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Ohio Tourism Day

  Ohio Tourism Day

Experience Ohio’s diverse destinations, attractions and events! This FREE event for the whole family will introduce you to exciting destinations from the Hocking Hills to the shores of Lake Erie – and everything in between – all on the Statehouse lawn! Interact with the more than 80 vendors representing the diverse destinations and attractions Ohio […]

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New 22-Story Convention Center Hotel Proposed Downtown

Walker Evans Walker Evans New 22-Story Convention Center Hotel Proposed Downtown

It’s no secret that the leadership at the Greater Columbus Convention Center have been wanting more hotel rooms for the past decade. An official recommendation for a 1,000-room hotel was proposed in 2015, just three years after the completion of the 532-room Hilton across High Street. Last May, Experience Columbus identified multiple sites around the Convention […]

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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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOn 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 […]

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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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