Sunday, October 7, 2018


SANDUSKY, Ohio – The Darke County Visitors Bureau recently received recognition for achievement in marketing and advertising at the Ohio Travel Association’s RUBY Awards presentation, held Sept. 26 in Sandusky, Ohio. The DCVB received a first-place RUBY award for the 2018-2019 Darke County Visitors Guide, and a “Citation of Excellence” in the print advertisement category. Accepting the award was executive director Matt Staugler.

The Ohio Travel Association’s Recognizing Uncommon Brilliance Yearly (RUBY) Awards recognize excellence in Ohio’s travel industry for efforts in advertising, marketing and public relations. Competition was strong this year with more than 203 entries in print-based, web-based, marketing campaign, advertisement and video categories among others. The awards, sponsored by Ohio Magazine, were presented during the Ohio Conference on Travel held at Cedar Point.

“It’s an honor to be recognized amongst your peers in such a competitive year,” said Staugler. “Our guide is something we work incredibly hard on, so to be recognized as a top performer in the state is very humbling. It’s an honor to represent our Darke County attractions and small businesses.”

The Ohio Travel Association is the non-profit association representing attractions, destination marketing organizations, hotels, museums, suppliers, restaurants, campgrounds and other businesses that make up Ohio’s $44 billion travel industry. For more information about the Ohio Travel Association and how to get involved with colleagues in the travel economy, visit

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