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Touch-Screen Kiosks Coming to Downtown

Brent Warren Brent Warren Touch-Screen Kiosks Coming to Downtown

A new style of interactive kiosks that go by the name of “IKE” will be installed Downtown and in a handful of other neighborhoods. Developed by Columbus-based Orange Barrel Media, the new touch-screen design has been piloted in Denver and is now being rolled out in other cities. The Downtown Commission this morning heard about […]

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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. Shownotes for this episode Follow the Confluence Cast: Web | iTunes | Facebook | Twitter

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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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City Reacts to Loss of 2016 DNC to Philadelphia

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea City Reacts to Loss of 2016 DNC to Philadelphia

Thursday morning was something of a bummer for the politically minded of Central Ohio, particularly local Democrats, as the Democratic National Committee announced that the 2016 Democratic National Convention would be held in Philadelphia rather than Columbus. The city’s quest for the DNC had placed it among the final three contenders along with Philadelphia and […]

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Tourism Contributes $8.7 Billion to Columbus Economy

Walker Evans Walker Evans Tourism Contributes $8.7 Billion to Columbus Economy

Columbus doesn’t have mountains, oceans or internationally known landmarks, but that doesn’t mean that tourists are non-existent in our city. In fact, Experience Columbus released a report yesterday that highlights the fact that economic impact from visitor spending is up 11% in the past two years to a grand total of $8.7 billion, generated by […]

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