New TourismOhio Director Named
Friends in Tourism,
I am pleased to announce Matthew MacLaren, Esq. as Director of TourismOhio.
Matt’s got a talent for economic development through hospitality and a proven track record for forming successful partnerships. Working in partnership with you, Matt can raise awareness for the Ohio. Find It Here. brand and continue toposition Ohio as a destination of choice.
Most recently, Matt served as Senior Vice President of Member Relations for the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) where he oversaw membership, business development, partner state association relations, and research.
Since joining the AHLA in 2014, Matt doubled partnership revenue and grew membership to an all-time high of more than 25,000 lodging properties, representing more than 3 million hotel rooms in the United States. He also initiated AHLA’s most critical research, including the 2016 AHLA Economic Impact of the U.S. Hotel Industry Study.
Matt is coming home to Ohio with a national perspective on the industry.
Prior to his work at the AHLA, Matt was President & CEO of the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association (OH&LA). Under his leadership, OH&LA reached record membership levels, as well.
An Ohio native, Matt is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he studied political science and business. He is also a graduate of Capital University Law School.
Matt MacLaren begins his work as the TourismOhio Director in January 2018. Please join me in making him feel welcome.
Director, Ohio Development Services Agency
"In hospitality, especially in Ohio, there are great people who are professional, passionate about their work, and the state.
I am excited to lead TourismOhio and increase recognition of Ohio. Find It Here. This experiential marketing campaign will help visitors connect with Ohio and visit more often.
Now is the time, to align with the Ohio tourism industry and work together to showcase the people and places that make a visit memorable."