06/04/2015

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.


05/28/2015

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.


05/28/2015

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.


05/28/2015

Resolution Proposed to Make the Case of National Heritage Area

Ohio Pathway through Space and the John H. Glenn Trail Recommended for Designation

Hoping to bring some attention to the space-related sites of Ohio, M. Sheehy (D-Oregon) and M. Stinziano (D-Columbus) introduced HR 28 to request the President and federal officials to establish the Ohio Pathway through Space National Heritage Area and the John H. Glenn Trail.


05/28/2015

Legislation Proposed to Boost Visibility of National Park Service Sites

Insists that the "Arrowhead" appear on highway signage

Introduced by J. Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake), HB 97 requires placement of the National Park Service arrowhead logo on all state highway signs providing directions to units of the National Park Service.


04/30/2015

National Parks Have $225 Million Economic Impact in Ohio, Support 2,700 Jobs

More than 2.4 million visitors experienced National Park Service sites in Ohio last year. During their visits, they spent $155 million in communities near each park or site.

Last week, the National Park Service released “2014 National Park Visitor Spending Effects: Economic Contributions to Local Communities, States, and the Nation.” This report provides a snapshot of national and site-specific spending, as well as the overall impact this spending has on local communities as the visitor dollar flows through the economy.

Spending by visitors to Ohio’s NPS units supported 2,700 jobs in 2014. Total economic impact of these sites on the Ohio economy is $225 million when adding the business-to-business sales for goods and services that occur in addition to the direct visitor spending.


04/30/2015

Ohio Sites Being Considered for UNESCO World Heritage Designation

George Papagiannis from UNESCO toured Ohio in mid-April, speaking in several communities about the World Heritage designation process. Hosted by the Ohio History Connection, Papagiannis said it can take three to four years for a site to move from the tentative list to coming before the World Heritage Committee, which ultimately is responsible for making the decision on whether a site is deemed appropriate for World Heritage Status. Ohio History Connection also sat down with Papagiannis for an in-depth interview.


04/30/2015

Traveler Tribes Identified for 2030

Forecasting Travel in the Future; Planning for Change Today

Thinking about how travel will change 15 years from now is difficult stuff. How will technology change the way our travelers seek out, book and experience travel? How will population growth, multiculturalism and an aging population create change?


03/31/2015

TourismOhio Selects Brand Architecture, Media Planning Agencies

Cult Marketing and Marcus Thomas leaders address TourismOhio Advisory Council meeting

Last week, TourismOhio announced the selection of Cult Marketing and Marcus Thomas LLC to lead the development of brand architecture and media strategy, respectively. Both agencies have Ohio roots and experience developing campaigns for large corporate clients. Cult Marketing has worked with Rocky Boots, Bath & Body Works, Dublin Irish Festival, Nationwide Insurance, and Scotts. Marcus Thomas' clients include Akron Children's Hospital, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Dutch Boy, and Nestle.


03/30/2015

Trails and Tourism

What's the Connection?

After speaking at two regional trails conferences over the last few weeks, we share our thoughts on the economic opportunities of trails. Included are tips for how to make your community "trail-friendly".


03/27/2015

Branding Ohio: State launches $2 million effort to find slogan that pays off in more tourists

By: Susan Glaser, The Plain Dealer

The team is in place. The work is under way. The goal: Take the many diverse parts of the state -- big cities, small towns, vast farmlands, a Great Lake -- and capture all of it in a single brand.

Posted by Ohio Travel Association on Friday, March 27, 2015

03/23/2015

Ohio Visitors Don't Know County Lines

Melissa Topey, Sandusky Register


03/19/2015

TourismOhio Taps Marcus Thomas, Cult Marketing for Creative and Media Services

Laura Nichols, PR Week


02/26/2015

Ohio Travel Association Tourism Cares Scholarship Presented to Erin Holter

Established in 1991, the scholarship is presented to support a travel, tourism or hospitality student from Ohio

Erin Holter of North Royalton, is attending Johnson and Wales University pursuing hospitality, culinary and restaurant management. She would like to use her education to plan and create healthy, unique meals on a large scale for big events and hopes to begin her own banquet facility or event planning business.


02/26/2015

Economic Driver, Heartland Travel Showcase, Presented in Chicago

30th Annual Group Travel Showcase Attracts National Tour Operators, Highlights Ohio Group Tour Destinations

(Chicago, IL) 2/26/15 - More than 500 destinations, tour operator companies and media partners from across America's Heartland region gathered at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago Feb 20-22. For those in attendance, the 30th annual Heartland Travel Showcase, produced by the Ohio Travel Association, was an opportunity to promote group travel itineraries, develop professional relationships, and learn about the group tour market.


02/13/2015

Ohio Travel Industry Professional Development Study Shared at OTA Regional Meetings

More than 85 industry representatives shared ideas and thoughts

Last fall, the Ohio Travel Association partnered with Ohio State University to explore the professional development and education needs of our industry. Before the report is finalized and distributed, OTA reached out to the industry at regional meetings throughout Ohio.


02/09/2015

Grant Funds Available for Historic Markers

William G. Pomeroy Foundation Supporting Heritage and Tourism

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is now offering grants for Ohio Historical Markers and Ohio Corporate Limit Markers in Erie, Huron, and Seneca counties.


02/04/2015

A Perfect Pairing: Craft Breweries and Ohio's Travel Industry

Presentation Given at Ohio Craft Brewery Association Conference in Wooster

Craft Brewers

Speaking before craft brewery business owners and managers is a great opportunity to generate ideas for boosting their business and enhancing the brewery experience in Ohio. OTA Director Melinda Huntley discusses what travelers are seeking, how craft breweries provide the experiences they're seeking, and how to connect to the travel industry.


02/03/2015

Assistance to Grow Your Business is Available

Ohio Development Services Agency Director and TourismOhio Chief Share Information on Industry Conference Call

2/3/15 (Columbus) - DSA Director David Goodman and TourismOhio Chief Mary Cusick discussed programs and services available to help Ohio's tourism businesses during a conference call, Feb. 3, 2015.


11/20/2014

Ohio Report Provides Trend Data on Outdoor Recreation

Track most popular outdoor activities, including those that include an overnight stay

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently released its Ohio Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP, for short). This study provides useful information for travel industry businesses and organizations who want to incorporate nature-based activities in their strategies.


11/20/2014

Data-Driven Marketing Insights for the Ohio Tourism Industry

New Studies Reveal the Potential Impact and Applications of "Big-Data"


11/20/2014

TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting Held Nov. 13

Agenda included ethics training, discussion of draft strategic plan, and 2015 funding


11/20/2014

TourismOhio Announces Details of Spring/Summer 2015 Co-Op

Co-Op Opened to Industry Nov. 17


11/20/2014

OTA Holds Annual Board Retreat in Hocking Hills

Board of Directors Builds on 3-year strategy


10/30/2014

Ebola Virus Crisis Planning and Support Documents Provided by the U.S. Travel Association

Guidelines Provided for Assessing Risk, Prevention, Preparing, Responding and Recovery

As discussed at the 2014 Ohio Conference on Tourism, the Ohio Travel Association will be keeping you informed on resources and guidelines related to the recent Ebola virus outbreak. Thanks to our partners at the U.S. Travel Association, preliminary guidelines are available.


10/30/2014

Nineteen Travel Industry Members Complete Statewide Leadership Training

Graduating Class Represents Diverse Sectors of Ohio Travel & Tourism Industry

Nineteen travel industry professionals graduated from the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy during the 2014 Ohio Conference on Tourism. There are now 88 alumni of this innovative and powerful program. Applications for the 2015 program are being accepted until Nov. 28.


10/30/2014

Ohio Travel Industry Gathers in Springfield

Nearly 300 Industry Members Attend 2014 Ohio Conference on Tourism

Members of Ohio's travel and tourism industry gathered this month in Springfield for the Ohio Conference on Tourism. The event included education, networking, and industry celebrations. Mark your calendars for Nov. 16-18 for the 2015 Ohio Conference on Tourism at the Hilton-Polaris in Columbus.


10/27/2014

2014/15 Ohio Travel Association Leadership Elected

Karen Raymore Sworn in as OTA President

At the 2014 Ohio Conference on Tourism in Springfield, Karen Raymore was sworn in as the 2014/15 Ohio Travel Association President. Other officers include Eric Hansen (Hotel and Leisure Advisors) as Vice President, Jodi Burroughs (Hocking Hills Canopy Tours) as Treasurer, Richard Nachazel (Destination Toledo) as Secretary, and Lute Harmon Jr (Great Lakes Publishing) as Past President.


10/27/2014

We Asked. You Answered.

Summary of OTA Membership Results Provides Insight for the Future

Here's a quick glance at what you, the OTA membership, want from your Ohio Travel Association.


10/27/2014

Study Launches New Thoughts on why DMO Promotions is Important

Those Exposed to DMO Promotions More Likely to Book, Stay Longer, Spend More

A new study by the global technology and analytics firm, Rocket Power, demonstrates the role of destination marketing in influencing travelers to book on online travel agency sites.


10/21/2014

17th Annual RUBY Award Winners Announced at 2014 Ohio Conference on Tourism

Winners of the 2014 Ruby Awards were announced and celebrated Oct. 16 at the Ohio Conference on Tourism in Springfield. Presented annually by the Ohio Travel Association, the Ruby Awards recognize advertising, marketing, and public relations excellence in Ohio's $38 billion travel industry.


10/20/2014

Meet Sam, a Front-Line Worker from the Ohio Travel Industry

A Look at how our Jobs are Meaningfully Different

This speech was delivered by Melinda Huntley, executive director of the Ohio Travel Association, at the 2014 Ohio Conference on Tourism in Springfield, Ohio.


10/09/2014

Bringing Buses to Your Downtown

Trends and Tips to Help You Attract Group Travel

Adapted from a recent Heritage Ohio presentation, this article is a Group Travel 101 filled with research and information on Ohio's $1.14 billion group travel market. In addition to discussing the basic buying process of group travel, it talks about the changing dynamics, trends, and creating group experiences that will sell.


09/17/2014

OTA Announces 2014 Board of Directors Election Nomination Slate

The Ohio Travel Association is proud to present the slate of candidates for the 2013 OTA Board of Directors election. The election will be held at the 2013 OTA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the Ohio Conference on Tourism on October 17, 2013 at 1:00pm. Register online at http://www.ohioconferenceontourism.com Candidates for the OTA Board of Directors will be available for questions at the Meet the Candidates Breakfast, sponsored by Meredith Travel, October 17 at 8:00am.


08/27/2014

OTA Welcomes New Intern Ryan Little

Ryan Little isn’t just an intern. He’s a passionate student and young professional who will learn from OTA and help the team in any way. He is interning with OTA for the fall semester, working on website and content development, event marketing and planning and social media marketing.

Ryan is a senior at The Ohio State University majoring in marketing with a minor in professional writing. Ryan has been involved with several organizations, including Mount Leadership Society and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity where he is currently serving as treasurer.


08/19/2014

Opportunities for Leveraging Ohio's Great Outdoors

New Report Shares Findings of Recent Studies and Conversations with Ohio's Tourism Businesses

The Ohio Travel Association and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources collaborated on regional meetings in late 2013 to discuss opportunities and challenges for promoting and developing nature tourism experiences. This report shares these findings, as well as recent studies.


08/07/2014

Ohio Travel Industry Gets Up Close and Personal with Outdoor Recreation Resources

OTA and ODNR Team Up for Tourism Day at the Ohio State Fair


08/06/2014

Ohio Tourism Industry Meets with Congressman Jim Jordan

Discusses several federal policy decisions that would help our industry prosper

The Ohio Travel Association and the United States Travel Association hosted a listening session with Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Urbana) on Aug. 6. In addition to hearing about key issues for Ohio’s tourism industry, the Congressman toured the Rutherford B. Hayes home and the presidential museum. Christie Weininger, executive director at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, provided a fascinating tour filled with stories of the former president’s family and political life.


07/18/2014

National park tourism in Ohio creates $149 million in economic benefit

New report shows visitor spending supports 2,300 jobs

A new National Park Service reports shows that the 2.4 million visitors to Ohio's national parks in 2013 spent $149 million and supported 2,300 jobs in the state. The report also states that the 16-day government shut-down of parks in 2013 accounted for a decline in parks' visitation and consumer spending.


03/04/2014

Statehood Day: Ohio’s Past and Ohio’s Future

3/4/14 (Columbus)-Representatives of Ohio's historical sites and business community (including several from the tourism industry) gathered at the Ohio Statehouse on Feb. 27 for the 2014 Statehood Day hosted by the Ohio Historical Society, Heritage Ohio, and Preservation Ohio. Statehood Day is an opportunity for attendees to meet with legislators on important history related topics. The 2014 event emphasized the... Read More>>


03/04/2014

Proposed Regulations Target Ohio's $220 Million Recreational Hunting Industry, 550,000 Hunters

3/4/14 (Columbus) -Over half million Ohio hunters may be impacted by recently proposed changes to ODNR regulations, including increased permit fees, county-by-county bag limits, and relaxed rifle restrictions. The Division of Wildlife just held a series of public meetings to gather comments about the new regulations. Added cost may be a factor for some hunters during the 2014-15 season if new rules take effect, particularly a planned increase to Read More>>

 

 

 

 


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