Mahoning Tourism Bureau Earns State Honors

SANDUSKY, Ohio – The Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau has been honored for its marketing and advertising by the Ohio Travel Association.

The bureau received a first-place Ruby Award for its monthly e-newsletter and a second-place Citation of Excellence for its digital campaign promoting fall events in Mahoning County.

The Ruby Awards (Recognizing Uncommon Brilliance Yearly) recognize excellence in Ohio’s hospitality and tourism industry for efforts in advertising, marketing and public relations. This year’s competition attracted 184 entries in 17 categories. The awards, sponsored by Ohio Magazine, were presented during the Ohio Conference on Tourism, the state’s tourism, which took place Oct. 13, at Kalahari Resorts.

Nine marketing professionals representing academia, consulting firms and ad agencies judged each entry on the basis of overall concept, results and creativity.

Accepting the awards for the Mahoning CVB was Tara Mady, assistant director of the agency.

“It’s an honor to have our work and efforts recognized,” said Mady. “We promote all of the wonderful local events and things to do in Mahoning County. Both our e-Newsletter and digital campaigns allow us to expand our reach and promote our area as a great weekend getaway.”

Linda Macala, executive director of the Mahoning CVB, pointed out the economic impact of tourism on the county.

“Our efforts to market this area and promote visitation results in important visitor dollars filtering not only through our hospitality community, but tax dollars being generated as well,” Macala said.

Pictured at top: Tara Mady of the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau holds an award the bureau received.

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