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The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will host a leading expert on natural and cultural tourism at its annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard.

Simon Jones (pictured), CEO and founder of NatureScapes, will talk about his experiences in guiding communities to develop tourism strategies that tells the story of a place with an eye on sustainability and respect. Jones is one of the consultants for the UPLIFT program being introduced to Bladen County the day before the annual meeting.

“As we begin the process of creating a county and regional plan for tourism, it is important to understand how other areas have been successful,” Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Terri Dennison said. “We are fortunate to have Mr. Jones’ expertise and look forward to working with the whole UPLIFT team.”

During the annual meeting, Dennison will provide an update on Chamber projects and the 2022 Awards will be presented to individuals and businesses.

The cost to attend the meeting is $30 per person or $300 for a table of eight, and includes a buffet dinner. Reservations should be made by Friday, Jan. 13. Registration and information is available on the Chamber’s website: https://elizabethtownwhitelake.com/annual-meeting

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