Members of the were joined by , members and several other pillars of the North Fork business community as the council celebrated their 25th anniversary with the unveiling of a new website at in Southold Thursday night.
Stephan Roussan, president of the Mattituck-based ICVM Group, said he designed the new website with a new generation of consumers and tourists in mind.
“A lot has changed on the North Fork since the last site was designed years ago,” he said. “We wanted to really develop a very polished and sophisticated online presence that represents what the tourism industry is all about now on the North Fork.”
Andrea Parks, managing director of the council, said that though this winter has been tough with the weather, the North Fork is still a destination for all seasons.
“And I’m thrilled to tell all of you that in one week of launching our site, we’ve already has 1,500 visitors,” Parks said.
The North Fork Promotion council began 25 years ago as the Southold Transportation Council, a group made up of chamber of commerce members with the intention of marketing the North Fork in a new way. It evolved into the North Fork Promotion Council in 1995 and now represents 350 local businesses, including the and , the , the, the Transportation Commission, the North Fork Antique Dealers Association, the , the North Fork Heritage Alliance and the
Sen. LaValle, who cut the ribbon during the lively ceremony, added that the North Fork’s tourism industry needs to stay competitive in marketing in the 21st Century.
“This endeavor allows the North Fork to be shown to the greater world because today, it’s all about electronics,” he said.