Vinton County is Ohio’s last frontier of Appalachian wilderness. Our scenic beauty, rural location, and plentiful hunting opportunities attract attention from visitors across the state and the country every year.
The Vinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau (VCCVB) is a private 501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation established for the public purpose of promoting the economic development of Vinton County’s tourism industry.
The VCCVB serves as the first point of contact for leisure travelers, special event planners, and tour operators. Marketing, advertising, and promotional efforts are focused regionally, statewide, and in strategic areas of neighboring states to attract new dollars and new business, which results in a positive impact on economic development. The VCCVB hosts signature events like the Midnight at Moonville festival and sponsors tourism development projects like the Vinton County Park District and its parks. Additionally, the organization is in the early stages of planning vacation rentals at Hotel McArthur and Shea Farmhouse that will fund additional staff positions.
Mission Statement: The Vinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau will improve economic vitality in Vinton County by developing and promoting its growing tourism industry.
Vision Statement: The Vinton County Convention and Visitor Bureau will seek to be a leader within the Hocking Hills Region by developing and marketing Vinton County as an authentic and affordable tourist destination.
Any individual, business, or nonprofit organization involved in the tourism industry is invited to approach the VCCVB about volunteer and marketing opportunities.
- Vinton County’s Official Visitors Guide
- This biannual publication promotes the county to visitors. Local tourism businesses and attractions are listed in the guide, and advertisements may also be purchased.
- Local tourism businesses and attractions receive free listings here on the VCCVB website (www.visitvintoncounty.org) and can promote upcoming events hosted by their business or organization in the Event Calendar.
- Visitor Center
- Members’ brochures, menus, or sample products can be displayed in the Vinton County Visitor Center at Hotel McArthur.
- Marketing Tools
- “Tourism partner” window clings and other marketing tools are available.
- Referral System
- Inquiries are made to the Vinton County Visitor Center for services and products by phone, email, and walk-ins. Informing the VCCVB about your products ad services allows us to better inform visitors about what’s available in our area.
- The VCCVB sponsors annual events, including the annual Midnight at Moonville festival. The VCCVB also compiles an annual Calendar of Events for publication in the Official Visitors Guide, the website, local news media, and other marketing efforts.
- Advertising Discounts
- The VCCVB purchases print advertising in regional markets. These ads promote the entire county, but sometimes include co-op space for local businesses to purchase ads at a reduced rate.
- Tourism Expos
- The VCCVB attends state and regional tourism expos and conventions to advertise our county’s tourism assets and events. Local businesses are sometimes invited along to sell or promote their products.
- Committee Activity
- The VCCVB is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees who act as chairpersons on committees. Members of the public are encouraged to become involved by volunteering on committees too.
VCCVB Board of Trustees and Staff
The VCCVB is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, volunteers who serve without compensation. The 2023 board consists of:
- President David “Uncle Buck” McPherson (term ending December 2025)
- Vice President Lori Calderon (term ending December 2026)
- Secretary Audie Games (term ending December 2027)
- Treasurer Sharon Conner (term ending December 2028)
- Lindsay Barnett (term ending December 2030)
- Tiffany Cline (term ending December 2031)
- Phil Collins (term ending December 2029
Executive Director Caleb Appleman is the organization’s sole employee.
VCCVB Bylaws and Policies
The work of the VCCVB is made possible with the support of its tourism partners, occasional grants, and by a portion of the lodging tax charged to visitors who stay in local lodging facilities (contributions mandated by Ohio Revised Code Sections 5739.08 and 5739.09). Lodging facilities operating within Vinton County are required to collect a 6% lodging tax from their guests and remit it to the county auditor on a monthly basis (or Brown Township Trustees for lodging in that township).