DuPage County, IL – Here’s your chance to kick off the beginning of summer with more than just a shot of whiskey. Today, the DuPage Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) is calling all Celts and Scottish lovers alike to join in the fun at the Chicago Scots’ Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Itasca. Thanks to the CVB’s launch of Georama’s virtual tours, residents won’t have to buy a plane ticket or even leave home!
With Georama, viewers will be able to tune in live with phones, computers, and tablets as well as interact in real-time with the tour guide. This first tour, led by local DuPage actor and host Keith Kelly, will take an exclusive look at everything the Itasca festival has to offer. Join Kelly on Saturday, June 18 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. to see world renowned heavy weight lifters, dancing, laddies running in kilts, and not to mention, an eating contest featuring haggis, a Scottish delicacy.
It’s no question that Illinois is full of amazing travel experiences, including polo tournaments, endless shopping sprees, and firework shows here in DuPage County. But we also know that having residents indulge in those attractions is the best part of every neighborhood.
The upcoming tour is available by visiting http://www.discoverdupage.com/LiveVideos.
Members of the DuPage CVB agree that there’s something in it for everyone. “Not only are the tours interactive, but they cater to people of all ages. Kids can see all the different Scottish breeds of dogs and learn about all the clans, and their parents can gather new cooking recipes from seeing all the authentic Scottish cuisine,” Executive Director Beth Marchetti said. “These great events will also immerse people in the Scottish culture and in the extensive heritage that exist here in Illinois,” International and Group Marketing Manager Miriam Blumenthal added.
In addition to the Chicago Scots’ Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Itasca, other DuPage County experiences will be featured during live tours later this summer, including Cantigny Park’s French Connection Day on August 14. All the tours are expected to be, as the Scots would say, ‘Pure dead brilliant’ (‘Exceptionally good’).
For more travel information on Itasca, visit www.discoverdupage.com/itasca. For information about other Illinois travel offerings, or to order or download a complimentary copy of the latest Travel Illinois magazine, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.
About DuPage County:
DuPage County is the second most populous county in Illinois after Cook County, which borders it to the north and east. Together, the two counties account for half of the state’s population. One of the nation’s healthiest and wealthiest counties, DuPage is rich in many types of commerce and is second only to Cook in tourism revenue. With its well-developed highway and mass transit systems, DuPage is easily accessible from O’Hare and Midway Airports, as well as the City of Chicago.
About DuPage Convention & Visitor’s Bureau:
The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau was established through the efforts of a coalition of
DuPage area hotel executives and business representatives in 1987, and was formally certified in 1989 by the State of Illinois. It remains the official agency for promoting the county’s multibillion dollar tourism industry and market DuPage County as an enticing destination for leisure and business travelers, meeting planners, groups and conventions, in order to enhance the economic development of the area. The CVB plays a powerful role in generating tourism revenue for DuPage County, which ranks second only to Cook County in visitor expenditures—over $2.25 billion last year alone.
About Illinois Office of Tourism:
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism manages industry efforts that result in sustainable and significant economic and quality-of-life benefits for Illinois residents.
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