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US Department of Labor Proposes New Overtime Rules

OTA Submits Comments Opposing Proposed Rules

The Ohio Travel Association submitted comments protesting new regulation changes to overtime. The lack of a cost-of-living index will create inequity and particular hardships for rural and seasonal tourism businesses.

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Representing Ohio’s $42 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.


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OTA Helps Members with Substantial BWC Savings, Education and Service

Ohio Travel Association (OTA) membership has many benefits, but did you know that the OTA provides the opportunity to save a considerable amount of money through our strategic partnership with CareWorksComp?


Lake Erie Algal Blooms Projected to be Milder than Last Year

Lake Erie is one of Ohio’s most important natural resources with birders, boaters, anglers, recreationists, home-owners and more all enjoying more than 9,900 square miles of fresh water. The most recent research by Tourism Economics showed that coastal county tourism contributed $12.9 billion in visitor spending and 119,591 jobs in 2014. In recent years, increased amounts of nutrients entering the water has created heightened algal blooms. The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) most recent forecast predict milder algal blooms this summer. Read more…


Tips on Submitting a Winning RUBY Award Entry

The Inside Scoop from a Judge’s Perspective

Every year, the RUBY Awards honor those who found the most innovative ways to market their destinations, experiences or services. At the annual Ohio Conference on Travel, the Ohio Travel Association recognizes and rewards outstanding performance in the diverse field of travel and tourism marketing and advertising. Here are some tips for ensuring that your entry stands a better chance of winning one of the biggest honors in the travel industry.

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County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau