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Director of nursing joins Glenwood

Teresa Meyer has been appointed to the position of director of nursing for Glenwood Retirement Community. Meyer comes to Glenwood with 18 years of experience in the areas of home health, wound care, diabetes education, primary care and more.

Meyer was born and raised in St. Mary’s, W.Va., and resides in Devola. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University.

Increase in transient guest tax collections

Transient guest tax collections received for February 2014 were recently released by the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau showing revenues at over $31,190; an increase of over 10.8 percent from the same time last year.

So far in 2014 both January and February show an increase in the bed tax revenue generated compared to the previous year.

The CVB’s mission is to promote the area as a distinctive destination, said Chuck Swaney, president of the CVB board of directors. “The staff just finished their travel show season, working both the leisure and group travel markets,” Swaney said.

According to Jeri Knowlton, executive director, the industry is expecting a strong season. “People are in the mood to travel. We are seeing positive indicators that there will be growth this season.”

Recently, Smithsonian magazine named Marietta as No. 6 out of 20 Best Small Town’s list.

“The phones have been ringing since. Travelers are very interested in visiting Marietta because of this recognition,” Knowlton said.

Local CVB executive talks about tourism with state legislators

Jeri Knowlton, executive director of the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, spoke with lawmakers about the importance of tourism on March 19 during the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus State Lobbying Day.

The event provides an opportunity for participants to meet with their individual elected representatives and talk tourism. The impact of the tourism industry on Ohio’s economy is shared with lawmakers and it is also a great time to discuss local tourism issues.

This year legislators learned that the latest studies show tourism sales generated $2.7 billion in state and local taxes and that tourism is one of the top five Ohio industry employers with a payroll of $10.6 billion. Participants were also able to assure their legislators that tourism is a wise investment for the state, with TourismOhio returning $15 in state and local taxes for every $1 invested in their annual marketing campaign.

OACVB is statewide organization serving CVBs throughout Ohio helping them to maximize the economic impact of tourism via effective communication, cooperative marketing, industry education, legislative awareness, issue management, trend identification and professional development.

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