Dick Welge began his career in tourism with the fledgling Illinois Department of Tourism whose first foray was the Illinois Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair 1964-65. The attraction was Walt Disney’s animatronic figure of Lincoln. It was wildly successful.
In 1976 Dick designed “Your Key to Philadelphia” guide and supervised the publication of other proprietary print products including a guide book for Philadelphia in conjunction with America’s Bicentennial. He was responsible for the purchasing and sales of memorabilia in 17 centers in Philadelphia.
After the Bicentennial he founded Infomat Associates, Inc. which operated an Information Center at Second and Chestnut Streets.
Beginning in the early 1980s, Dick designed and published InfoMaps and Sites & Bites guides of cities worldwide for major pharmaceutical companies. The pharmaceutical companies gave them to doctors attending conventions promoting their products. Throughout the years, Infomat has published maps and guides for 50+ cites or areas.
Before the internet and Google, all of our research was done on-site. Info-maps were 18” x 24” and folded to 4” x 9” to fit into a purse or pocket. Later he changed to the Sites & Bites format that were 12” x 18” and folded to 4” x 6”. InfoMat provided fulfillment.
The guides were full-color, easy-to-use, and unbiased. The demographic served was upscale, professional. The restaurant choices and ratings were a compilation of local and national critics plus chefs and notable diners.
Dorothy and Dick love to cook and entertain. They bring recipes home from their travels and restaurant research. These recipes include:
- a duck dish from Studio City, California
- lamb burgers from Seattle
- a baked head of garlic and brie on sourdough bread from San Francisco
- Oyster Po’Boys from N.O.
- herring from Stockholm
- stuffed sardines from Nice
After 34 years of teaching, Dorothy volunteers her time and expertise for several non-profit civic venues. All of them have fund raisers. Dinners and cocktail parties at the Welge’s are sought after silent auction items that help support these organizations.
The journey continues. InfoMat Associates partnered with Amtrak to bring our Sites & Bites guides to affluent, well educated, patrons of the arts and foodies. The Welge Report guides can be found online at http://www.thewelgereport.com.
Beginning in 2010, Dororhy & Dick brought their guides to the internet and in 2013 they created Welge Travel Report an online interactive blog that uses their unbiased expertise on where to dine and what to see in many cities worldwide.
Dick and Dorothy welcome suggestions and comments from their visitors and travelers.
Welge Travel Report
Welge Travel Report™ (WTR) mission is to provide our visitors and travelers an interesting and diverse destination experience. Our focus is on business information, museums, adventure, birding, botanical gardens, dining and fine wines.
Welge Travel Report does not accept advertising. Our content describes what we believe to be the best places to see and dine in cities and areas worldwide. Our sources are recommendations from our Cousins, personal travel experiences and research.
Our guides are updated frequently to accommodate the constant changes typical in the restaurant and travel world. Welge Travel Report™ is owned by Info-Mat Associates, Inc. and is located in Haverford, PA. We have been designing and producing travel maps and guides for cities around the world for more than 35 years.
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.
To complement our destination guides WTR has a lagniappe category. Its purpose is to let you know about special openings, time-sensitive exhibits, valuable offers and gastro tips.
WTR's Agora features special offers for our visitors. Agora is an ancient Greek word for a gathering spot or assembly. When we visited Ephesus we learned it meant "marketplace". In the Byzantine Empire the translation for agora was “market overseer”.
As your “market overseer” we will select special offers from travel related vendors that benefit for our visitors. These will not be ads and must have value. The benefit to WTR will be return visits, positive experiences and recommendations.