COLUMBUS (May 5, 2009) - In an effort to link Ohio travelers and visitors to the more than 700 registered tourist destinations in Ohio’s Appalachian region, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is rebranding three of the department’s Travel Information Centers to highlight "Ohio’s Appalachian Gateway."
New signs and photographs at the centers feature such Appalachian destinations as the Sternwheeler Festival in Marietta, the Wilds wildlife conservation center in Cumberland, the Portsmouth Flood Wall Mural, and the annual Appalachian Festival in Cincinnati.
"Ohio’s Appalachian Gateway" will be showcased at ODOT’s Travel Information Centers on Interstate 70 (westbound) in Belmont County, Interstate 77 (northbound) in Washington County, and U.S. Route 23 (northbound) in Scioto County.
Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties - stretching across southern, southeastern, and eastern Ohio - are well-known for their beautiful scenery, rich culture, and timeless traditions.
Visitors to ODOT’s Appalachian Gateway Travel Information Centers will be able to obtain brochures and maps highlighting destinations throughout the region. Professional travel counselors will also be available daily to offer insight and advice on enjoying tourist destinations in Appalachia and others around the state.
Tourism is a $38 billion industry in Ohio. ODOT and the Ohio Tourism Division are partnering in several efforts to highlight Ohio’s travel and tourism destinations. Signs and promotions at ODOT facilities across the state - including the department’s 110 rest areas along the state highway system - encourage motorists to call 1-800-BUCKEYE and visit