Kent County Tourism unveiled a brand-new Mobile Visitor Center in partnership with Chesapeake Utilities Friday, Oct. 27, at the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover. The goal of the center is to generate more economic impact by increasing the number of visitors to local attractions, restaurants and retail establishments in Kent County while being environmentally friendly. The new mobile visitor center will be called The Villager. The name is tied into the branding initiative, Delaware's Quaint Villages, which the bureau debuted last fall.
"The mobile visitor center can travel to the various cities and towns during peak times, which enables us to provide better service to the areas we promote and proactively engage with locals and visitors on what to do in Kent County," said Wendie Vestfall, Kent County Tourism president. "It will allow us to assist with making tour arrangements, recommendations on attractions and dining, and more for large groups that will be attending DE Turf tournaments, Firefly, NASCAR races and various meetings at hotels and attractions. We are excited that Chesapeake Utilities shares our vision for growing tourism within Kent County. They are truly a great partner for the area when it comes to economic development and environmental awareness."
The mobile visitor center is a 250 Ford Transit that has been converted and is equipped to run on compressed natural gas from Chesapeake Utilities with gasoline as backup. When the mobile visitor center is running on CNG, it will help minimize the center's environmental footprint. A wide variety of vehicles can easily be converted to run on natural gas. Since the mobile visitor center is an environmentally friendly vehicle, it goes hand-in-hand with environmental awareness and stewardship in Kent County. Natural gas vehicles help cut tailpipe emissions, making the air cleaner for the people who live locally and tourists who visit the area.
"Chesapeake Utilities is proud to support responsible growth and imaginative promotion of tourism in our region,",said Aleida Socarras, vice president of Chesapeake Utilities. "The mobile visitor center does that by inviting people to all the wonderful quaint villages of Kent County, while being fueled by environmentally friendly, domestic natural gas."
For more information about Delaware's Quaint Villages and the mobile visitor center, go to VisitDelawareVillages.com, or for more information about Chesapeake Utilities and CNG fuel, visit chpkgas.com.