Does VisitErie assist journalists with visits to the Erie area?
Yes, we welcome members of the media and under certain restrictions, are able to assist visiting journalists with securing lodging and admission into attractions and tours. On occasion, VisitErie may also assist with meals and or transportation, but we are happy to accommodate the media for travel within the destination. For more information on our media policy, request a visit.
Can the media bring guests and/or family members while visiting Erie?
Yes, we encourage journalists to bring their family and friends to experience Erie on their own; however, VisitErie cannot guarantee lodging, meals or admission into attractions and tours for guests of working journalists. On occasion, the story may necessitate family members or friends visiting, and we will make arrangements on a case-by-case basis.
What is the best time of year for the media to visit?
The Erie area has something for everyone for every season!
The summer tends to be the busiest because of the beaches and the variety of events taking place between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Fall tends to be popular for anyone looking to explore the vineyards and wineries, farm markets, fall foliage at Presque Isle State park and the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.
The spring is a great time for journalists who are looking to file an advance story on some of Erie’s summer and fall events such as Roar on the Shore and Discover Presque Isle Days.
The winter is a time to focus on some of the region's lesser-reported stories, like Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park, Peek n Peak Ski Resort, various museums and performance venues. VisitErie encourages media interested in visiting to first look at our Events Calendar and see if there is an event that interests them.
Are there photographs available to the media?
Yes, we have hundreds. Our photograph collection includes images of Presque Isle State Park, festivals and events, attractions, outdoor recreation, Bayfront, shopping, dining, etc. Media are encouraged to view images in our press photo gallery. If journalists don't find what they are looking for, email Christine Temple and she'll supply what you need.
Are there experts available to the media to answer questions?
Yes. VisitErie is happy to put the media in touch with the appropriate expert as a source in their story.