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Gaston County Tourism

Gaston County Launches Dynamic New Tourism Website


    BELMONT, N.C. - Gaston County Travel & Tourism has launched a new website to attract visitors and keep them apprised of what's happening in the county. covers everything from lodging and meals to attractions, festivals and events. The site has a clean, uncluttered look with rotating banner
photos that showcase various places throughout the county.


    The site highlights such Gaston County attractions as: the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Crowders Mountain State Park, the Schiele Museum, U.S. National
Whitewater Center and McAdenville's annual Christmas Town USA celebration.


    There is also a link allowing visitors to sign up for an e-newsletter.


    "The new website is user-friendly, attractive and informative," says Walt Israel, director of Gaston Country Travel & Tourism. "It needed to be a comprehensive planning guide for visitors and offer in-depth info, so we took our time and did it right. We've been very pleased."


    M2 Design of Charlotte created the new site, incorporating features such as Google mapping with directions to hotels and attractions. The search-engine
friendly site also includes photo galleries, weather forecasts and social media.


    "I like things clean and organized, so it was important to make it easy to get information on the site," says Melissa McCauley of M2 Design. "A lot of
websites are confusing to navigate and get around. We wanted to avoid that."


    There is a calendar of events that can easily be updated by the staff at Visit Gaston, and the color schemes will change seasonally.


    "We gave it a warm, cozy feel," McCauley says. "It is part of a strategy to develop a brand for Gaston County that is consistent throughout print advertising
and the web presence. The look of the new visitors guide and website really go together."


    For more information or to request the visitors guide, go to, or call (800) 849-9994.