While use of the Internet and mobile technology for consumer travel planning is increasing, a recent report shows that Dublin visitors and residents continue to rely on the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau's print publications, as well.

While use of the Internet and mobile technology for consumer travel planning is increasing, a recent report shows that Dublin visitors and residents continue to rely on the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau's print publications, as well. According to a visitor segmentation and profiling study, 30 percent said they used the "Official Dublin, Ohio, Visitor & Event Planning Guide" to plan their trip, and 31 percent used it as a resource while they were in Dublin.

The bureau just released the 2012 edition of the "Dublin, Ohio, Visitor & Event Planning Guide" featuring resource information on Dublin's hotels, attractions, events, shopping, dining and event venues. The guide is the bureau's most requested publication and is distributed at tourism information centers across Ohio and the Midwest, trade shows and major events, convention and group tour information packets and in response to all visitor inquiries.

The guide, which is free and available at the Dublin Visitor Information Center in Historic Dublin, provides comprehensive information about the city of Dublin from a visitor perspective.

Some of the features include a history of Dublin, attractions, events, hotels, shopping, restaurants, golf courses and maps.

Some unique features include "insider tips," itinerary ideas and an Irish tunes play list.

Planning a meeting, reunion or wedding? Both visitors and residents will find useful event planning information about event sites, group dining and meeting facilities.

We've also created a digital version of the guide on our website so that visitors can browse and download the guide instantaneously. The digital version allows viewers to quickly turn the page online, zoom, easily navigate through the guide and move instantly from one page to another or print selected pages. The digital version also provides live website links to the various hotels, restaurants, attractions, etc. located within the guide.

The guide helps raise awareness of Dublin as a great destination for those looking for a place to spend a weekend getaway or seeking a city to host a trade show, wedding, family reunion, athletic event and more. Visitors spend tens of millions of dollars in our community every year. It may surprise you to learn that the largest chunk of visitor spending in our community is not on hotel rooms, but on food and beverage. In fact, your favorite Dublin restaurant might not even be here if it weren't for visitor dollars supporting its operation. Visitors also spend their dollars in Dublin on retail purchases, local transportation, entertainment and recreation. I think you can see how widespread the economic impact from visitor spending is in our community and how important the travel and tourism industry is to the local businesses and individuals in our community. Every year, these visitor dollars directly support a variety of organizations and activities in Dublin including the Dublin Arts Council, Dublin Irish Festival, Independence Day and St. Patrick's Day celebrations, lights and dugouts at Avery Park and Darree Fields, and much more.

To view or download a digital version of 2012 visitors guide, visit our website at www. IrishisanAttitude.com or pick up a copy at the Dublin Visitor Information Center, 9 S. High St. in Historic Dublin.

Scott Dring is the executive director of the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau.