The program offers a variety of activities designed to promote the physical, social,
emotional and cognitive development of children age 5-13. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce/LBI Region DMO launched the Sister Island Cultural Exchange this past spring working with Menorca and Long Beach Island representatives from local school systems, churches, businesses and non profits to grow interest in and out of the Mediterranean.
Both islands are rich maritime history, culture and traditions as well as share the same latitude on the globe. Both islands share a common website portal in www.islandadvisor.com which points out all similarities and navigates both islands. Lori Pepenella will present local and Spanish travel guides and photos of events taken in Menorca to compare the the two islands. The Southern Ocean County Chamber is delighted to speak to children about this unique cultural exchange and looks forward to more community and business out reach to help both islands tourism economies. The partnership has already generated positive media attention internationally and would like to see the exchange grow. For adults interested in learning more about the program the Long Beach Island Branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City, will be hosting a December 5 presentation featuring holiday fiestas with spokespeople from the island of Menorca beginning at 10am.
For more information out the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and the Long Beach Island Region DMO go to visitLBIregion.com or contact 609 494 7211, for details on St Francis Vacation Club contact 609 494 8861 or about the Sister Island Exchange at islandadvisor.com. More information is also available in the 2012 Escape Guide published by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.