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Tourism is focus of Shepherd’s latest Dinner with Strangers

ISSUED: 8 April 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Eight Shepherd University recreation/sports studies students participated in a Dinner with Strangers March 25 hosted at the Bavarian Inn by Christian Asam, general manager and president, and Annette Gavin Bates, CEO of the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“I was excited to spend time with Shepherd students, especially those who are studying marketing and tourism,” Bates said. “As our industry is constantly changing, it is fascinating to hear their thoughts on how to reach an audience and their view on our area and our assets. I encourage other industry leaders to take this rare opportunity to partner with Shepherd University and our emerging leaders.”

Students who participated were Stephanny Romero, Ranson; Michael Himes, Harpers Ferry; Emmy Strauss, Williamstown; Autumn Willingham and Raughn Carter, both of Williamsport, Maryland; Jake Hough, Boyds, Maryland; Daisy Bautista, Riverdale, Maryland; and Matthew Connolly, Cockeysville, Maryland.

“I thought that this was a very memorable night,” Connolly said. “I really enjoyed meeting new people. I also enjoyed learning about the renovations the Bavarian Inn made and learning about tourism trends in both Shepherdstown and Harpers Ferry.”

“The Dinner with Strangers was lovely, and it was really interesting to find out the history and background of the Bavarian Inn,” Bautista said. “I now have new contacts to be in touch with for the future thanks to Chris and Annette.”

“Going into Dinner with Strangers I was not entirely sure what to expect, but I feel I was able to learn about the tourism and hospitality field while also making connections with two individuals who have contributed so much to Shepherdstown and Jefferson County,” Willingham said. “It was a wonderful evening getting to know Christian and Annette, while also having an opportunity to get to know my classmates even better. It was such a unique and beneficial experience, and I am thankful I was selected to represent Shepherd University and the recreation department at this event.”

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