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Towns Named Dull, Boring, and Bland Team Up to Lure Tourists

May 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM | by | ()

Those looking for something a little more interesting this summer have a few new options, and despite the name it won’t be bland, dull, or boring. Three towns that share less than welcoming names are joining forces on a little bit of a tourism campaign, as they try to ensure that travelers stop in for a visit rather than driving right on through.

Boring, Oregon joined forces with Dull—it’s over in Scotland—a couple of years ago, as they figured that they might be able to score some tourist dollars if they teamed up on a little bit of a campaign. Boring and Dull souvenirs have apparently been a little bit of a hit, and they’ve been enjoyed the sales of t-shirts, mugs, and other goodies.

Now is where Bland Shire—Bland to its friends—comes into the picture, as this spot does its thing over in Australia. Bland didn’t want to mess with the special relationship between Dull and Boring, but town officials did vote in favor of joining something called the League of Extraordinary Communities.

We’re fans of this creative little bit of community marketing, and if we ever find ourselves in the area—we probably couldn’t resist making a little bit of a stop to check things out.

We’ll just have to make sure we don’t miss the towns, as Bland Shire has a population of just 6,000 people and Boring has a population of around 8,000. Dull—understandably given its name—is the smallest of the three spots, as it’s only home to 80 citizens. Obviously, that’s before the influx of tourists.

[Photo: Wikimedia]

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