”

Ingrid Hopkins, owner of The Covered Bridge Inn in Lewes, says “Trying to grow your business can be a very overwhelming adventure.  Southern Delaware Tourism help to streamline this process! They have gathered a group of tourism professionals into one place and allowed everyone to connect and be inspired. I left the expo with fresh excitement to tackle the upcoming busy season, and gained a few new ideas of how to keep business going year round.I am very grateful for my new friends and colleagues from the expo. Many thanks to Southern Delaware Tourism for creating this community of tourism business professionals.”

Southern Delaware Tourism supports and encourages the identification, development and promotion of sustainable, year-round tourism in Southern Delaware that contributes to economic growth and improves the quality of life. For more information, call Southern Delaware Tourism at (302) 856-1818 or visit their website,