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2015 Ohio Conference on Tourism

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Hilton Polaris, Columbus




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Representing Ohio’s $40 billion tourism industry, the Ohio Travel Association (OTA) brings the industry together to create change, stay on top of trends, and increase sales. Our members include all sectors of Ohio’s tourism industry, including attractions, museums, hotels, destination marketing organizations, restaurants, and suppliers.

We believe in Ohio’s tourism industry and it shows.  

Latest News


OTA Members, Industry Gather to Learn Important Media Skills

The media industry is experiencing constant change, as illustrated this week by the sale of The Columbus Dispatch, a long-time family-owned media outlet. Recognizing the importance of developing strong media skills, more than 30 OTA members and tourism industry professionals gathered for an intensive two-day media-training workshop - The Perfect Pitch - on June 2 and 3, hosted by the Ohio Travel Association at Columbus State Community College.


Legislation Proposed to Even the Playing Field Between Hotels and Online Travel Companies

Online Travel Companies Remit their Taxes at a Lower Rate than Others -- and Cost Ohio, its Communities, and Taxpayers in the Process

The world is only now learning how to deal with the impact of technology. This legislation helps the industry and the state "catch-up" with technology - meaning online travel companies pay what is owed.


Proposed Law will Require Rental Bicycle Helmets

Likely to impact those riding on trails as well as roadways

SB 157 requires any person under 16 to wear a helmet while on a bicycle. It also requires bike rental businesses to inform any person under 16 renting a bike of this requirement and to provide helmet rentals.

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