State Tourism organizations feature valuable information. They are the secret weapon for finding great content to share. Each state does a tremendous job at promoting its own tourism. Thus, we focus on some valuable resources on these state tourism websites. We feature the four states that B&B Consulting has clients in.
Destination Florida boasts that they are the #1 Florida Visitor’s Guide. They offer guides focused on a variety of areas.
- Greater Daytona: Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna, Port Orange
- Florida Keys & Key West: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine, Lower Keys, Key West
- Southwest Florida: Bonita Springs, Charlotte Harbor, Englewood Beach, Everglades, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Marco Island, Naples, Punta Gorda, Sanibel-Captiva
- Greater Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Gainesville & Cedar Key
- The Palm Beaches: North Palm Beach County, Central Palm Beach County, Lake Okeechobee & The Glades, South Palm Beach County
- (Orlando is coming soon!)
Visit Florida offers Florida Travel Guides to help you plan your trip to the Sunshine State. Find out about activities, attractions, accommodations, restaurants, transportation, and more so your potential guests can plan their Florida vacation. You can browse these guides, of course, but you can also download and print them.
- Official Florida Vacation Guide
- Florida Fishing Guide
- Florida Golf Guide
- Foreign Language Guides: Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Portugeus
Discover South Carolina
South Carolina’s state tourism website, Discover South Carolina, is loaded with appealing images and information about The Palmetto State. Click the link at click at the top of the website. There you can request their free guide by mail, to view it online, and/or to download it.
The Discover section features trip ideas, stories, highlights, photos, and videos. In fact, even 3-time Grammy Award winner Darius Rucker recommends places to see (in his home state of South Carolina).
The Cities & Regions section divides the state into 3 geographic regions (Mountains, Midlands, and Coast) and SC Tourism Regions. Historic Charleston and the popular Myrtle Beach area are two of those regions.
The See & Do section includes recreation, beaches, golf, and shopping. In addition, they share entertainment, state parks, and welcome centers. The Food & Drink section features different cities, experiences, barbecue, recipes, and more. Events have Music & Arts, Festivals & Fairs, Nature, Sports, and Family. The Places to Stay section includes B&Bs and historical inns. Of course, please check to see if you are listed and you may contact them if you are not.
The Explore Georgia state tourism website offers another great resource. It allows its visitors to look at several Georgia cities in different regions. In addition, people can find things to do, places to stay, and plan their trip. Thus, this gives innkeepers excellent ideas of local things they can promote.
Make sure you are listed in the find places to stay section of their website. If you are not, please contact them. We also recommend that you request some free Georgia Travel Guides. These are great to have at your B&B inn. Especially when your guests ask for recommendations on what to do in your area.
“For native son Ray Charles, Georgia was more than just a place. It was – as he so famously sang in “Georgia On My Mind” – an old sweet song, comparable only to the mysterious magic of moonlight and pines. A $68.96 billion industry for the state, tourism drives significant business growth and increased revenue for companies operating in Georgia.” (Georgia Department of Tourism)
For North Carolina B&B owners and innkeepers, you can request your free travel guide. Also available is a highway map and guides to handicap-accessible attractions, wineries, and Civil War trails. Their state tourism website features sections about things to do (by location, interest, and season).
The cities and regions section is organized into the West (Mountains), Central (Piedmont), and the East (Coast). Events are listed under Arts & Entertainment, Eat & Drink, History & Heritage. There are also sections for Kids & Family and Nature & Outdoor.
The plan your visit section includes travel guides, travel brochures, travel deals, and places to stay. E-news, maps & travel info, local visitor information, welcome centers, and group travel information. Lastly, their “trips that transform” section features a lot of different locations, activities, and ways to stay in North Carolina.
B&B Consultant Rob Sales has experience as a former B&B owner and innkeeper. As a Licensed Realtor, Rob advises B&B owners about the best business practices. This includes time-saving tips like using information from state tourism websites.
Please note this word of caution. You should always cite your sources. This gives them the credit they deserve and it makes your inn look good for sharing it. This is true if you use someone else’s information for your blog and you can tag them as a source on social media.
Also, please only share images that have permission to use. You can share royalty-free images and any images from Wikipedia. Please contact B&B Consulting if you are interested in buying or selling a B&B Inn located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, or Florida.