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LEGOLAND Officially Breaks Ground at Easton with a 90,000 Lego Brick Drop

Kylie Harwell-Sturgill Kylie Harwell-Sturgill LEGOLAND Officially Breaks Ground at Easton with a 90,000 Lego Brick Drop

It was a chilly afternoon at Easton, but that didn’t stop dozens of children from excitedly digging into over 90,000 lego bricks and visiting with a larger-than-life Lego Builder character. The bricks were ceremoniously dropped to commemorate the groundbreaking of the LEGOLAND Discovery Center before being carefully scooped up by the bag by the excited […]

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Experience Columbus Identifies Sites for Hotel Expansion by Convention Center

Brent Warren Brent Warren Experience Columbus Identifies Sites for Hotel Expansion by Convention Center

Experience Columbus has been making the case for years that a new 1,000-room hotel is needed in order for the city to attract bigger conventions. Even as new, smaller hotels have been proposed and built downtown, the city’s tourism officials have insisted that a large, full-service hotel adjacent to the Greater Columbus Convention Center would […]

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The Confluence Cast: Columbus Highest in Visitor Satisfaction

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Columbus Highest in Visitor Satisfaction

On the occasion of Columbus being named the highest in visitor satisfaction in the midwest by JD Power and Associates, I moderated a panel at the Columbus Metropolitan Club to discuss the study, its impact, and how Columbus can capitalize on it. http://theconfluencecast.com/episodes/25_visitor.mp3 Shownotes for this episode Follow the Confluence Cast: Web | iTunes | Facebook | Twitter

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Study: Columbus is #1 Visitor Destination in Midwest

Walker Evans Walker Evans Study: Columbus is #1 Visitor Destination in Midwest

A new study from J.D. Power ranked the Top 50 U.S. cities based on customer experience during business and leisure trips, and found that Columbus was the top-scored city in the Midwest Region. “This is a great example of how cities that are able to exceed travelers’ expectations can leave a positive impression that has […]

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Tourism Generates Record-Setting $40 Million in Bed Tax Revenue

Walker Evans Walker Evans Tourism Generates Record-Setting $40 Million in Bed Tax Revenue

The Columbus tourism industry had a very good year in 2015. In fact, it was pretty much the best year ever. Leaders at Experience Columbus announced yesterday afternoon that the organization tallied up a grand total of $40 million in hotel bed tax collections for the year. The increase was due to increases in hotel occupancy, […]

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Columbus Hotel Occupancy Rates Rise, New 1000-Room Hotel Recommended

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Hotel Occupancy Rates Rise, New 1000-Room Hotel Recommended

Columbus isn’t typically regarded as a tourist destination, but that isn’t stopping our visitor numbers from growing steadily. Experience Columbus released a new report today that says that visitor volume grew by 200,000 people between 2013 and 2014 to a total of 37.9 million last year. Additionally, between mid-year 2014 and 2015, hotel occupancy rates […]

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Proposal for 12-Story Hotel Downtown Met with Concerns from Commission

Brent Warren Brent Warren Proposal for 12-Story Hotel Downtown Met with Concerns from Commission

A proposal to build a 12-story, 170-room Hilton Garden Hotel at 77 East Nationwide Boulevard has run into resistance from the Downtown Commission. Indus Hotels brought plans to the commission’s May 26th meeting, having made changes to the design they first presented in January. The latest proposal calls for reconstructing the brick facade of the existing […]

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