Chamber gearing up for bicentennial

Published 5:48 pm Saturday, May 27, 2017

By Justin Smith

The Selma Times-Journal

Selma and Dallas County are filled with history.

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Many tourists visit each year to experience what they have to offer, so the Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce is looking to use the city’s history to promote local events in the community through the state’s visitor guide.

The Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Information is attempting to get most of Selma’s 2018 events for the bicentennial celebration into the state of Alabama’s visitors guide, which will be available for free statewide. The events will also be listed on the state’s website for free.

“We encourage everyone that is able to place their event on the calendar to do so,” said Landon Nichols, destination and marketing coordinator for the Chamber. “We are definitely attempting to get some of Selma’s biggest events in the guide.”

The guide will be available by request at every state welcome center, hotel and rental car dealership across the state. This will put thousands of eyes on local events that are happening in Selma and the surrounding communities.

Anyone that is interested in adding their event to the state’s visitors guide should visit the city of Selma’s website at and fill out an application. The chamber office is also willing to assist with signing up over the phone. The event’s date, time, location, description and contact number should be ready before signing up.

The event’s website, link to purchase tickets and high quality images are also encouraged to help promote the event. The digital listing of the event may be updated, amended or added to as necessary at any time leading up to the day of the event.

The deadline for registering an event and getting it in to the print version of the guide is June 30, 2017. If the event is submitted later than June 30, it can still be included on the list of events on the state’s website.

“We are trying to get people who are involved in any of the communities’ events to set their date for 2018 to get the process started to get their event in the guide,” Nichols said.