The Marietta-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau was recently recognized by the Ohio Travel Association (OTA) with a Ruby Award for a first place finish in the 2011 visitors guide category.
According to Jeri Knowlton, CVB executive director, the visitor guide is one of the main sources of information a traveler uses when planning to come to the area.
"Our Visitor Guide is a key element to our success in marketing Marietta-Washington County as a distinctive destination," said Knowlton. "Research has shown us that 56 percent of visitors requested information from the CVB, making the Visitor Guide an incredibly important piece in bringing travelers to this area."
The Ruby Award recognizes the excellence and commitment the CVB places on the publication, Knowlton said.
The 14th annual Ruby Awards were presented during OTA's annual conference on tourism at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky from Oct. 26 through 28. The awards, which "Recognize Uncommon Brilliance," honor the most innovative examples of marketing by Ohio tourism entities. Entries are judged based on impact, relevance, focus, creativity and overall communication of the organization's message.