TONY STEWART’S ELDORA SPEEDWAY HONORED AS 2012 TOURISM CITIZEN OF THE YEARJune 1, 2012
Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway was named as the recipient of the 2012 Tourism Citizen of the Year by the Darke County Visitors Bureau (DCVB). The prestigious award was presented by Roger Van Frank, Vice President of the DCVB to Eldora General Manager Roger Slack during Friday’s Darke County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting at Romer’s Catering in Greenville.
The Tourism Citizen of the Year award is the highest honor that the DCVB bestows annually. It acknowledges individuals or businesses within Darke County that recognize tourism and the value of its impact upon the county. The award recipients are chosen for their efforts to market outside of Darke County, to bring tourists into the area to enjoyed events, attractions, shops, accommodations and other aspects of the tourism industry.
In presenting the award, Van Frank stated, “The award recognizes those who have demonstrated extensive and diverse participation, leadership and support in public and/or private tourism endeavors over a period of years. This honor is bestowed upon a leader capable of getting others involved in tourism within the community.”
Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway attracts over 100,000 racing fans annually from across the United States and around the world. On average it is estimated that 71% travel more than two hours to experience Eldora Speedway.
“These race fans stay overnight at local accommodations and campgrounds in the area,” stated Deanna York, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. “These same fans attend Darke County events and enjoy the area attractions and parks. Their expendable income is spent in local restaurants, along with the local retail and grocery stores. They enjoy the quality of life offered in Darke County. ”
This positive economic impact to the Darke County area is what led the Darke County Visitors Bureau to present their 2012 Tourism Citizen of the Year Award to Tony Stewarts Eldora Speedway.
“Tony Stewart is very committed to maintaining the strong image that Eldora Speedway has within Darke County, and the entire racing world. Our entire staff is extremely honored to accept this award on his behalf,” stated Roger Slack, General Manager of Eldora Speedway.
“Our marketing efforts bring a lot of people to Darke County, and many fans camp right at the speedway – looking for things to do while they await the great racing action,” stated Larry Boos, Operations Manager at Eldora Speedway. “We make sure they know, that right at their doorstep, in Darke County, there are plenty of things to do, places to shop, places to eat and places to see.”
Caption (l to r:) Roger Van Frank, vice president; Daryl Riffle, past president; Roger Slack, Eldora Speedway, Larry Boos, board president and Deanna York, executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau.