Revelstoke Tourism has taken on a brand new look with a new website that was unveiled Tuesday.
Located at www.seerevelstoke.com, the new website provides a more modern and more functional design than the old one.
The new website amalgamates all listings under one page, unlike the old site, which had separate winter and summer sections and sometimes didn’t have businesses listed in both.
“The main goal was to amalgamate the two sites into one,” said Meghan Tabor, the co-ordinator of Revelstoke Tourism. “It was very convoluted having the same information on the summer and winter sites.”
Another goal was making the site more user friendly and making sure every business was listed in the right category. The site has drop-down menus for accommodation, dining and nightlife, attractions, activities, shopping options, and an ‘About Revelstoke’ section. Some businesses are listed in multiple categories where appropriate.
“We’re just trying to make it clear and concise and user-friendly to all demographics,” said Tabor.
The site features the Revelstoke Tourism logo at the top left, with the slogan ‘Close to heaven, down to earth’ at the top right. The backdrop of the site is of a snowy mountain range.
The home page features a video by Zoya Lynch about summer recreation in Revelstoke, with shots of people biking, climbing, hiking, skateboarding, fishing, and more, set to the song Home by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.
The video is one in a series highlighting Revelstoke that Lynch has been contracted to produce. Others will look at winter recreation, attractions, arts & culture, family fun, and history & heritage. Once the series is finished a highlight video of the best of Revelstoke will be featured on the home page.
The home page also features links to Revelstoke Tourism’s Twitter and Facebook pages, and to StokeFM.
The website has been under development since January and is still a work-in-progress, said Tabor. “It’s constantly going to be changing. What we’re releasing now is the raw version of what it is. I’m hoping to continue to develop the content. I’m going to be working on search engine optimization and getting the members in their right places, bolstering our photo database to get more photos up there.”
Each section will feature a large photo of one business, with thumbnails of the others in that category. The large photo will change every time.
“It’s just a matter of getting all our ducks in a row and getting access to all those different photographs to keep the site fresh and make sure everyone has a good presence on the site,” said Tabor.
The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a social event on Wednesday, Sept. 19, during which it will showcase its 2013 marketing plan.
The Chamber of Commerce is also working on a new website of its own that will focus more on businesses than tourism.