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Delaware News Angles

The Delaware Tourism Office is ready with story ideas to suit any season, deadline or editor, and we’re also prepared to provide quick comment on the tourism-related angles that frequently emerge from broader issues of the day, whether it’s the economy or the weather.

Below you’ll find ideas for story angles – including both time-pegged, newsier stories, and a few evergreen ideas that are more suited to a travel writer’s needs. We’d be glad to help you pursue them more deeply, hook you up with sources and possibly even provide a photo or two – give Eric Ruth, Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, a call at 302-672-6813 or email him at eric.ruth@state.de.us.

NEWSY ANGLES

-- Dogfish Head’s new momentum
The coming years are expected to bring Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery even deeper into the national consciousness – a multi-million-dollar expansion has added thousands of barrels of capacity (meaning more Americans will be able to try it and buy it); a new selection of Dogfish-branded foods marks a bold entry into a new market; and a planned “Dogfish Hotel” in Rehoboth Beach means travelers will have a convenient place to stay while they enjoy tours of the brewery and meals at the brewpub.

-- Birding in Delaware: Ready to Fly?
The American Birding Association is moving its headquarters to Delaware City, where work is already under way on a facility expected to open in spring 2014. A look into what the ABA does (and will do) could include a tourism angle – with birding is already one of the prime draws of the state’s eco-tourism industry, this could further entrench Delaware as a “birding capital.”

-- Saving the Season after Sandy
Looking back at the Summer of ’13, some see it as the year that Delaware beaches came to the rescue of Sandy’s “refugees.” It was a wet summer, but Delaware’s businesses are proud they were able to serve travelers seeking a new vacation destination after Sandy’s rampage through New Jersey and New York.

-- New interchange a boon to business
After years of waiting, Delaware’s business community is rejoicing at the opening of two key interchange projects at I-95 and Del. 1. With the interchange smoothed out, there are high expectations that even more visitors will drive here for tax-free shopping at the Christiana Mall, or choose to spend more time at the Delaware beaches.

TRAVEL STORY ANGLES

-- Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibition at Winterthur
One of the hottest tickets in 2014 will combine English charm with one of America’s grandest mansions. Winterthur’s Downton Abbey exhibition will feature 40 historically inspired costumes from the award-winning PBS series, supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

-- Delaware is becoming Black Friday Central
A look at how Delaware becomes a magnet for Black Friday Shoppers each year, many coming by bus from New York and farther, to grab cheap electronics.

-- Delaware’s Waterways of Discovery
Itinerary-style travel feature (accompanied by photos) highlighting the waterways where visitors can explore Delaware’s natural and cultural legacy. Some of the potential elements include:
   Tubing on the Brandywine (DuPont heritage, Colonial times)
   Kayaking and fishing on Indian River Bay (Native American heritage)
   Mispillion River excursion (Dogfish Head Brewery hosts a canoe tour)
   Atlantic Ocean kayak adventure (trips to bay lighthouse are available)
   Lums Pond canoeing
   Trap Pond kayaking/canoeing (bald cypress trees make it a special experience)
   Sailing on Kalmar Nyckel (at site of Wilmington’s former shipbuilding hub, and site of settlers’ landing)
   Cape May-Lewes Ferry ride to N.J. (including lots to do on board and on shore).

-- Delaware: “The State of Firsts”
Itinerary-style travel feature: Visit the historic sites and exhibitions that prove without a doubt that Delaware is “The First State”:
   Old New Castle Courthouse (where the state of Delaware came into being)
   The Dover Green (where was the first to ratify Constitution)
   Hagley Museum (where exhibitions detail a number of DuPont Co. “firsts,” from Nylon to Kevlar)
   ILG Dover (where first moonsuits were made)
   The Victrola Museum (where we learn of Delaware-born inventor of phonographs)
   The Howard Pyle Studio and Schoonover Studio (where “Brandywine School” of artists started.)

-- Underground Railroad Trail
Delaware has held a special status as a key stop on the Underground Railroad, and in current times its legacy is only growing. Just within the past year, the state has seen new attractions and new energy associated with its Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, including artists producing Underground Railroad-themed work, as well as groups hosting new examinations/exhibits of the Underground Railroad's legacy.

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