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New Sussex visitors guide mixes tourism and business

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Southern Delaware Tourism (SDT) and Sussex County Economic Development have teamed up to create a new kind of visitors guide that combines tourism and business-friendly details.

The idea behind the new concept is that tourism and business attraction exist on the same spectrum. “It starts with a visit” has become a catchphrase among the county’s tourism officials.

“All the time, we see first visits turning into summer vacations that become beloved traditions families share for generations,” said Scott Thomas, executive director of SDT. “For entrepreneurs and business executives, first visits often lead to serious, detailed inquiries about our local business climate and, from there, to new local businesses. It just makes sense to offer information of interest to both visitors and entrepreneurs in the same resource guide because the two groups often overlap. Tourism is, after all, economic development.”

The new visitors guides will be distributed beginning this summer. The county’s top economic development official has lauded the guide.

“Our beautiful beaches, bays and waterways are just the gateway to good living in Sussex County,” said Bill Pfaff, director of Sussex County Economic Development. “Who wouldn’t want to live, work or run a business in the place where you vacation?”

Pfaff sees the visitors’ guide as an open invitation to take a look at the business, manufacturing and tech side of Sussex.

“Give us a call regarding our current incentives and low interest loan program,” he added.

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