2023 OTLA Application

Program Details: 

The mission of the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy is to provide education, resources and networks needed to develop travel professionals for the state of Ohio. Throughout the course, participants network and learn alongside other tourism professionals within the class as well as guest speakers from around the state. 

This program is perfectly tailored for those new to the travel industry, as well as for those wanting to dig deeper. Discover challenges and opportunities unique to the travel industry, and be inspired to execute your value and vision in your career.

Connect to peers in the industry who are currently leading the way, as they introduce you to industry issues and opportunities in such a way that solutions can be envisioned. Gain a basic understanding of the roles and responsibilities of becoming a leader in your organization, community and the state. Build a network of industry colleagues. 

Class members have included those from attractions, museums, theme parks, DMOs, local government, state agencies, federal legislators, community development offices, restaurants, hotels and more. 

Tuition for 2023:

Ohio Travel Association Members: $825
Non-Members: $900

What You Can Expect:

The program consists of six in-person sessions held in central Ohio, January through June 2023. Click the link above for dates and details. 

  • An elite and prestigious program built around pertinent topics you need to know
  • Topics and education that you'll take with you into your career that you'll remember for years to come
  • Mentoring and an instant network of professionals who want you to succeed
  • Uncovering tourism inside and out
  • Networking with peers and decision-makers in the tourism industry

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Melinda Huntley at mhuntley@ohiotravel.org.


OTLA 2022

2022 Graduates

Abby Rhodebeck, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Alexa Alcaraz, Visit Grove City

Amanda Lloyd, Ashtabula Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bailey Simons, Hocking Hills Chamber of Commerce

Deann Bechtol, Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau

Elizabeth Dekker, Experience Worthington

Greg Billing, Visit Darke County

Hannah Henthorne, Experience Columbus

Jamie Wheeler, Visitors Bureau of Highland County

Jackee Pugh, Belmont County Tourism Council

Joe Vargo, Quest Digital

Kara McIntire, Visit Coshocton

Katie Thompson, Visit Dublin Ohio

Mackenzie Toll, Shores & Islands Ohio

Marisa Stephens, Destination Seneca County

Megan Myers, Hocking Hills Tourism Association

Nathan Wilson, Pickaway County Visitors Bureau

Rachel Wright, Marcus Thomas

Rose Arthur, Hocking Hills Tourism Association

Samantha Whitworth, Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

Sandra Hill, Hocking Hills Tourism Association

Trista Wright, Remarkable Lake County OH

Tyler Klopfer, Cedar Fair


Questions about OTLA? Contact Melinda Huntley at mhuntley@ohiotravel.org

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