Friday, August 19, 2011


GREENVILLE (Aug. 19, 2011) – Travelers searching for ideas on day trips, extended stays or relaxing getaway weekends in western Ohio will find a wealth of information and entertainment thanks to a redesign of, Darke County’s travel and tourism website.

“Years ago, tourists may have planned a trip around a friend’s recommendations or by using a travel agent, but today they use the web,” said Deanna York, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau.

The website boasts a new “searchability” feature for visitors to browse the county’s extensive database of calendar of events, dates, and other specific categories of interest; including a full host of shops, restaurants and accommodations. Visitors will find a comprehensive online photo and video library showcasing Darke County in fabulous mid-western hospitality and small town charm.

A new social component has been added to connect visitors easily to the bureau’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as to Darke County-related video on YouTube. Visitors to the site will notice the bureau’s Twitter feed prominently displayed on the Homepage, as well as on the Connect page.

A useful tool for visitors wanting to plan their own trip to Darke County can be found on the site, as well. The ‘My Trip Itinerary,’ feature allows visitors as they peruse the site, to easily add with a click of the mouse, restaurants, shops and accommodations to build a customized itinerary made for their specific pleasure. When finished the itinerary can be viewed, emailed to another party or themselves, or printed.

The site provides a wealth of information, easily distinguishable by three themes; Parks & Preserves, Explore & Experience, and Legends & Legacies. Parks & Preserves highlights the perfect backdrop for families’ next outdoor trek. Explore & Experience emphasizes the wealth of fun to be found while visiting festivals, sights, and attractions in Darke County. Peek through time and discover the frontier spirit of Legends & Legacies, making Darke County the adventurous, innovative and infectious land of people we are today!

“The new website captures the legendary spirit of Darke County and supports the bureau’s mission to enhance the economic growth of Darke County through the promotion and development of tourism,” stated Daryl Riffle, Chairman of the Darke County Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees. is a comprehensive tool for gaining online information on tourism attractions, accommodations and events happening in Darke County, Ohio,” stated York.

“Check it out today at”

The mission of the Darke County Visitors Bureau is to enhance the economic growth of Darke County through the promotion and development of tourism.

The website project was completed by Encounter Marketing, a full service marketing agency with a focus on creating services that will serve rural, small town communities in Ohio. They can be reached at 937-553-1621, or on the web at

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