In partnership with Chesapeake Utilities, Kent County Tourism Corp. unveiled a compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered mobile visitor center at the Air Mobility Command Museum in Kent County, Del., on Friday.
According to a recent press release, the goal of the mobile visitor center is to help generate more economic impact by increasing the number of visitors to local attractions, restaurants and retail establishments in Kent County while being environmentally friendly. The new vehicle is called “The Villager,” a name tied into the “Delaware’s Quaint Villages” branding initiative debuted last fall.
“The mobile visitor center can travel to the various cities and towns during peak times, which enables us to provide better service to the areas we promote and proactively engage with locals and visitors on what to do in Kent County,” said Wendie Vestfall, president of Kent County Tourism, in the release. “It will allow us to assist with making tour arrangements, recommendations on attractions and dining and more for large groups that will be attending DE Turf tournaments, Firefly, NASCAR races and various meetings at hotels and attractions.”
Vestfall added, “We are excited that Chesapeake Utilities shares our vision for growing tourism within Kent County. They are truly a great partner for the area when it comes to economic development and environmental awareness.”
According to the release, the mobile visitor center is a Ford Transit that has been converted and is equipped to run on CNG from Chesapeake Utilities, with gasoline as backup. When the mobile visitor center is running on CNG, it is expected to help minimize the center’s environmental footprint.
“Chesapeake Utilities is proud to support responsible growth and imaginative promotion of tourism in our region,” said Aleida Socarras, vice president of Chesapeake Utilities. “The mobile visitor center does that by inviting people to all the wonderful quaint villages of Kent County, while being fueled by environmentally friendly, domestic natural gas.”
Photo courtesy of the Delaware’s Quaint Villages Facebook page