Updated Sun, Feb 23, 2014 3:49 pm
The newest Athens County visitors guide is now available, featuring all the attractions and sightseeing opportunities for residents and tourists alike.
In all, the 2014 guide is more than 60 pages of all things southeast Ohio — from uptown Athens restaurants to Nelsonville art galleries and everywhere in between. With 60,000 copies distributed in the county and throughout Ohio, the guide remains as the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s premier publication.
This year’s magazine marks a notable shift in how the bureau has integrated technology into local tourism. Throughout each section, the guide prints social media responses to various questions, like “What is your favorite place to explore in Athens?” Also, many photos used were sent in by local residents via Twitter.
“(Social media) is definitely a new tool for us,” said Paige Alost, executive director of the bureau. “This magazine represents what residents love.”
Along with laying out all the biggest events and festivals taking place this year, the guide details hundreds of arts venues, lodgings and businesses. Rather than a long index of items near the end, the magazine was split into various sections, each with their own lists of related locations and contact information.
The guide devotes several pages to Nelsonville, a concerted effort Alost said to emphasize tourism county-wide.
“Nelsonville is a distinct community all in its own,” Alost said, noting that its location offers a “gateway” to Hocking Hills, Wayne National Forest and southward into Athens.
The 2014 Athens County Visitors Guide is available for free at many businesses throughout the county, especially in uptown Athens and the Baker University Center. Copies are also available at the visitors bureau, located near the Athens Community Center. An online version can be found at http://www.athensohio.com/about/visitors-guide.
Alost also encouraged residents to contact the bureau at 592-1819 to have copies of the guide sent to friends and relatives free of cost.