On a quarterly basis the Preble County Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCCVB) reports on its work to the Preble County Commissioners. As background, in late 2011 the county commission created the PCCVB as the recipient of the 3 percent bed tax applicable to certain portions of the county and required a quarterly report of all activities performed and on the process which encourages and promotes travel and tourism in Preble County.
The 2014 Visitors’ Guide to Preble County was published in February and continues to be available in many locations in Preble County including The Register-Herald office at 200 Eaton-Lewisburg Road in Eaton, the Preble County Chamber of Commerce, the County Courthouse, all branches of the Preble County District Library, and at other locations throughout the county. The brochures also are available to download at the Bureau’s web site at www.preblecountypassport.com.
Visitors’ Guides articles feature key tourism sites in the county as well as a list of shopping, dining, lodging, and recreational facilities in the county and events known to be scheduled at the time of publication. The PCCVB appreciates our partnership with The Register-Herald in making this publication possible.
Additional promotion activities of the past quarter include participating in the Travel Information Center Digital Kiosk Advertising Program of the Ohio Department of Transportation. This project is being conducted in conjunction with the Hueston Woods Region Visitors Bureau and the New Paris Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Kiosk is located at each of the twelve Travel Information Centers in Ohio and will feature rotating digital displays about Preble County over the next twelve months.
Through collaborations with the other two visitors’ bureaus as well as with the convention and visitors bureaus in nearby counties, PCCVB plans to extend its reach into the surrounding communities. One board member attended a regional tourism conference sponsored by the Richmond/Wayne County, Indiana, visitors’ bureau and identified a variety of new projects that may be built over the next year or so.
PCCVB recently renewed its contract with the Tri-State Rack Service to distribute 10,000 covered bridge brochures to over 125 hotel and restaurant locations in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. And PCCVB contracted with Ad-Rack to distribute an additional 12,000 covered bridge brochures through six Travel information Centers in Ohio.
Over the past few months the PCCVB Web site has featured articles about West Alexandria, Preble County Historical Society’s Hall of Honor Inductee Lucille Petry Leone, Bridges Bikes & Blues, the Preble County Fair, and the Visual Art Center of Preble County. Much more information about local resources is available on the site. Suggestions for Web site content are welcome and can be submitted to the PCCVB via the “Contact Us” tab on the web site. www.preblecountypassport.com
Everyone also is invited to “Like” us on Facebook at Preble County Convention & Visitors Bureau for daily posts with the most current information about events in Preble County!
And visit for our exhibit tent at the 143rd Famous Preble County Fair!
The PCCVB will continue to report to the county commissioners and the community on a quarterly basis. Watch for our next report in late fall!
Jean Fitzwater Bussell, President, Commissioners’ Liaison
Leslie Collins, Vice President, At-Large Representative
Jeff Sewert, Secretary and Treasurer, Lewisburg Chamber of Commerce Representative
Abby Noland, Preble County Chamber of Commerce Representative
Dale Hall, New Paris Chamber of Commerce Representative
David Maynard, Camden Area Chamber of Commerce Representative
Sharon Smith, At-Large Representative
Carolyn Ulrich, At-Large Representative
Stephanie S. Garrett, At-Large Representative
Marcia Glenn, At-Large Representative