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    RellekOTE
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    Awesome story!! Although I cringed when I read its Pride mistakes….

    #1082518
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Looks like we’ll be getting more of these kinds of articles next year…

    Press Release:
    Columbus to Host Midwest Travel Writers Association

    COLUMBUS – The Midwest Travel Writers Association (MTWA) has selected Columbus to host its 2016 Spring Meeting. The meeting, which will take place May 10-15, 2016, will draw approximately 50 attendees and prominent travel writers, representing publications including USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, National Geographic Traveler, Midwest Living and more.

    MTWA is the oldest association of professional travel writers in the United States. The organization is comprised of 90 members, who are invited to join and vetted annually, from 13 Midwestern states. Past host cities have received widespread publicity. Columbus last hosted MTWA in 1992.

    “Our board of directors was excited when Columbus bid to host MTWA’s 2016 Spring Meeting,” said Amy Eckert, MTWA president. “We’d been reading good things about Columbus’ rapid growth and its burgeoning food and fashion scene. The details of the bid really enforced those ideas. This seemed like a perfect opportunity for MTWA to explore a great American city, one that’s often overlooked and one that’s in our own backyard. I anticipate this Columbus meeting will give MTWA members lots of fodder for travel stories in publications circulated across the country and around the globe.”

    While in Columbus, MTWA attendees will be immersed in the city’s renowned arts, culture and nightlife; nationally-recognized culinary and fashion offerings; and diverse neighborhoods.

    “We look forward to welcoming MTWA to Columbus,” said Brian Ross, Experience Columbus president and CEO. “Hosting this meeting gives us a great opportunity to showcase our city to these top travel and food writers. They will get to experience first-hand Columbus’ unique style and smart and open community.”

    The booking represents the latest under Experience Columbus’ “Make it Columbus” initiative designed to encourage locals with connections to national associations to bring their groups to Columbus. More information on the initiative and other groups that have booked through it can be found at makeitcolumbus.com.

    #1082558

    Leishizzle
    Participant

    I’m brand new to the Midwest and to Columbus, having just moved here from the SF Bay area in order to get my son treatment at the children’s hospital for a rare disease. So- yes, while I didn’t exactly move for reasons like weather or scenery (but in reality, who really does?), I also didn’t come here thinking it was going to be some big bummer. It’s a city, it will be just fine, and I was looking forward to a place that is not so hyped by the tourism industry (I’ve grown up and lived in tourist attraction cities my whole life and it is another kind of hell).
    But what I’ve found is that when folks here learn that I’m from California, they immediately get this Eeyore-like tone in their voice as if they are apologizing for the place and say, “well why did you move HERE?”
    Have some pride and stop apologizing for your city! I tell people I think it’s lovely and fun and seems to have cool things going on. But locals themselves seem to be offering up insult to their own city and waiting for me to say something deprecating about it.

    It’s true – people on the coasts don’t have much curiosity about states in the middle. The world comes to the ports and it’s very easy to feel like the center of the universe in those places. But let that be to your financial and real estate benefit. As soon as the Brooklynites and the San Franciscans start moving in, things will suck.

    #1082599
    spfld_expat
    spfld_expat
    Participant

    But what I’ve found is that when folks here learn that I’m from California, they immediately get this Eeyore-like tone in their voice as if they are apologizing for the place and say, “well why did you move HERE?”<br>
    Have some pride and stop apologizing for your city! I tell people I think it’s lovely and fun and seems to have cool things going on. But locals themselves seem to be offering up insult to their own city and waiting for me to say something deprecating about it.

    Hey, I do that!

    In my experience, Columbus is a city with a lot of people from other places, but for the most part the new residents tend to move here for jobs from struggling small towns (like my hometown of Springfield) or regional big cities like Cleveland, Cincinnati, or Pittsburgh. The people I know who have lived in big cities are mostly folks who are from this region originally who moved to New York or wherever for a few years, washed out, and then returned.

    Like it or not, someone orginally from a big city moving to Columbus is still a rare beast, so when I meet someone like that, I’m like “Neat! Um, so why did you move here?”

    If InnerCore was still here, he’d tell you Columbus sucks because people move here for jobs, not because people simply want to live in Columbus. But I think since so many people moved here for economic reasons, it kind of blows our collective minds to think of someone moving to Columbus from some coastal place with presumably even better job prospects.-

    Just my 2 cents!

    #1082600

    OneBagTravel
    Participant

    The only time I apologize for Columbus is when it’s 90+ degrees out with our patented 100% humidity. No human should live this way :(

    #1082612
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    The only time I apologize for Columbus is when it’s 90+ degrees out with our patented 100% humidity. No human should live this way :(

    I have family that lives in central Alabama. Their 100+ degree 150% humidity days make our summers look tame. ;)

    #1082613

    OneBagTravel
    Participant

    I have family that lives in central Alabama. Their 100+ degree 150% humidity days make our summers look tame. ;)

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