2019 Focus on Tourism Workshops

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Keep up on the changing dynamics of data and privacy expectations, the huge "frenemy" that is Amazon and how physical environments are becoming more digital. This workshop will also cover the wave of incoming chat bots, design trends and consumer behavior changes smart marketers are watching and adapting to.

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Jason Therrien, thunder::tech

As the president of thunder::tech, Jason oversees the growth and expansion of the integrated marketing agency. He works with the account services team to provide strategic planning and counsel for clients. Jason’s specialties include integrated marketing planning and strategy, digital marketing strategy, public relations and communications strategy. He founded thunder::tech’s destination category concentration after exposure to marketing attractions and a number of museums and then CVBs. Jason is involved in many community initiatives in the tourism space including two trips to Europe to study and exchange ideas with other CVBs and also works on the Ohio World Heritage PR Committee which is lobbying for UNESCO World Heritage designations for Ohio’s ancient earthworks.


Click here to watch Jason's video highlighting what he'll cover in the workshop!

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Special Event: Bryn Du Mansion Tour

Local businessman Henry D. Wright originally constructed a mansion on this site as an Italianate Villa type structure in 1865. It was constructed of sandstone quarried from the property. Jonas McCune became the owner within a year after construction and the property became known as McCune’s Villa. Jones soon hired architect Frank Packard of Columbus who orchestrated the mansion renovation and construction of the outbuildings in the first decade of the 20th Century. This renovation took nearly five years and transformed the mansion into its Georgian-Federal style design that we see today!

Enjoy a tour of this beautiful mansion nestled in the charming village of Granville. Hand crafted wood paneling detail the West and East wings and the formal dining room. It is also handicap accessible with spacious front and rear patios.


OTA Members: $65
Non-Members: $85
*All workshops are held from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm with lunch included

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Here's what some of our attendees had to say:

"The workshop and one-on-one with Peter were excellent. I got validation on things we are doing right, solid recommendations on digital spend and strategy, and good advice on things we need to improve on our website." - Drew Tanner, Marketing Director at Peoples Bank Theatre

"My staff and I were so glad we took time out of our busy schedules to attend this Focus on Tourism workshop. It was well worth the time out of the office and we were able to implement some of the recommendations the next day to improve our online marketing strategies." - Beth Carmichael, Executive Director at Trumbull County Tourism Bureau

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