Palestine's Mary Raum Chosen For Regional Board

Mary Raum, Tourism Marketing Manager for Visit Palestine, was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas Forest Trail Region at the board meeting held earlier this year. Raum adds her expertise to the board in helping East Texas heritage tourism and economic development partners attract and meet the needs of visitors to the Texas Forest Trail Region. The position is a one-year term.

"I am very honored to be on the Executive Board for the Texas Forest Trail Region, an area which is full of character and characters that are just waiting to be discovered by visitors and locals alike," Raum said. "As a member of the board, I look forward to working with a network of professionals with those same interests in mind while developing programming and content that generates excitement around visiting the region’s attractions and heritage destinations."

Executive Director of the Forest Trail Region Del Polikretis, said, "Myself and the rest of the Board are excited about working alongside Mary. We look forward to her guidance and input and expect nothing less than a successful year of growth and development in the region during 2020."

The Texas Forest Trail Region is a regional tourism initiative developed by the Texas Historical Commission that fosters regional economic development by promoting heritage tourism through the preservation of cultural and historic resources and regional partnerships. The Texas Forest Trail Region encompasses 35 counties in East Texas including Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Marion, Montgomery, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Walker and Wood.

For more information about the Texas Forest Trail please contact Polikretis at (936) 560-3699 or or visit

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