COSHOCTON -- Even though first quarter is not the busy tourism season in Coshocton, now is the time to prepare for the 2013 season. Jan Myers, director of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau (CVB), said the office has been doing just that.

"We are a small office of just me and Lainie Brillhart, Communications and Marketing coordinator," said Myers. "We have been busy so far this year attending travel shows, working on our new visitor guide, redesigning our website, gathering new photos of local attractions and lodging, and promoting upcoming events for 2013."

Myers, who just completed her first year as CVB director, says she is especially excited about the partnerships that have developed in that time.

"We began holding regular Coshocton Tourism Industry Partner meetings in 2012," she said. "We meet at various attractions in the county to discuss marketing ideas and form relationships that have led to tourism packages we can use to bring in more visitors. As an example, the Sweetheart Big Band Dance and the Chocolate Extravaganza events on Feb. 9, have partnered with Coshocton Village Inn & Suites to create a great getaway package for us to market to out-of-town guests."

The CVB also recently attended the AAA Great Vacations Travel Expo in Columbus. "Coshocton County was well represented and made a big impact this year with three attractive booths all set up together," said Myers. "Raven's Glenn Winery had their booth right next to ours where they were promoting not only their winery, but all five wineries along Coshocton's Three Rivers Wine Trail. Roscoe Village and the CVB shared a double booth next to Raven's Glenn. Lainie had designed a huge, gorgeous banner as our backdrop. We had beautiful 'wood like' laminate flooring from Fisher Decorating, and we tied it all together with red, white, and blue dcor from Annin & Co. It was exciting to work together as a team to share information and brochures about all Coshocton County has to offer."

Another major current project of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau is the production of their new Visitor Guide.

The Coshocton Visitors Bureau is located at 401 Main St., Coshocton. For information and a list of events, visit the web site at www.visitcoshocton.com, or follow them on Facebook ~ Visit Coshocton Ohio!