Coshocton wins award for visitor Web site

CINCINNATI -- Recently, Belinda Williamson, director of the Coshocton Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), joined other leaders of Ohio's tourism industry at the Ohio Travel Association's (OTA) Conference on Tourism held in Cincinnati. The conference provides educational programs and networking opportunities for tourism professionals.

The conference also recognizes those attractions and communities that have demonstrated innovative and creative ways of marketing their destinations. The first place 'RUBY Award' is presented in a number of categories, along with a second place -- the Citation of Excellence award. RUBY stands for Recognizing Uncommon Brilliance.

Coshocton County was a finalist in the social networking campaign category for Coshocton CVB's Twitter updates. Coshocton won a Citation of Excellence Award in the Web site category for their www.VisitCoshocton.com Web site. The newly redesigned website was developed by Sam Wereb of BusseyNoble.

Williamson says she was surprised and honored with the award.

"There were 143 entries submitted from all over Ohio for these awards in 15 different categories," she said. "We were excited to be selected as finalists for the two categories and delighted that we won the Citation of Excellence Award. It's fulfilling to see that tourism industry professionals recognize the efforts we are all making to bring more tourism dollars to Coshocton."

Last week's OTA Conference featured top tourism speakers including Jim Brody from TripAdvisor, Bruce Turkel, Jason Weaver from Sway, Inc.; and Ohio's State Tourism Director Amir Eylon.

Annually, visitors spend $38 billion in Ohio and generate $2.5 billion in state and local tax revenue. In Coshocton, tourism generates over $45 million locally in both direct and indirect expenditures.

The Ohio Travel Association is the largest travel and tourism industry association in Ohio. Members include travel and tourism professionals representing hotels, attractions, restaurants, tour companies and CVBs.

For information about OTA, visit www.ohiotravel.org.