“We have now established a really good contact with the PR-agency Marketing Maven, which works together with several well-known persons. That means that we not only can get good profiling now, there might as well be possibilities to get several celebrities coming for a visit in the future”, says Brandshaug.

 

“This has probably been one of the best days in my life”– the famous host from USA’s Extreme Make-Over (Home Edition) was apparently pleased with what he experienced in our region.

 

In connection with a new television concept for the American market, Ty Pennington and his crew were on a round trip through Norway. Pennington is known for hosting the popular television show “Extreme Makeover: Home edition”, and his bubbly, engaging personality. Their travel route included Oslo, Ålesund, Bergen and the Stavanger region.

 

Skeie AS and Region Stavanger have, in cooperation with the Royal Norwegian Consulate General of New York and Marketing Maven, come up with an exciting travel route in the Stavanger region, with specific focus on a program filled with nature, design, food and culture from Norway. The bus company Boreal Transport Sør AS met Ty and his crew in Bergen with one of its most modern and comfortable busses and drove them to Sandnes. On the road the group was enjoying both the comfort on the bus and the beautiful scenery along the way.

 

Their visit in the Stavanger region began with a tour at Skeie AS, a company producing fixed chairs for cultural scenes, cinemas, theaters and the education sector, where Pennington got the opportunity to see Norwegian design and quality products from Sandnes. After this the group was shown around at the Norwegian Canning Museum (Norsk Hermetikk museum), the Old Town (Gamle Stavanger) and the Norwegian Petroleum Museum (Norsk Oljemuseum). The day ended with a delicious dinner at Tango.

 

“We are very happy that Pennington decided to visit the Stavanger region and Skeie AS. By today Skeie is exporting its products to a broad customer group in the USA. With this visit and the following TV-exposition we hope to show our Norwegian, price-winning design to an even wider public”, says Sven Erik Nisja, Export and Marketing Manager at Skeie AS.

 

The last day in Norway became an absolute highlight for Pennington and his crew. First they travelled with Stavanger Region’s Managing Director, Ståle Brandshaug, to Mo Laksegard in Suldal where they swam with the salmon down the river Suldalslågen. After a good lunch, the day continued with a helicopter trip to the Pulpit Rock Camping (Preikestolen Camping) following with a hike up to Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen).

 

Once they reached the top of the Pulpit Rock, the fog was too thick to see anything, but fortunately, after a well-deserved snack, the fog lifted, and the amazing view over the Lysefjord became visible. Pennington couldn’t hold back his excitement about the spectacular view, which resulted in many pictures being taken.

 

Brandhaug felt it was fantastic having a well-known TV-star as a guest in the region. Pennington is also well-known in Europe, and there were many people on the hike up to Preikestolen who recognized him and were very pleased to meet him.

 

“We have now established a really good contact with the PR-agency Marketing Maven, which works together with several well-known persons. That means that we not only can get good profiling now, there might as well be possibilities to get several celebrities coming for a visit in the future”, says Brandshaug.

 

The entire crew was very pleased with their Norway trip, and especially with their last day, which entailed both a salmon safari and a hike to the Pulpit Rock. “This has probably been one of the best days in my life”, Pennington said after the trip during dinner at Bølgen og Moi.

 

“Ty Pennington’s visit and following TV-production for the American Market will give us more attention and more travelers to the Stavanger region. Ty has already shared his experiences in the Stavanger region and Norway with his followers on www.typennington.com, Facebook and Twitter. Only on Facebook he has more than 250 000 followers”, says Gunhild Vevik, Region Stavanger’s responsible for International PR.

 

See a short spot about Ty’s hike to Preikestolen of the local newspaper Strandbuen. There were as well articles in the newspapers Rogalands avis and Aftenbladet (in Norwegian).

 

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