The Hamptons Visitors Council was established in 1990 and is composed of the six Chambers of Commerce in the Township of Southampton, Long Island, New York. The main purpose of the Hamptons Visitors Council is to promote tourism to the Hamptons as a destination primarily in the spring and fall seasons - the shoulder seasons of this high summer resort vacation area. The Hamptons Visitors Council, or HVC, is comprised of the following six local chamber of Commerce from West to East by location: The Eastport Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce, The East Quogue Chamber of Commerce, The Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce, The Southampton Chamber of Commerce and The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
The Hamptons Visitors Council Board of Directors is composed of four volunteer members from each chamber appointed by each of the Chamber of Commerce Boards. Funding comes from individual Chamber of Commerce dues contributions, direct support from Southampton Town and respective Incorporated Villages withing the township, as well as from individual business sponsors and matching funds from the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission (LICVBSC).
The organization works with each Chamber of Commerce and the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission to plan and execute promotions, cooperative advertising, and public relations that will benefit all of the communities within the Town of Southampton area as specific destination for visitors. The Hamptons Visitors Council is a vital link between the tourism efforts of the Township, each Chamber of Commerce and the far-reaching programs of the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission and the Empire State Development Corporation Division of Tourism.
The Hamptons Visitors Council is a resource for government on regional tourism matters that affect the business community, such as tourism centers and other economic development issues. They also provide a network for communication between the Chambers of Commerce. Each month the six Chambers of Commerce Executive Representatives meet at the Town of Southampton Offices for their planning sessions under the leadership of Executive Director Andrea Gurvitz.
The organization is a group of volunteer professionals and one salaried part-time director that is dedicated to the advancement of a healthy economy on the East End of Long Island through the promotion of tourism, a leading industry in the region.
For More Information Contact the individual Hamptons Visitors Council Chamber Members. Their contact information is below:
The East Quogue Chamber of Commerce
Post Office Box 877
East Quogue, New York 11942
The Eastport Chamber of Commerce
Post Office Box 458
Eastport, New York 11941
The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce
7 Glovers Lane - Post Office Box 1228
Westhampton Beach, New York 11978
The Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce
140 W. Montauk Highway Suite #1,
Hampton Bays, New York 11946
The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Post Office Box 459
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
The Southampton Chamber of Commerce
76 Main Street
Southampton, NY 11968
Additional, each Winter the Hamptons Visitors Council participates in both the New York Times Travel Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City as well as he Boston Globe Travel Expo in Massachusetts promoting the Hamptons region and the individual communities served by the six member Chambers of Commerce.
The Hamptons Histors Council also provides free travel information in the Hamptons Travel Guide, on their web site at www.hamptonstravelguide.com as well as a Calendars of Events for the region. To obtain a travel guide call 1-877-FUN-ON-LI .