Member Information

Explore Altoona Mission Statement

Marketing Greater Blair County as a Premier Visitor Destination, 
Offering a Positive Experience and Fostering Economic Development.

Explore Altoona Programs

All Explore Altoona events are hosted at various member locations, just one way we help you, our tourism partners, share your attractions, businesses and locations with each other.

RSVP for all of Explore Altoona's events to:
Sue Broadwater at (814) 943-4183 or

Networking & Educational Opportunities for 2018

Attraction & Hotel Roundtables - 2018
Every 2nd Wednesday Every Other Month 
Various Attractions & Hotel Sites
No Cost to Attend
February 14 - Courtyard by Marriott 
April 11 - Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum 
June 13 - Quality Inn
August 8 - Rails to Trails / exact trail head location TBD
October 10 - Altoona Grand
December 12 - Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art

County of Blair Tourism Marketing Grants Presentations
January 4, 2018
Time - Noon

Location - Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art

Marketing Summit and Tourism Show & Tell 
Date - Wednesday, April  4
Time - 8am to 2pm
Location - Blair County Convention Center
Breakfast & Lunch Provided 
Cost $40

2017 Year in Review 
Date - Thursday, April 12
Time - 4pm to 5:30pm
Location - The Soho Room at The Casino
Cost $25

Tourism Expo 
Date - Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20
Time - Noon to 6pm
Location - Blair County Arts Festival on the Penn State Altoona Campus

Main Street Roundtable
Date - Wednesday, May 30
Time - 8am to 11:30am
Location - Wingate by Wyndham, Downtown Altoona 
Breakfast & Lunch Provided
Cost $

Hotel Forum
* By Invitation ONLY
Date TBD
Time - Afternoon
Location - The Soho Room at The Casino 

Trail Town Workshop
Date - Fall 2018
Time - 9am to 1pm 
Location - Liberty Hall at US Hotel Tavern in Hollidaysburg ravel Writer Tours

Travel Writer Visits
Tuesday, April 3 and Various Dates throughout 2018

Guest Services Academy
Available throughout the year at your request
On location
No cost

Membership Benefits

  • A Listing in Blair County's Official Visitors Guide      
  • A listing on  
  • Included on our mobile-optimized web site
  • Opportunity to post events on Events Calendar
  • Promotion on Explore Altoona's social media venues
  • Referrals to visitors
  • Brochure distribution at 25+ racks throughout Blair County
  • Mailing fulfillment (Blair County's Official Visitors Guide & brochures)
  • Your brochure/rackcard mailed in response to visitor inquiries 
  • Discounted co-op  marketing opportunities
  • Educational, networking and marketing opportunities 
  • Representation in seasonal marketing
  • Representation to travel writers
  • Representation at trade shows, consumer shows & expos
  • Promotion to group and meeting planners 

As Blair County's Destination Marketing Organization, we invest in promoting all of the county's tourism assets as a whole to outside markets including visitors, group and meeting planners, and travel writers. As a member of Explore Altoona, you support our mission statement and increase your exposure to visitors.