Visitors Bureau hires communications specialist

Hope Bolton, new Communication Specialist for the Visitors Bureau. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DRIPPING SPRINGS VISITORS BUREAU

By: 
John Pacheco

 

The Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau hired Hope Bolton as its communication specialist on January 2. Bolton was born and raised in Dripping Springs. She is a graduate of Dripping Springs High School and her family owns Pure Luck Farm and Dairy on Martin Road.

“I grew up in tourism. I used to give tours on our family farm. It was my job to show people the goats, teach them how to milk, show them how to make cheese, and so it’s always been something I’ve been interested in doing. I’m happy to find a career in it—especially in my hometown,” Bolton said.

Bolton holds a degree in communications, public relations, and advertisement from St. Edwards University. She has experience in both the public and private sector, most recently spending 2 years with the Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau where she promoted the City of Odessa by managing all marketing and communication efforts.

“Odessa, out in West Texas, is where I got my visitors bureau experience and learned how visitors bureaus work and their importance,” Bolton said. “I’m looking forward to putting that knowledge to work here in my home town.”

“Dripping Springs is so unlike other communities. You can’t go any other small town and find the things that you can find here. We are really unique, being so close to Austin and offering opportunities for day trips to our wineries and distilleries,” Bolton said.

“We’re also unique in our culinary offering. There are so many opportunities for culinary tourism between wine and other business like my family’s cheese making. Dripping Springs started off as a community of farmers, and that’s what my family did when we moved here in the 1970s. It’s a great place for people to come and learn things they’ve never experienced before. If you want to learn how to make cheese, or you want to learn how to grind your own flour, or you want to go pick tomatoes—you can do that here,” Bolton said.

The Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau has become an independent non-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2017. Previously it was supported by the Chamber of Commerce. Pam Owens, who has been the Bureau director since 2012, was named as President and CEO of the new non-profit.

“We’re very excited to have Hope join the Visitors Bureau,” Owens said. “Her tourism experience, hometown knowledge of Dripping Springs and her marketing education will help us promote the Destination Dripping Springs brand.”

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