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Belmont County Tourism Council Wins Two MIDDY Awards

Belmont County Tourism Council has earned recognition for print and social media advertising with first place wins in MIDDY Awards.

St. Clairsville, OH, November 17, 2016 --( The Belmont County Tourism Council has been recognized for excellence in tourism advertising with two MIDDY Awards. Awards were presented at the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus’ (OACVB) 19th Annual Awards of Excellence.

Belmont County Tourism received two first place awards, one for Advertisement - Leisure (Print) and one for Social Media Campaign – Facebook. Barb Ballint, Assistant Director of Belmont County Tourism Council and her team were thrilled to receive such honors. “Many outstanding marketing campaigns were submitted. Receiving these awards for a job well-done is a high achievement. Thank you to all of the judges on the panel for their recognition of our work.”

Ballint said that the Belmont County Tourism Council contracted advertising agency, Beyond Spots & Dots in early 2016 to increase awareness of County attractions and happenings. With the agency’s assistance, Belmont County Tourism Council executed a full marketing campaign inclusive of a logo and website redesign, social media management/advertising, print advertising and internet advertising. “The office has seen an increase of location, event and attraction inquiries. Chairpersons of events throughout the county have shared that they have witnessed an increase of attendance to their events. This is definitely a direct result of this marketing campaign,” said Ballint.

For more information about the MIDDY Awards, visit

About Belmont County Tourism Council
Belmont County Tourism Council, located in St. Clairsville, OH, was formed to promote tourism in Belmont County, Ohio. The office maintains and disseminates information related to recreational, cultural and tourist-related activities and is responsible for advertising attractions and events in the region. For more information, visit

About Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus and MIDDY Awards
Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (OACVB) is a resource for destination marketing organizations in Ohio to maximize the economic impact of tourism via effective communication, cooperative marketing, industry education, legislative awareness, issues management, trend identification and professional development. The MIDDY Awards, named for the region of the U.S. that is represented, are presented for Destination Marketing and Tourism Development. Entries must promote tourism or destination marketing and be distributed internationally, nationally, regionally or locally. Recipients are recognized for excellence in objective, results, creativity and originality.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Belmont County Tourism Council, journalists and analysts may call 740.695.4359. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed.
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