2012 Winter Newsletter
Charlestown - Coventry - East Greenwich - Exeter - Hopkinton - Narragansett -
North Kingstown - Richmond - South Kingstown - West Greenwich - Westerly
In This Issue:
South County Tourism Council Wins the Gold!
Leading Website
Esprit de Corps
South County Graces Vogue Cover
Where's Lillian?
Casting the Net - South County Style
Simply the Best
Tomaquag Indian Museum receives grant
Are you Mobile?
South County Tourism Council wins Gold and Bronze in NATJA Travel Media Competition
The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) announced on Jan. 31, 2012 that SOUTH COUNTY TOURISM COUNCIL won GOLD AND BRONZE place in the 2011 Annual NATJA Awards Competition in the MOBILE WEBSITE AND TRAVEL GUIDE category. This awards competition, now in its 20th year, honors the "best of the best" in travel writing, photography and promotion that cover all aspects of the travel industry worldwide.

"South County Style Vacation Planner features sensational photography capturing and captivating visitors to experience South County, RI," noted South County Tourism Council President Myrna George. "Our mobile website represents the largest geographical portion of Rhode Island - 449 square miles of coastline and countryside - and has GPS capabilities!"

SCTC's mobile website won the gold in its category, above National Geographic Traveler. South County Style Vacation Planner received the Bronze medal in the Travel Book or Guide category, the third year in a row it has received a medal in this category.
Leading Website

Technology is advancing at lightning speed.............and so too, is the Council's!  Our newly designed website now offers visitors un-paralleled ease of navigation, new pages, quick links to social media,  enhanced advertiser pages, and drum roll please...................A NEW Submit Your Event feature.

With more than 8 million visits last year, www.southcountyri.com continues to be THE LEADER of information for South County visitors. 

Marketing Coordinator, Charlene Ferranti is leading this new initiative.  Please feel free to contact her directly with inquiries for marketing opportunities:  [email protected] or 789.4422.    

Leading with Style
South County Style 2012  
The Council is excited to announce that the 2012 South County Style Vacation Guide was delivered to our offices recently, and the cover photo is stunning!  Stop by and pick up your copy.

Esprit de Corps

It was a perfect day, inside and out.
The sun shone brightly on the 5th Annual South County Bridal Show, showing off the best of South County.

Inside the Towers, the tables were set, the flowers in bloom, champagne poured, cupcakes frosted, cameras ready, and model brides and their escorts strolling the aisle in wedding finery.

Bridal Show 2012
SCTC Board member Eric Potemsky of the Ryan Center escorts a model from Melissa Ashley Brides during the South County Bridal Show.

Vendors describe the show as "intimate" and enjoy the opportunity to meet with brides in a relaxed setting. The show also gives vendors a chance to network with each other and promote the destination, South County, and its gorgeous features from the woodlands to the beaches.

"The esprit de corps was evident throughout the day," said SCTC President Myrna George. "Board member Eric Postemsky graciously greeted all guests, while  Diane Patefield, Marketing Director, Lillian Dilluvio & Jean Pacillo, Marketing Assistants, & Lisa Pagliaro,  gathered the brides' information and ensured the day ran smoothly."

Lucky attendees won prizes ranging from free appetizers to a wedding dress. Vendors were: A Airline Express, Alterations Unlimited, Blueberry Cove Inn, Coast Guard House, Elegant Events by Tara, Flowerthyme, Melissa Ashley Brides, Music Mixers, Nana's Gelato, PattiCakes, Scribe, Smashing Photo Booth Rentals, Spa Mosaic, Susan Sancomb Photography, The Towers, Village Inn Events, Weedweavers and West Bay Gourmet.

South County Graces Vogue Cover

Beaches are always in fashion, and Charlestown's recent Vogue cover exposure proves it. Meryl Streep, looking every bit the South County beach goer with bare feet and perched on a rock, brought the fashion icon to our doorstep. While Vogue was vague about which Charlestown beach, we all "know" it was East Beach, or maybe Blue Shutters, or perhaps Charlestown Beach. Meryl and photographer Annie Liebowitz are remaining mum on the subject.

Where's Lillian?

Lillian with mailbagsThe Council's ads in Oprah Magazine have prompted an unprecedented wave of requests for our 2012 South County Style Magazine. 

Marketing Assistant Lillian Dilluvio has worked tirelessly to fill the multitude of requests from readers who are interested in learning about the many captivating charms of South County.

Casting the Net - South County Style

Marketing Coordinator, Charlene Ferranti, just returned from the American Bus Association Marketplace (ABA) in Grapevine, TX.  Connections were made with owners and tour operators from 20 bus companies from all over the United States and Canada. Those discusssions produced leads, which have been distributed to South County accommodations and attractions.

Simply the Best

Congratulations to five South County hospitality employees. They were among the Best of the Hospitality Community recognized by the Rhode Island Hospitality Association and the RI Hospitality Association Education Foundation, at the Annual Meeting and Awards dinner on November 20, 2011. 

Daniel Hostettler, president and managing director of the Ocean House, was selected as Hotelier of the Year. He has been instrumental in the development, growth and management of the Ocean House since 2009.

Daniel Lemay, of Christopher & Regan Insurance, North Kingstown, was Vendor Rep of the Year. Daniel is an endorsed partner with RI Hospitality.

Hotel Employee of the Year was Annie Harding of the Village Inn Hotel and Conference Center, Narragansett. She has worked for the Village Inn for five years and is with the Group Sales Division.

Caterer of the Year was Brian Casey of The Company Picnic Company of North Kingstown. The Company Picnic Company has provided catering services for more than 20 years.

Volunteer of the Year was Mickey Walters of Best LED Lighting, North Kingstown. 

Tomaquag Indian Museum receives grant
The Tomaquag Indian Museum has received a $10,000 grant from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation of Vancouver, WA. "Wampum: Telling Our Story" will collaborate with Narragansett Wampum artist Allen Hazard. Hazard will lead four workshops about wampum making, the Narragansett tribe's rich history as wampum makers and will instruct members on making a piece of wampum. Those pieces will be added to a belt which will become part of a new exhibit in the Tomaquag collection. The exhibit's opening will coincide with the annual Cranberry Thanksgiving in October 2012.  
SC Mobile app
Are you Mobile?
  • 4.2 billion people in the world have toothbrushes...4.8 billion have mobile phones!


  • Mobile web growth is happening four times as fast as the Internet. It is expected to overcome desktop use in mid 2013.


  • One half of all searches conducted are on a mobile device.


  • A website designed for a mobile device will load in about 4 seconds, while a desktop site can take up to 40 seconds.


  • Most people keep their mobile devices with them at all times. 


  • Of those traveling, 85% will use their mobile device during their trip; and 58% will use their mobile device for planning before leaving home.


  • Mobile websites are not apps. Mobile websites are actual websites designed for smaller hand held devices. Apps are applications that must be downloaded to the mobile device.
New Winter Home Page

South County Weddings website


Contact [email protected] for information on a combined website/mobile website advertising opportunity.

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