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Cooperative Advertising. Ohio. Find It Here.

We are excited to soon release the 2020 Ohio. Find It Here. Co-Op Advertising Program! Details about the 2020 program will be available October 1 via webinar (click here to register) and online at https://ohio.org/industry/advertising-co-ops/. Our 2020 co-op builds on the strong success of our 2019 program. Through August 2019, the co-op has delivered 89 million impressions... Read more »

Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Double Your Advertising Budget

The Ohio. Find It Here. Co-Op Advertising Program provides you the opportunity to receive free advertising dollars – up to $25,000 – and is available to any Ohio organization that contributes to a healthy tourism economy – from CVBs to lodging, restaurants, attractions, festivals, events and more. We’ve seen an increase in participants over the... Read more »

Verify Your Destination & Event Listings

Now is the time to promote your destinations and events on Ohio.org and in the Ohio. Find It Here. 2020 publications. We’ve listened to your feedback and are performing the listing verification process for the 2020 Ohio Travel Guide and 2020 Spring/Summer Ohio Calendar of Events at the same time. We need your help to... Read more »

U.S. Travel Association Hosts “Travel Works” Event in Columbus

On August 29, the U.S. Travel Association hosted a “Travel Works” for Ohio road show event at Columbus State Community College. Columbus was one of the first two cities to host the road show event because of its growing success with tourism. Key speakers included President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association Roger Dow,... Read more »

Planning for County-Level Economic Impact Reports

Every two years TourismOhio works with Tourism Economics to provide Ohio counties the opportunity to purchase economic impact reports. TourismOhio staff will contact convention and visitors bureaus between January – March 2020 to take an inventory of those interested in purchasing reports reflecting calendar year 2019 data and reports will be delivered at the beginning... Read more »

Explore Licking County Presents Painting to Governor DeWine

In July, Explore Licking County presented Governor DeWine a painting of the Ohio Statehouse created at Ohio Tourism Day.

Industry Opportunities with Ohio. Find It Here.

Last week the TourismOhio Advisory Board met at the beautiful Hancock Hotel in downtown Findlay. We were pleased to share news on the success of our spring and summer marketing campaign as well as hear positive reports from board members during the “For the Good of Ohio” portion of the meeting about their July and… Read more »

Promote Your Destinations and Events in Our Publications

Now is the time to promote your destinations and events on Ohio.org and in our 2020 publications. We’ve listened to your feedback and will be performing the listing verification process for the 2020 Ohio Travel Guide and 2020 Spring/Summer Ohio Calendar of Events at the same time. We need your help to provide travelers with… Read more »

Be Part of the 2020 Co-Op!

Mark your calendar for our October webinar or in-person presentation dates to learn how you can receive free advertising dollars to grow your business. Did you know that the state will match your investment in the Co-Op Advertising Program dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000? Co-Op Presentation Dates Join us online or in-person to learn more about… Read more »

Fall/Winter Calendars of Events are Here!

The 2019-20 Fall/Winter Calendars of Events have arrived and are available to order in bulk. To place your free bulk order, please click here. Individual orders are available to the general public and can be placed at http://ohio.org/order-guide/.        

Ohio. Find It Here. at the Ohio State Fair

Another terrific Ohio State Fair is in the books! At this year’s fair, the Ohio Development Services Agency/TourismOhio booth celebrated the 50th anniversary of Ohioan Neil Armstrong landing on the moon as well as the other ways that Ohio continues to play an essential role in space exploration. Our To the Moon and Back campaign,… Read more »

Share BuckeyeLine

BuckeyeLine is the primary way in which we communicate about important things happening at Ohio. Find It Here. and within Ohio’s tourism industry. Please share this link https://ohio.org/industry/buckeyeline/ with your colleagues in the industry and encourage them to sign up.

More Than Ever, Ohio. Find It Here.

The Ohio. Find It Here. brand was created for the purpose of attracting visitors to Ohio and to be used by tourism partners and state agencies to showcase Ohio as a great place to visit, live, work and play. The Ohio State Fair, which opens today and runs through August 4, has once again incorporated… Read more »

Take the Walk.Bike.Ohio Survey

The Ohio Department of Transportation is launching its first-ever pedestrian and bicycle policy plan – Walk.Bike.Ohio – to address growing interest in active transportation among Ohioans. This plan will guide active transportation policies and program investments in the state for years to come. Part of the plan development process includes a short public survey to… Read more »

Be Part of the 2020 Co-Op!

Mark your calendar for our October webinar or in-person presentation dates to learn how you can receive free advertising dollars to grow your business. Did you know that the state will match your investment in the Co-Op Advertising Program dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000? Co-Op Presentation Dates Join us online or in-person to learn more about… Read more »

August TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

The next meeting of the TourismOhio Advisory Board will be held Thursday, August 15 at the Hancock Hotel located at 631 S. Main Street, Findlay, OH 45840. All are welcome at this open meeting. Please contact Juliana.Khusid@development.ohio.gov with any questions.

Find Us at the Ohio State Fair!

The 2019 Ohio State Fair opens today and runs through August 4! The Ohio Development Services Agency/TourismOhio booth, located in the Bricker Marketplace, will highlight the 50th anniversary of Ohioan Neil Armstrong landing on the moon as well as the other ways that Ohio continues to play an essential role in space exploration. TourismOhio’s To… Read more »

Drive to the Moon and Back in Ohio

We’re very excited to have just launched Ohio.org/Lunar-Landing, a page celebrating our To the Moon and Back campaign which includes everything from can’t-miss special events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Ohioan Neil Armstrong landing on the moon to lunar-inspired food and beverage to profiles on Ohio astronauts. Here’s a peek at what you’ll find: To... Read more »

Thanks for Making it an Amazing Ohio Tourism Day!

Thanks to all who participated in this year’s Ohio Tourism Day at the Statehouse on May 8. The event was a great success and we were proud to showcase Ohio’s growing tourism industry and encourage more visitors to plan their next Ohio adventure. 

Check Out the Vibrant Cities Road Trip

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Find Us at the Ohio State Fair!

The 2019 Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 – August 4 and the Ohio Development Services Agency/TourismOhio booth, located in the Bricker Marketplace, will highlight the 50th anniversary of Ohioan Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon as well as the other ways that Ohio continues to play an essential role in space exploration. TourismOhio’s… Read more »

Fall/Winter Calendar of Events Verification/Additions Due April 26

Fall/Winter Calendar of Events Verification/Additions Due April 26 It’s that time of year again to verify your event listings in the Ohio.org database to make them correct and eligible for inclusion in the 2019/20 Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events (printed, app. and online). Just like your listing(s) on Ohio.org, there is no cost to have… Read more »

May 8 TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

The next meeting of the TourismOhio Advisory Board will be held on Wednesday, May 8, from 8:30 – 10:30 am at the Riffe Center (77 S. High Street – 31st Floor Rooms West B+C, Columbus, OH 43215). All are welcome at this open meeting where TourismOhio updates the advisory board on the state’s tourism industry…. Read more »

Join Us for Ohio Tourism Day!

Celebrate Ohio Tourism Day on May 8 by planning your Ohio vacation at www.Ohio.org or by visiting the Statehouse lawn where more than 100 exhibitors will showcase their attractions, retail, restaurants, hotels, and more. The day will also include appearances from special guests, food trucks, games, giveaways, costumed characters, and live entertainment! For more details,… Read more »

Ten Perfect Ohio Road Trips for Your Summer Getaway

After months of careful planning and valued input from Ohio’s tourism industry, we are excited to launch our 2019 campaign focused on Ohio Road Trips! Building on the success of our 2018 campaign focused on Ohio Adventure Trails, the Ohio Road Trips campaign encourages visitors to extend their travel time in Ohio, turning day trips… Read more »

Plan Your Vacation During Ohio Tourism Day on May 8!

Celebrate Ohio Tourism Day on May 8 by planning your Ohio vacation at www.Ohio.org or by visiting the Statehouse lawn where more than 90 exhibitors will be showcasing their attractions, retail, restaurants, hotels, and more. Ohio Tourism Day is a celebration of Ohio’s $44 billion tourism industry and a call to action for consumers to visit the Statehouse lawn… Read more »

Important Info About Ohio Tourism Day

TourismOhio will host Ohio Tourism Day on Wednesday, May 8 at the Ohio Statehouse, in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week. The day celebrates Ohio’s $44 billion tourism industry and consumers are encouraged to plan their next Ohio vacation at the event. Your organization is invited to take part in this exciting day by… Read more »

2019 Ohio Tourism Day Food Truck Vendor Application

Wednesday, May 8, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Ohio Statehouse – West Plaza Tourism Day is an event dedicated to highlighting the economic impact of tourism in our state and provides consumers the opportunity to plan their Ohio getaways by visiting with dozens of the state’s distinctive attractions and industry groups. Tourism Day will include… Read more »

Ohio Tourism Day is May 8!

Stay tuned for information in the February BuckeyeLine on how to apply for a booth!

Join Us for Our 2019 Ohio Travel Guide Launch Event

The 2019 Ohio Travel Guides are here and TourismOhio is celebrating with a launch event on Tuesday, January 29, in downtown Columbus. Stop by to pick up your official guide, meet our team, enjoy TourismOhio’s 360 Virtual Reality experience and spin our prize wheel. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Riffe Center, Third… Read more »

Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Double Your Advertising Budget!

If you haven’t already signed up for TourismOhio’s 2019 Co-Op Advertising Program and would still like to, the opportunities described below are still available through January 31, 2019. Thank you to the 82 partners who have signed up for the 2019 program and collectively requested $940,000! The Co-Op Advertising program is an excellent way to… Read more »

February 7 TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

The next meeting of the TourismOhio Advisory Board will be held on Thursday, February 7, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Smart Columbus Experience Center (170 S. Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215). All are welcome at this open meeting where TourismOhio updates the advisory board on the state’s tourism industry.

Reminder: 2019 Ohio Road Trips Campaign

Last month we shared plans regarding our 2019 Ohio. Find It Here. campaign which will focus on Ohio Road Trips and will launch this spring. A reminder that we ask for your assistance as we are in the process of creating road trips to showcase Ohio’s distinctive destinations and drive more visits to our state. If… Read more »

Let’s Partner To Promote Ohio

Happy New Year! With the new year comes new opportunities. This includes the opportunity to promote Ohio by partnering with TourismOhio in our 2019 Co-Op Advertising Program. Thank you to the 80 partners who have signed up for the 2019 program and collectively requested $940,000! The Co-Op Advertising Program is an excellent way to help… Read more »

2019 Ohio Travel Guides Are On The Way!

The 2019 Ohio Travel Guide is here, and we are excited to share it with you, our tourism industry partners. Thank you for helping us make this publication a success by entering listings and sending us images. We are so grateful for your partnership. Stay tuned for details regarding a Travel Guide Release event later… Read more »

Experience the fun of Ohio Adventure Trails!

TourismOhio is excited to launch a new interactive map that features a collection of Ohio Adventure Trails via www.Ohio.org. The map includes 36 trails from partners who provided their content for the site launch. Trail categories include coffee, spirits, food, shopping, sightseeing, and history. The site provides visitors one place to learn more about the… Read more »

Ohio Tourism Day 2018 Recap

Thank you to all who participated in Ohio Tourism Day on May 9! Whether you helped promote the day-long statewide celebration of Ohio’s $44 billion tourism industry by joining us at the Statehouse or by using social media to encourage visitors to plan their Ohio adventure, we reached thousands of consumers with the Ohio. Find It… Read more »

Indianapolis media mission a success

In support of TourismOhio’s marketing expansion into Indianapolis, Public Relations Manager Tamara Brown led an earned media mission to the city on May 16. Thank you to the Ohio tourism industry professionals who joined us in sharing Ohio’s stories: Elizabeth Connor, Great Miami Riverway; Samantha Fangman, Butler County CVB; and Megumi Robinson, Experience Columbus. Together… Read more »

Home & Away Magazine changing title, distribution schedule

The May/June 2018 issue of the Ohio edition of Home & Away will be the last magazine published by the Ohio Auto Club under that title. As you’re looking through this month’s issue of, you will find a “Retro Road Trip” story by Khristi Zimmeth that resulted from a Fam trip conducted through TourismOhio last… Read more »

State economic impact numbers released

Ohio’s 2017 economic impact numbers have just been released! A record 219 million visits now make tourism a $44 billion industry in our state. The industry supports 428,000 jobs across Ohio, which is a lot in a state with about 11 million people. These are jobs in retail, restaurants, lodging, attractions, & more. Tourism in… Read more »

Happy Ohio Tourism Day!

Today, May 9, is Ohio Tourism Day! It’s a great day for the entire Ohio tourism industry to celebrate our industry’s continued growth and the perfect opportunity to encourage consumers to plan their next Ohio adventure. Make sure to take advantage of this momentum by engaging with Ohio. Find It Here. on social media. We just surpassed over… Read more »

Join us in encouraging consumers to plan their Ohio trips on May 9

On Black Friday consumers shop. On Amazon Day consumers order on Amazon. And, on Ohio Tourism Day we want consumers to plan their Ohio trips!  With only three weeks to go we have begun our consumer-focused messaging that Ohio Tourism Day, May 9, is a great day to plan an Ohio trip. Ohio has exciting year-round… Read more »

TourismOhio Funding Increased by $1.5 million

2018 is the year of increased visibility for the Ohio. Find It Here. brand and we are happy to share that TourismOhio is increasing our ad buy, allowing us to expand to more out-of-state markets including EVERY state bordering us! We are also partnering with the Ohio Department of Transportation to add more Ohio. Find… Read more »

Share Your Deals During National Travel and Tourism Week

In celebration of Ohio Tourism Day on May 9 and National Travel and Tourism Week, TourismOhio is offering our industry partners an opportunity to jump-start spring travel sales and encourage visitors to plan their Ohio getaways. We invite all Ohio tourism industry members to create special offers on lodging, attraction tickets, meals, etc. to be… Read more »

Send TourismOhio Your Photos!

TourismOhio would like to use your images to feature your destination or attraction on Ohio.org, on the Ohio. Find It Here. social media platforms, in advertisements and in the Ohio Travel Publications. To submit, please email Meg Schultz at meg.schultz@development.ohio.gov with the images and photo release attached along with a brief description. Please note that… Read more »

Join Ohio Open Doors: A Statewide Event Promoting Heritage Sites Across the State, September 7-16, 2018

Help Ohioans discover your community’s amazing heritage. Become a host site for Ohio Open Doors–a ten-day event when Ohio historic buildings and landmarks open their doors for special tours and events. Participating in Ohio Open Doors will help you: Stimulate tourists’ interest in landmarks and architecture in your community Create a time for members of… Read more »

Ohio. Find It Here. Commercial

Get ready to tune in for the return of the Ohio. Find It Here. television commercial airing in cycles from March 26 through mid-October for a total of 13 weeks — which is longer than in 2017.  The airing of the spot coincides with spring and the time when consumers begin to plan their summer getaways!   The commercial will air in Ohio,… Read more »

Plan your Ohio trip during Ohio Tourism Day on May 9

Celebrate Ohio Tourism Day on May 9 by planning your Ohio trip at www.Ohio.org or by visiting the Statehouse lawn where over 80 exhibitors will be showcasing their Ohio attractions, retail, restaurants, hotels, and more.   Ohio Tourism Day is a celebration of Ohio’s $43 billion tourism industry and a call to action for consumers to visit the Statehouse lawn and www.Ohio.org to make travel plans… Read more »

TourismOhio Seeks Partner Stories, Participation for Regional Missions

TourismOhio will be executing a series of regional desk-side media missions in Indianapolis, Detroit, and Pittsburgh this spring and summer to share the state’s tourism experiences with editors, reporters and more. As part of the PR effort, we are seeking your input on story ideas of regional interest including new openings or exhibits in 2018; special events… Read more »

Industry Partners Sought for PR Network

This year TourismOhio is creating a network of industry public relations/communications professionals to coordinate key messages and resources (economic impact data, news releases and images) for earned media opportunities throughout the state. Interested PR professionals and those serving as spokespersons for tourism organizations may contact Tamara Brown at tamara.brown@development.ohio.gov. If you participate in regular interview opportunities with media outlets… Read more »

Fall/Winter Calendar of Events Deadline

Let TourismOhio help you spread the word about your fall and winter events! The deadline to submit your events for potential inclusion in the Fall/Winter Calendar publication is April 18. The calendar includes events occurring between September 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019. If you have already submitted your events, you may now log in to the listings database and verify… Read more »

May 9 Ohio Tourism Day Food Truck Application

Tourism Day is dedicated to highlighting the economic impact of tourism in our state and provides consumers the opportunity to plan their Ohio getaways by visiting with dozens of the state’s distinctive attractions and industry groups. Tourism Day will include interactive fun for the whole family including special guests, giveaways and more. Several hundred attendees… Read more »

Help Us Spread the Word about BuckeyeLine

BuckeyeLine is the primary way we communicate with Ohio’s tourism industry each month. Do you know a colleague in the industry who isn’t a BuckeyeLine subscriber? Please forward them this link to sign up: https://www.ohio.org/industry/updates/subscribe

NYC Media Mission

We have just returned from the NYC Media Mission where we were accompanied by Destination Cleveland, Experience Columbus, Cincinnati USA, the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau and Hocking Hills Tourism Association. While there we facilitated 14 meetings which included Travel + Leisure, Family Fun, Food Network, CNN.com, and more. We look forward to continuing to… Read more »

TourismOhio 2017 Year In Review

Click here to download the 2017 Year in Review (PDF) We’re proud of the work we’ve accomplished over the past year and attribute our success to the strong support and partnership of our industry leaders and the guidance provided by the TourismOhio Advisory Board.

Be a Part of Ohio Tourism Day on May 9!

Due to the terrific success of last year’s Ohio Tourism Day, we’re pleased to announce that we’re going to host it again this year on Wednesday, May 9 in downtown Columbus! Ohio Tourism Day, held during National Travel and Tourism Week, is a celebratory consumer event to drive awareness of Ohio. Find It Here. which… Read more »

Increased Visibility for Ohio. Find It Here.

At TourismOhio we will increase visibility of Ohio. Find It Here. in 2018 by expanding into Indianapolis, adding more time on TV, and working with our partners to promote their experiences with #OhioFindItHere.  In 2016 we launched the brand, in 2017 we established the brand, and this year we’re growing the brand. At the February 8… Read more »

5 Ways TourismOhio Can Help You Grow

We’ve created a handy guide about the services we offer you, Ohio’s tourism industry. Click here to view the complete guide and be sure keep us updated about your destination and events, we’re always looking for fresh content to promote on social media!

February TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

The next meeting of the TourismOhio Advisory Board will be held on Thursday, February 8. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details. All are welcome at this open meeting where TourismOhio updates the advisory board on the state’s tourism industry.

TourismOhio Takes Ohio. Find It Here. Message to New York!

TourismOhio will head to New York City February 6-8, 2018, to share Ohio tourism stories with national media outlets and influencers. In the past, appointments have included such media as: Travel + Leisure, Budget Travel, Food Network Magazine, Shermans Travel, Family Circle, Conde Nast Traveler, Good Housekeeping, Food & Wine and more. We will target… Read more »

AAA Great Vacations Travel EXPO

Come visit TourismOhio’s booth (# 309/311) at the AAA Great Vacations Travel EXPO which opens at noon on Friday, January 19 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Booth visitors will have the opportunity to try our TourismOhio 360 Virtual Reality experience as well as pick up the new 2018 Ohio Travel Guide. EXPO Hours Friday,… Read more »

2018 Ohio Travel Publications

Thank you for your publication orders! We look forward to providing your organization with free materials to hand out to your visitors. The 2018 Ohio Travel Guides are set to be distributed by mid-January. At that time, the digital flip book and online app will also be available. The 2018 Spring/Summer Calendar of Events will… Read more »

Message from New TourismOhio Director, Matt MacLaren

Happy New Year! In 2018 you will see the talented team at TourismOhio increase awareness of the Ohio. Find It Here. brand. The experiential marketing behind this brand showcases the people and places that make our state a special place to visit. There are five key ways you can partner with us to increase your… Read more »

February TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

The next meeting of the TourismOhio Advisory Board will be held on Thursday, February 8. Mark your calendar and watch for details in the next BuckeyeLine. All are welcome at this open meeting where TourismOhio updates the advisory board on the state’s tourism industry.

5 Ways TourismOhio Can Help You Grow

We’ve created a handy guide about the services we offer you, Ohio’s tourism industry. Click here to view the complete guide and be sure keep us updated about your destination and events, we’re always looking for fresh content to promote on social media!

Don’t Forget to Post Your Destination and Events on Ohio.org

TourismOhio’s online database is at the core of our effort to provide relevant information on all of the great things to see and do in Ohio. In 2016, our “Festivals and Events” page received an average of over 70 thousand pageviews each month. Similarly, your submitted Events and Destinations listed on Ohio.org represent nearly one-third of… Read more »

Confirm Your Bulk Order for the 2018 Ohio Travel Guide by December 18

With 2017 coming to an end, we would like to thank you for all that you have done to support and contribute to our travel publications this year. We are hard at work putting the final touches on the 2018 Ohio Travel Guide and are excited for you to see the final product. It has… Read more »

National Caliber Stories Needed for NYC Media Mission

TourismOhio is planning to be in New York City February 6-8, 2018 for desk-side meetings with national media to pitch potential editorial opportunities. We are seeking Ohio tourism experiences that would appeal to a national media audience such as: stories/experiences that are timely based on a major anniversary or time in history; prominent, new openings… Read more »

Hurry, the Deadline is This Friday, December 15!

Have you been wishing for video content to promote your destination? How about a way to tell your story and drive qualified traffic to your website to learn more? These exciting offerings and more are additions to the 2018 Co-Op Program! Don’t miss your opportunity to double your advertising budget. As with all co-op offerings,… Read more »

Don’t Miss Out on Exciting New Co-Op Advertising Opportunities!

Have you been wishing for video content to promote your destination? How about a way to tell your story and drive qualified traffic to your website to learn more? These exciting offerings and more are additions to the 2018 Co-Op Program. For instance, for $1,400 you can receive a final, edited 90-second video to use… Read more »

Join TourismOhio in Promoting #HolidaysInOhio!

Between October and December, Ohio sees an average of 20 million trips by those visiting friends and relatives in our state. To help Ohioans and visitors alike plan opportunities to spend time together, we created a Holidays In Ohio web page last year. During its run from around November 1 – December 31, the site… Read more »

AD-RACK Named Brochure Distribution Partner

We’re aware that you’re planning your budgets for 2018 and are pleased to announce that AD-RACK was recently selected through a competitive bidding process as our brochure distribution partner. Brochure distribution is an efficient and effective way to promote your destination or attraction.  Ohio’s TICs are open 7 days a week/24 hours a day/365 days… Read more »

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… Read more »

November TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting Recap

Yesterday the TourismOhio Advisory Board convened for its final meeting of the year at Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus. In addition to naming the new TourismOhio director, board members were provided an overview of TourismOhio’s 2017 marketing and public relations activities as well as plans for 2018. The next TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting will be… Read more »

November TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

The next meeting of the TourismOhio Advisory Board will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Thursday, November 16, at Franklin Park Conservatory in the Education Pavilion on the Community Garden Campus (1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203). All are welcome at this open meeting where TourismOhio updates the advisory board on the… Read more »

Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association’s Annual Conference and Awards Gala

Hotel operators, innkeepers, owners, management companies, companies doing business in the hospitality industry, and partners in the travel economy will gather at the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association’s Annual Conference and Awards Gala, “The Story of Us,” November 20-21 in Columbus. This year’s event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and the Greater… Read more »

Creative Services for Marketing Ohio

TourismOhio is looking for two vendors to produce creative assets for marketing Ohio. With the Ohio. Find It Here. brand established, the next challenge is to extend it to the traveling public in Ohio and beyond our borders. The two requests for proposals (RFPs) which open this week are for the primary creative agency and… Read more »

Holidays In Ohio to Launch in November!

We are busy updating the Holidays In Ohio landing page at Ohio.org. Now in its second year, Holidays In Ohio helps hosts and visitors find places to go and things to do with family and friends during the season. These experiences can enhance the family bond and show visitors more of what Ohio has to… Read more »

2018 Co-Op Advertising Selection Period is Open!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to receive matching funds to create custom video content or photography for your destination! These as well as storytelling development & distribution are exciting additions to the 2018 Co-Op Program. As with all co-op offerings, TourismOhio will match your investment dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000 so be sure to check… Read more »

Fallidays Update

TourismOhio continues to inspire travelers to celebrate their “Fallidays” in Ohio — to experience the tastes, sights and sounds of autumn with those who mean the most to them. We have generated nearly 9,000 page views at Ohio.org/Fallidays. Visitors spending an average of 3:33 per session on the page. Through our earned media efforts across… Read more »

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Factory tours are making a comeback, as people want to buy locally-made products and they want to see how they’re made. The Development Services Agency and TourismOhio were proud to once again participate in Manufacturing Day on October 6. Celebrated annually across the nation, Manufacturing Day recognizes modern manufacturing. Our staff toured Velvet Ice Cream in… Read more »

Achieve Your Special Event Zero Waste Goals

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a Zero Waste Special Event Planning Guide to provide event planners, venues, suppliers/vendors, exhibitors and the hospitality sector with ideas of sustainable practices and potential funding to help make their events and services greener. You can view the guide here. The Ohio EPA can also connect you… Read more »

Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association’s Annual Conference and Awards Gala

Hotel operators, innkeepers, owners, management companies, companies doing business in the hospitality industry, and partners in the travel economy will gather at the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association’s Annual Conference and Awards Gala, “The Story of Us,” November 20-21 in Columbus. This year’s event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and the Greater… Read more »

November TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

The next meeting of the TourismOhio Advisory Board will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Thursday, November 16. Mark your calendar and watch for details in the next BuckeyeLine. All are welcome at this open meeting where TourismOhio updates the advisory board on the state’s tourism industry. 

Register for the 2017 Ohio Conference on Travel

The Ohio Travel Association annual conference will be held October 31 through November 2 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel and Suites. During this three-day event, meet with Ohio attendees representing attractions, hotels, transportation, museums, CVBs, ferries, wineries, breweries and more. The Ohio Travel Association brings you a diverse array of speakers and industry experts from across the… Read more »

Help Us Update Holidays In Ohio

Looking beyond Fallidays, we are beginning work to update the Holidays In Ohio promotion we launched last year. Holidays In Ohio helps Ohio hosts find places to go and things to do with family and friends during the season. These experiences can enhance the family bond and show visitors more of what Ohio has to… Read more »

Find Your Fallidays in Ohio!

This year TourismOhio will help Ohioans and visitors alike find the magic of fall at Ohio.org/Fallidays. We all know fall is a special time of year in Ohio. As the weather chills, trees become a blaze of red, orange and yellow, and the tastes and aromas of fall return. It’s the perfect time to encourage… Read more »

2018 Travel Guide/Calendar of Events Verification Combined

It’s that time of year again to verify your listings in the Ohio.org database! Watch your email for instructions. This year, we will be performing the verification process for attractions AND spring/summer events at the same time. Please help us provide travelers with the most up-to-date information possible by reviewing your listings and updating any… Read more »

Register Now for the 2018 Co-Op Presentation!

TourismOhio’s 2018 Co-Op Advertising Program is being presented on Tuesday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 27. Click here to register and learn more about the presentations. Mark your calendar to hear about the exciting new advertising opportunities being offered in the 2018 Co-Op Program which now includes video production and distribution opportunities!

Register for the 2017 Ohio Conference on Travel

The Ohio Travel Association annual conference will be held October 31 through November 2 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel and Suites. During this three-day event, meet with Ohio attendees representing attractions, hotels, transportation, museums, CVBs, ferries, wineries, breweries and more. The Ohio Travel Association brings you a diverse array of speakers and industry experts from… Read more »

2018 Co-Op Information is Here!

Mark your calendar to hear about the exciting new advertising opportunities being offered in the 2018 TourismOhio Co-Op Advertising Program! NEW! Storytelling Development and Distribution A turn-key opportunity for content development and distribution through multiple native advertising and social platforms, along with daily optimization to guarantee results! NEW! Custom Photography for your Destination Art direction… Read more »

NEW! Ohio. Find It Here. Commercial

Ohio. Find It Here. has a new commercial that will be on air starting Monday! This is the first time we will have paid TV in the Fall season. Given Ohio’s relevance as a year-round travel destination, Fall paid advertising support has been part of the media plan the past two years, but this marks… Read more »

August TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

Yesterday the TourismOhio Advisory Board convened for a meeting at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Topics discussed included TourismOhio’s public relations/marketing plans and a recap of TourismOhio’s presence at the 2017 Ohio State Fair. Board members also got a sneak preview of the new Ohio. Find It Here. fall 2017 commercial which hits the television airwaves… Read more »

TourismOhio at the Ohio State Fair

Development Services Agency/TourismOhio had a booth in the Bricker Marketplace which celebrated innovation and the use of cool, new technologies, as well as Ohio’s distinctive tourist destinations and attractions. Click here to see a video about Ohio. Find It Here. at this year’s fair! 

Fall/Winter Calendar of Events Now Available to Order

The 2017 Fall/Winter Calendars are now available online and in print. To view the digital flip book, please click here. Bulk quantities of the calendars are available to tourism-oriented organizations. Place your order online by completing a bulk publication request. To ensure that TourismOhio has ample inventory to fulfill requests, please order no more than… Read more »

Message from Development Services Agency Director David Goodman

  I want to take this opportunity to thank Mary Cusick for the good work that she did as the leader of TourismOhio over the last few years.  When I joined the agency, the legislature had provided tourism with a reliable funding method.  The newly-appointed TourismOhio Advisory Board provided strategic input from various industry sectors. … Read more »

Achieve Your Special Event Zero Waste Goals

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a Zero Waste Special Event Planning Guide to provide event planners, venues, suppliers/vendors, exhibitors and the hospitality sector with ideas of sustainable practices and potential funding to help make their events and services greener. You can view the guide here. The Ohio EPA can also connect you… Read more »

Register for the 2017 Ohio Conference on Travel

The Ohio Travel Association annual conference will be held October 31 through November 2 at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel and Suites. During this three-day event, meet with Ohio attendees representing attractions, hotels, transportation, museums, CVBs, ferries, wineries, breweries and more. The Ohio Travel Association brings you a diverse array of speakers and industry experts from… Read more »

Southbound Wood County TIC Ribbon Cutting

TourismOhio partnered with ODOT as it renovated the I-75 Wood County TICs to integrate the Ohio. Find It Here. brand on interior and exterior signage. The official ribbon cutting took place before the busy Independence Day weekend. Visitors will find literature about exciting destinations, attractions, and events to inspire their visit in Ohio. The next… Read more »

Historic Preservation Tax Credit Opportunities

Across Ohio, communities are preserving the historic buildings on Main Streets and in downtowns using the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program. The program provides a tax credit to leverage private redevelopment of historic buildings, making them ready for new businesses. Owners and long-term lessees of historically designated buildings who undertake a rehabilitation project may… Read more »

Upcoming TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

The next meeting of the TourismOhio Advisory Board will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Thursday, August 17, in Cardinal Hall at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. All are welcome at this open meeting where TourismOhio updates the advisory board on the state’s tourism industry. 

2018 Co-Op Advertising Program

View a short video about how you can benefit from the co-op program: https://vimeo.com/223633827 For more information, visit: https://www.ohio.org/industry

July 31 Deadline for 2018 Ohio Travel Guide

Be part of the 2018 Ohio Travel Guide! All Ohio travel and tourism entities are invited to submit/update their organizations’ information in the Ohio.org Listing and Events Database by 5:00 pm on Monday, July 31, to have your free listing considered for inclusion in the 2018 Ohio Travel Guide (400,000 printed). Keep an eye out… Read more »

TourismOhio at the Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair is underway and runs through Sunday, August 6, so make your plans to visit! This year’s Development Services Agency/TourismOhio booth is titled “Innovation. Ohio. Find It Here.” and features partner businesses from around the state with some of their most innovative technology. The booth is expected to be a visitor favorite,… Read more »

Message from Mary

  In December 2013, I accepted the task of leading TourismOhio to collaborate with the industry to create a standard of performance and to effectively brand and market the state of Ohio. Those tasks and more have been successfully accomplished with the commitment of an engaged tourism industry, a thoughtful TourismOhio Advisory Board, a superbly… Read more »

Upcoming TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

The next meeting of the TourismOhio Advisory Board will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Thursday, August 17, in Cardinal Hall at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. All are welcome as this is an open meeting where TourismOhio updates the advisory board on the state’s tourism industry. 

Historic Preservation Update

The number one draw for overnight marketable trips to Ohio is by those seeking to visit historic places. Ohio’s abundance of historic sites and buildings anchor our charming towns, creating distinctive Ohio experiences. Today, the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits to 30 new applicants planning to rehabilitate 36 historic buildings…. Read more »

July 31 Deadline for 2018 Ohio Travel Guide

Be part of the 2018 Ohio Travel Guide! All Ohio travel and tourism entities are invited to submit/update their organizations’ information in the Ohio.org Listing and Events Database by 5 pm on Monday, July 31, to have your free listing considered for inclusion in the 2018 Ohio Travel Guide (400,000 printed). The Ohio Travel Guide… Read more »

Welcome, Meg Schultz!

Meg Schultz joins our team as the new Public Relations Coordinator where she works on editorial content for all print and digital publications. Meg is a Miami University graduate and currently serves as Public Relations Advisor for her collegiate sorority chapter. In her free time, Meg enjoys photography, writing and exploring all that her home… Read more »

TourismOhio Partners for National Outdoors Day Promotion

On June 10, Cabela’s stores across the country hosted Family Adventure Day in celebration of National Outdoors Day. The event was designed to encourage families to take part in and learn more about a variety of outdoor activities. Since the concept of Family Adventure Day closely aligned with TourismOhio’s summer outdoors campaign, we approached Cabela’s… Read more »

2017 Paid Advertising Update

Hopefully you’ve seen the Ohio. Find It Here. television commercial this season. In anticipation of the upcoming July 4 holiday, the commercial began airing again this past Monday, June 26, and continues through July 16. The timing of this third 2017 flight coincides with pre-holiday travel planning and inspiring the second half of summer getaways… Read more »

Be a Part of our 2018 Co-Op

The TourismOhio Co-Op Advertising program is available to all Ohio organizations that benefit from a healthy tourism economy. For every dollar you invest, TourismOhio will match dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000. We are currently working on plans for the 2018 program which will be presented the week of September 25. Exact dates and times for the… Read more »

Tourist Information. Find It Here.

TourismOhio recently partnered with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) as it renovated the I-75 north and southbound Wood County Tourist Information Centers (TICs) to integrate the Ohio. Find It Here. brand on interior and exterior signage. The northbound location opened January 2017 and the southbound location just recently opened. Additionally, visitors will find brochure… Read more »

June Message from Mary

    It’s officially summer – the days are longer, the air is warmer – opportunities to enjoy time with friends and family abound! Whether you delight in telling tall tales around the campfire, judging splash contests at the pool, hunting for the coolest vintage finds at the flea market or dancing in the aisles… Read more »

Message from Mary

    It’s almost Memorial Day – the unofficial start of summer! It’s an especially exciting time for the tourism industry in Ohio not only because it’s the beginning of the busy summer travel season, but the industry is coming off the heels of another record-setting year! Earlier this month, the 2016 Ohio Tourism Economic… Read more »

2016 Ohio Tourism Economic Impact and Visitors Study

The 2016 Ohio Tourism Economic Impact results from Tourism Economics recently became available and Ohio had another record-breaking year! Here are a few highlights: Visitor spending reached $43 billion, up from $42 billion in 2015. Ohio’s tourism economy supported 427,000 jobs, up from 420,000 in 2015. Tourism visits rose to 212 million in 2016, up… Read more »

Ohio Tourism Day 2017 Recap

    As part of National Travel and Tourism Week, TourismOhio hosted Ohio. Find It Here. Ohio Tourism Day 2017 on May 10 at the Statehouse and, thanks to the industry, it was a big success! Governor Kasich joined us and delivered remarks congratulating the industry on a great year. The event featured interactive booths… Read more »

Paid Advertising in 2017

Television is just one place you’ll find the brand advertised throughout the summer and early fall – other core advertising support includes digital advertising, connected TV, paid search, print and social media. Co-op advertising runs in tandem with core advertising support and includes paid search, digital, eBlasts, Pandora radio, print and brochure distribution. Both the… Read more »

International Media, Travel Agents Find It Here in Ohio

It has been a busy month sharing Ohio’s distinctive travel experiences with travelers from across the pond! Brand USA MegaFam The Brand USA (federal government international tourism marketing initiative), MegaFam program brought 100 of the UK and Ireland’s top-selling travel agents to the U.S., 15 travel agents enjoyed a taste of Ohio in Columbus and… Read more »

TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

Go Green with Your Events!

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a Zero Waste Special Event Planning Guide to provide event planners, venues, suppliers/vendors, exhibitors and the hospitality sector with ideas of sustainable practices and potential funding to help make their events and services greener. You can view the guide here. The Ohio EPA can also connect you… Read more »

Kudos to those Promoting Ohio. Find It Here.

We’d like to thank those who are helping promote Ohio. Find It Here. by integrating the brand into their advertising and linking from their website to Ohio.org. It helps all of us amplify Ohio’s voice when we connect Ohio. Find It Here. branding with your distinctive tourism experiences.

New York Media Mission Update

TourismOhio’s Tamara Brown and Ohio tourism industry partners met with national media outlets last month in New York to share the Ohio. Find It Here. memorable experiences available in our state. Meetings and conversations included writers and/or editors for: Parents magazine, Food Network Magazine, Budget Travel, Esquire, Siempre Mujer/Hola! USA, Sherman’s Travel, Latina, Oyster.com, Family… Read more »

Find our Publications Online and on your Smartphone!

We’re pleased to now offer an online version of our 2017 Spring/Summer Calendar of Events where you can find information on more than 750 Ohio events. You can also find the online version of our 2017 Ohio Travel Guide which celebrates what you and your guests can find for a full year of fun, exploration and… Read more »

Ohio. Find It Here. Tourism Day 2017

We are excited to announce that in culmination with National Travel and Tourism Week (May 7-13), we will be hosting Ohio. Find It Here. Tourism Day 2017 at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, May 10! Please visit the registration page to apply for a booth! Booth applicant frequently asked questions can be found here. 

April TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

The next TourismOhio Advisory Board meeting will be held on Thursday, April 27, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at a to-be-determined location. The meeting is open to the public and details are forthcoming.

Paid Advertising Update

Get ready to tune in for the return of the Ohio. Find It Here. commercial March 20 – April 16! The airing of the commercial, also used last year, coincides with spring and the time when consumers begin to plan their summer getaways! The initial flight will be four weeks long, followed by a hiatus… Read more »

March Message from Mary

March has come in like a lion and here’s hoping it goes out like a lamb. Even though you might find yourself snowed in at present, we’re less than one week from the official start of spring and here at TourismOhio we’re gearing up for the new season! Now is the time when consumers start… Read more »

Scorecard Through FY 2017 to Date – 2/2/17

Click here to view the TourismOhio Scorecard through FY 2017 to date – as of February 2, 2017.

February Message from Mary

Happy 2017! 2016 was a big year for TourismOhio! We’re proud of the work we’ve accomplished over the past year and attribute our success to the strong support and partnership of our industry leaders and the guidance provided by the TourismOhio Advisory Board. Last week we held our first Advisory Board meeting of 2017 and… Read more »

TourismOhio 2016 Year In Review

Click here to view the TourismOhio 2016 Year In Review.

2017 Planned Media Update

TourismOhio’s 2017 broadcast flight will begin on March 20. The airing of the commercial, also used last year, coincides with spring and the time when consumers begin to give thought to summer getaways! The initial flight will be four weeks long, followed by a hiatus of several weeks and then return on air multiple times… Read more »

2017 Co-op Update

We are very pleased to have many organizations continuing as well as new partners signed-up for the 2017 Co-op. 114 organizations registered to participate in the Destination Builder Plus program with total investments by participants of approximately $1.2 million (up from 108 partners and investment of $1.1 million in 2016). Investment will be matched by… Read more »

State of Ohio Introduces “Operation Safe Stay”

Operation Safe Stay is a voluntary incentive program for the lodging industry to recognize hotels in Ohio that consistently comply with the Ohio Fire Code and Revised Code sanitary standards. Hotels that have a proven track record of passing inspections (at least 2 years violation free), and that meet additional criteria, earn the rights to… Read more »

Updated TourismOhio Strategic Plan

December 15, 2016   This afternoon we convened our TourismOhio Advisory Board for our final meeting of the year and we shared our updated “Plan to Win,” TourismOhio’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan, which we’re pleased to share with you here in addition to our Scorecard through the fourth quarter for calendar year 2016.   Downloads:   … Read more »

December TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

The next TourismOhio Advisory Board meeting will be held on Thursday, December 15, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in the State Room at the Ohio Statehouse (1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215). The meeting is open to the public.

Holidays in Ohio

As you may recall, we launched a new promotion, Holidays In Ohio, last month. The idea is to help Ohio hosts and travelers find unique opportunities to connect and enjoy time with family and friends. To-date, the web page, Ohio.org/Holidays, has received approximately 26,000 visits. Through our social media efforts led by Elaine Laux (elaine.laux@development.ohio.gov),… Read more »

2017 Co-Op Advertising Selection Period Deadline has been Extended!

We are so excited about the amazing partnership in the 2017 TourismOhio Co-op Program! To-date we have approximately 100 partners registered, including many new organizations who did not participate last year—we are so thrilled by this broader representation as we seek to build greater awareness and drive visits to Ohio!  Matching funds are still available… Read more »

Message from Mary

We’re less than a month away from ringing in 2017, and the holiday season is in full swing! We’ve had great success with our Holidays In Ohio promotion so far, and we continue to spread the word to Ohio hosts and travelers about using Ohio.org/holidays as a go-to guide for finding fun activities to entertain and engage visitors this… Read more »

Ohio in the News

Forbes (October 27) – Story resulted from conversations started during our media outreach for urban revitalization and the RNC in April/May “Why Cleveland is America’s Hottest City Right Now” Preservation Magazine (October 18) – Story about Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president from Ohio. The story resulted from our media mission to… Read more »

December TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

The next TourismOhio Advisory Board meeting will be held on Thursday, December 15, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at a to-be-determined location in Columbus. The meeting is open to the public. 

Join Us to Promote Holidays In Ohio!

With the holidays right around the corner, TourismOhio has launched a new promotion called Holidays In Ohio to help Ohio hosts and travelers find unique opportunities to connect and enjoy time with family and friends. The call-to-action is Ohio.org/Holidays. As you know, one of the top reasons people visit and travel Ohio is to visit… Read more »

2017 Co-Op Advertising Selection Period is Open!

Important reminder: Destination Builder Plus advertising selections must be complete by Wednesday, November 30, 2016. For every dollar you invest in the co-op, TourismOhio will match dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000. This is a great opportunity to grow your 2017 marketing budget for FREE! To register for the 2017 co-op, or to make your advertising selections… Read more »

November Message from Mary

  It’s hard to believe that it’s already November and the year is coming to a close. As you make plans to celebrate the season with family and friends, we’re excited to offer what we hope will be your go-to guide. Ohio.org/holidays has everything you need to make this holiday season perfect for you and yours. Many… Read more »

Ohio in the News

USA Today (September 20) – Pitched National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s new fourth building/expanded Presidential Gallery for “12 best U.S. museum exhibitions to see this fall”  Allure (September 4) – Pitched Nomad Ridge at The Wilds for Allure.com’s “The 7 Best Glamping Spots for Fall” ShermansTravel (August 15) – “5 Cities With Newly Revitalized, On-the-Rise Neighborhoods” included Cincinnati and… Read more »

Don’t Miss the 2016 Ohio Conference on Travel

The conference, presented by the Ohio Travel Association and Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association, will be held October 26-28 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton and is the largest gathering of industry members in Ohio with attendees representing attractions, hotels, transportation, museums, restaurants, convention and visitors’ bureaus, ferries, wineries, breweries and more. Please visit https://ohioconferenceontravel.com/aws/OHTRV/pt/sp/COT_home_page… Read more »

November TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

The next TourismOhio Advisory Board meeting will be held on November 3 on the 31st Floor of the Riffe Center in Columbus. The meeting is open to the public. 

New TourismOhio Staff Member

Elaine Laux joins our team as the new Social Media Coordinator. Elaine is a recent graduate of the University of Dayton and she will focus on increasing our proactive engagement on Facebook, Twitter + Instagram, create monthly social media impact reports to measure success, and contribute to the overall digital marketing campaigns of TourismOhio. You… Read more »

2017 Ohio Travel Publications Dates and Deadlines

2017 Ohio Travel Guide (does not include events): Advertising Close Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 Delivers: January 2017   2017 Spring/Summer Ohio Calendar of Events: Covers events from March 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2017 Event Listing Submission Deadline: Oct 1, 2016 Online Verification: Sept. 17 – Oct. 11 Advertising Close Date: Nov. 4, 2016… Read more »

Verify Your 2017 Spring/Summer Event Listings by Oct. 11

Be part of the 2017 Spring/Summer Ohio Calendar of Events! To have your listing considered for inclusion, please follow the steps below to verify your listings on the Ohio.org Listing & Events Database. NOTE: You only need to submit and verify events occurring March 1 – Aug. 31 The Ohio Calendar of Events is a compilation piece… Read more »

2017 Co-Op Advertising Selection Period is Open!

The selection period for the 2017 TourismOhio Co-Op Advertising Program is now open.  Advertising selections for the Destination Builder Plus program (dollar-for dollar match) must be completed by Wednesday, November 30. To make your 2017 Co-Op advertising selections click here, https://www.tocoop.mtllc.com/. For a condensed version of our 2017 Co-op Advertising Program presentation (including advertising opportunities, pricing,… Read more »

Fall Message from Mary

Fall has officially arrived and the temperature is starting to drop to that cool, comfortable range, making the weather perfect for picking pumpkins, taking in a fall hike and cheering on your favorite football team. This season offers an amazing opportunity to get out and explore our beautiful state, recharge our batteries and reconnect with… Read more »

Ohio in the News

Parents magazine (July issue) – “8 All-American Drives with Google Maps” story resulting from our New York Media Mission ran online. (Cleveland and Cincinnati represent two stops out of five for the Midwest)  New York Times (June 30) – We maintain an ongoing relationship with Elaine Glusac and met with her while in Chicago during… Read more »

Don’t Miss the 2016 Ohio Conference on Travel

The conference, presented by the Ohio Travel Association and Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association, will be held October 26-28 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton and is the largest gathering of industry members in Ohio with attendees representing attractions, hotels, transportation, museums, restaurants, convention and visitors’ bureaus, ferries, wineries, breweries and more. Please visit the… Read more »

New TourismOhio Staff Member

Juliana Schultz joins our team as the new Communications Manager. Juliana previously worked in the Governor’s Office as both Director of Scheduling and Assistant Communication Director for Special Events. You can reach Juliana at juliana.schultz@development.ohio.gov. 

September TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting

The next TourismOhio Advisory Board meeting will be held on Sept. 8 at a to-be-determined location. The meeting is open to the public. 

New TourismOhio Advisory Board Members

We are excited to welcome two new members appointed by Governor Kasich to our Advisory Board! Lee Alexakos (Cedar Fair Entertainment Company) has more than 30 years experience in marketing at Cedar Point and is currently the Vice President of Community Relations. Her responsibilities include coordination of all cause marketing programs, government relations and communications,… Read more »

Verify Your Ohio Travel Guide Listing

Be part of the 2017 Ohio Travel Guide! To have your free listing considered for inclusion in the annual Ohio Travel Guide (does not include event listings), please click here to verify your listing on the Ohio.org Listing & Events Database. The Ohio Travel Guide is the state’s annual publication – 400,000 printed – for… Read more »

Grow Your Advertising Budget by Joining our Co-Op!

The 2017 TourismOhio Co-Op Advertising Program is available to all Ohio organizations that benefit from a healthy tourism economy.  For every dollar you invest in the Co-Op, TourismOhio will match up to a recommended $25,000!  TourismOhio is investing up to $1.25 million as we partner together, collectively amplifying the voice of Ohio as we go… Read more »

Fantastic Fair Week for TourismOhio

The Ohio State Fair, held in Columbus from July 27 – Aug. 7, has just wrapped up! This year’s Development Services Agency/TourismOhio “Excitement-Ohio. Find it Here.” booth was a visitor favorite in the Bricker Building, with soft seating available and the new tourism branding message featured throughout.  One video screen directed attendees to visit our… Read more »

TourismOhio at NAACP Annual Convention in Cincinnati

The NAACP Annual Convention held in Cincinnati from July 16-20 provided a national stage for TourismOhio to promote all of Ohio to thousands of visitors. TourismOhio had a booth in the Duke Energy Center which was visited by approximately 1,200 conference attendees. Half of the visitors to the booth tried out TourismOhio’s 360-degree Virtual Reality… Read more »

Ohio 360 Virtual Reality Debuts at RNC in Cleveland

Ohio 360 Virtual Reality Debuts at RNC in Cleveland From July 18-21, Cleveland was host to the Republican National Convention and more than 50,000 visitors. While there was significant national attention focused on Cleveland, TourismOhio seized the opportunity to promote all of Ohio. We supported these efforts with an in-person street team, advertising in Cleveland,… Read more »

End of Summer Message from Mary

Mary Cusick With just a few days left of summer break before kids head back to school, many of us are squeezing in late summer excursions and visits to the swimming pool to cap off what has been quite a busy and exciting summer. Ohio was in the spotlight in a major way this summer… Read more »

April 8 – Fall / Winter Calendar of Events Listing Deadline

To have your Ohio event considered for inclusion in the printed 2016-17 Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events (50,000 printed) please submit/update your information in the Ohio.org Listings & Events database by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 8. Free Event Listings If your database entry is current, there is no need to re-submit. Please review your… Read more »

TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting – Feb. 25

Mark your calendar – the TourismOhio Advisory Board will gather at the Vern Riffe Building in downtown Columbus on February 25 from 1-3pm. The meeting will be on the 31st floor in the north room. The meetings are open to the public.

Develop Your City Page on Ohio.org

Late last year, we went to work on some updates to Ohio.org. TourismOhio and our digital team brainstormed ways to give more visibility and exposure to Ohio cities. In addition to adjusting filter categories, we wanted to create City Pages for any Ohio city. (Check out this article from November BuckeyeLine for more detail ) A… Read more »

April 8 – Listing Deadline for 2016-17 Fall/Winter Calendar of Events

To have your Ohio event considered for inclusion in the printed 2016-17 Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events (50,000 printed), please submit/update your event information in the Ohio Listing and Events Database by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 8. Free Event Listings If your database entry is current, there is no need to re-submit. Please review… Read more »

Order 2016 Ohio Travel Publications

The 2016 Ohio Travel Guide is now available for download or in print version. As an expression of the new Ohio. Find It Here. brand, the guide is a more engaging and inspiring resource for travelers.  The new travel guide has been reconstructed to feature a magazine format that boasts rich visuals and stories that… Read more »

Ohio Brand Guidelines

We’re excited to share with you the new Ohio. Find It Here. Brand Guidelines. Along the way, you may have had the opportunity to learn of the new brand strategy and see the brand video as well as the new logo and tagline. As we launch the new brand via an integrated communications plan this… Read more »

Message from Mary – February

 February may not be the busiest travel season, but there is no shortage of excitement. It is a time of togetherness as we meet with friends to watch the Super Bowl, or in my case – the commercials! It’s also the season of love, where couples seek romantic experiences close to home where they can… Read more »

Ohio. Find It Here. Brand Info

    Click Here to Download Logos   *Brand Guidelines: By downloading logos, you agree to the terms of TourismOhio Brand Guidelines:* Questions? Please email TourismOhio Marketing Manager Lauren Seckel    More Downloads:  Animated Logo (after opening, right click and choose “save video”) Ohio Tourism Industry – statements of support Sample Print Ads  A brand for a revitalized Ohio A new… Read more »

Message from Mary – Holiday Edition

Mary Cusick   Sharing a candlelight carriage ride cuddled up with the one you love, seeing the wonder in your child’s eyes as he or she watches their first holiday lights show, or observing their timid approach the first time they tell Santa their wishes – the holidays in Ohio are time for making the… Read more »

Ohio In the News

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Branding Ohio: New tourism slogan urges travelers to ‘find it here’   Columbus Dispatch: After years without a tourism slogan, Ohio has one again   Associated Press: Ohio tourism officials unveil state’s brand: ‘find it here’      Associated Press (ABC News): Travel: Ohio holidays, Women’s Ski Fest, Jackson Hole 50  

Midwest Living Magazine Promotes Dream Trip to Ohio

Even before the new brand hits TV and radio you’ll start to see it show up in print as it makes its debut in the January/February 2016 issue of Midwest Living magazine. There, Ohio will be featured in the magazine’s first-ever Dream Trip special editorial section. Our full-page branded ad will appear alongside a full-page… Read more »

Co-Op Commitments Reach Nearly $1.7 Million!

We are very excited about the positive response we’re seeing to the 2016 co-op.  To date, more than 130 organizations have registered to participate and nearly $1.7 million in matching funds have been requested.  Your investment in promoting your destination and Ohio coupled with the match that TourismOhio has committed means that collectively we are… Read more »

Message from Mary – Holiday Edition

Sharing a candlelight carriage ride cuddled up with the one you love, seeing the wonder in your child’s eyes as he or she watches their first holiday lights show, or observing their timid approach the first time they tell their wishes to Santa – the holidays in Ohio are time for making the most out… Read more »

Ohio in the News – November 2015

Redbook: The 40 Most Romantic Fall Getaways you Should Add to your Travel List (Canton, Ohio) You may not have the time to travel all the way to Tuscany this season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get an Italian-inspired vacation. Columbus Dispatch: Columbus 5th Best City for Conferences SmartAsset, a personal-finance technology company, has named Columbus… Read more »

Listing Database and Ohio.org Updates

We have been thrilled with the new Ohio.org, which launched July 1. As you know with your own web properties, you do not simply design your site and walk away. Websites require continual changes and updates as we discover better ways to improve the user experience. We want to thank several members of the industry… Read more »

TourismOhio Advisory Board Meeting – Nov. 18

The next TourismOhio Advisory Board meeting will take place Wednesday, November 18 from 2-4 p.m. at the Muirfield Village Golf Club. The meeting will provide TourismOhio with input and insight from the Advisory Board with regard to the Ohio branding, marketing, and public relations. 

Registration for the 2016 Co-Op Begins Today!

Sign-up today for the 2016 Co-Op! The registration period letting us know your intent to participate in the 2016 Co-Op begins at noon, Tuesday, November 17 and continues until noon, Monday, November 30. When you register you will be asked whether you would like to participate in the: Destination Builder Plus program Destination Builder program… Read more »

Message from Mary

    “Ohio: find it here.” We had the opportunity to preview the new Ohio brand with the industry at Monday night’s Ohio Travel Association and Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association conference dinner, and the support we received was overwhelming.  Thank you to each one of you who provided guidance along the way – surveys,… Read more »

Co-Op Questions? Get them answered Friday, Nov. 6

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 TourismOhio Co-Op Program. At this point, we’ve presented the program via the October 20 webinar and by visiting many of your regions over the past couple of weeks. Perhaps after you’ve studied the program and offerings a bit more you have some additional questions. We’d like to… Read more »

Special Edition: Sign Up for the 2016 Co-Op Presentation

Please join us for a webinar on Tuesday Oct. 20, 2015 at 10:00 AM to review the 2016 TourismOhio Co-Op Program. We’re excited to share updated program components, features and benefits, including a new investment matching program based on interviews Marcus Thomas did with some of you this summer. The program will allow organizations of… Read more »

Special Edition: Message from Mary

Good Afternoon! Here’s to fall and all things that bring us closer together – apple picking, football, hayrides, festivals, and more. In fact, we just had a TourismOhio Advisory Board meeting at a popular Ohio fall destination – Young’s Jersey Dairy.  It was a treat to see this classic agritourism business bustling with fall activities… Read more »

Changes to the 2016 Ohio Travel Guide

As we review 2015 and look ahead to next year, I would like to update you on the 2016 Ohio Travel Guide.  Just as each of you in the Ohio tourism industry review your marketing tools and results periodically, we are constantly researching changes in how people make travel decisions. What inspires them? How do… Read more »

Ohio News

USA Today: America’s Famous Food Capitals (Cincinnati) USA Today: Beautiful fall foliage around the USA (Athens) New York Daily News: Ohio Proves a Great Destination for a Short Family Trip  

Congrats Ellen!

Ellen Grinsfelder The awards keep coming for tourism in Ohio!  Ellen Grinsfelder, the owner of the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls and a member of the TourismOhio Advisory Board, was recently honored by Select Registry with the prestigious Stafford Smith Award. Ellen has owned the Inn & Spa since 1987 with her husband Terry and… Read more »

Congrats Joe-HIO!

Director David Goodman with Joe Giessler & Mary Cusick A big congratulations to Joe Giessler is in order. He has been selected as Employee of the Quarter for the entire Development Services Agency.  Joe oversaw the creation of our new Ohio.org website, taking the lead in securing a new vendor through an extensive RFP process.  Joe… Read more »

TourismOhio Advisory Board Update

The TourismOhio Advisory Board will meet on Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio. 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road Yellow Springs, OH 45387 Off of I-70, it is exit 52A  (Route 68 south) The meeting will highlight TourismOhio’s 2015 performance to-date and plans for 2016. Attendees are welcome… Read more »

Budget Now for County Economic Impact Studies

TourismOhio will continue working with Tourism Economics, the U.S. Division of Oxford Economics, to conduct an annual Economic Impact of Tourism in Ohio study. As you may be aware, this study tracks Ohio visitor spending, spending by segment and more. Overall, the research provides us with the means to compare results year over year. As… Read more »

Regional Media Missions/Press Trips

We have been chugging along with visits to key Ohio feeder markets and assisting travel writers with custom press trips to our state. The regional missions involved Ohio tourism industry partners in desk-side meetings with media contacts to promote travel options for consumers within driving distance of Ohio, as well as family-friendly getaways and travel… Read more »

New Ohio Tourism Industry Website

The DiscoverOhio.com/Industry section is your one-stop location for providing you the resources to best promote your event or destination to Ohio travelers. Not sure where to find the information you’re looking for? Click the Quick Links/FAQ tab on the left! During creation of the TourismOhio PlantoWin, you, our stakeholders, clearly stated that a more robust and mobile-friendly website was a… Read more »

Message from Mary

As our industry moves into fall, I know you are thinking about the business of tourism this past summer and whether or not your efforts and initiatives paid off with better performance.  We are doing the same here at TourismOhio. As we do, it dawned on me that we have been so busy delivering on… Read more »

Ohio in the News

ABC News: Ohio City Reaps More Visitors, Positive Attention  Cincinnati Business Courier: Graeter’s named one of America’s 5 best ice creams: Food Network Chicago Tribune: Travel events: From D-Day re-enactments to an Irish festival USA Today: High-flying adventure: Zip lines around the USA (Hocking Hills Canopy Tours)  

It’s Your Time to Shine!

Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 Ruby Awards, presented by the Ohio Travel Association and Ohio Magazine. This statewide competition honors the creative genius of Ohio’s travel and tourism industry.   The submission deadline is August 31 at midnight, so start gathering your best work now. Entries can be submitted online, or you… Read more »

Budget Now for County Economic Impact Studies

TourismOhio will continue working with Tourism Economics, the U.S. Division of Oxford Economics, to conduct an annual Economic Impact of Tourism in Ohio study. As you may be aware, this study tracks Ohio visitor spending, spending by segment and more. Overall, the research provides us with the means to compare results year over year. As… Read more »

Fall/Winter Calendar of Events Now Available

TourismOhio is pleased to announce availability of the new 2015-16 Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events. Would you like to distribute the publications at your location? Limited quantities will be available to tourism-oriented organizations. Publications may be ordered online. Want your event to be considered for the 2016-17 Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events? Submit your listing… Read more »

2016 Calendar of Events Deadline Sept. 1

To have your Ohio event considered for inclusion in the printed 2016 Spring/Summer Ohio Calendar of Events (100,000 quantity printed), please submit/update your information in the DiscoverOhio Listing & Events Databaseby 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Click here for more information.

Meet Tammy Mor and Justin Brownlee!

There are some new faces around the TourismOhio office!  Tammy Mor is managing our marketing efforts while Lauren Seckel is out on maternity leave. Tammy is a freelance marketing consultant with 20 years of experience in consumer marketing and brand communications. You can reach Tammy at tammy.mor@development.ohio.gov. Justin is the new marketing intern, working closely… Read more »

Ohio State Fair Booth – a Big Success

What fantastic weather it was for the Ohio State Fair this year! That, along with record attendance, made this year’s DSA/TourismOhio “Ohio Lounge” booth the best yet.  A 15-foot replica of the Ohio Travel Guide cover of Summit Lake Metropark’s Towpath Trial was the back drop of the booth. An extension of the boardwalk created… Read more »

Message from Mary

It’s hard to believe its back to school time – already! As families experience a “re-entry” into their familiar routines, they are bombarded with advertising about school supplies, clothes and other necessities. All while being shuttled to school for band practice, pre-season football games, cross country meets, and more. But in the midst of this… Read more »

Ohio in the News

The 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America (Put-in-Bay) Columbus Rated No. 6 in Top 10 Cities for Creatives The 30 Most Beautiful Lighthouses in America                                                 (Lorain & Toledo Harbor are mentioned)  

Sept. 1 Listing Deadline for 2016 Spring/Summer Calendar of Events

To have your Ohio event considered for inclusion in the printed 2016 Spring/Summer Ohio Calendar of Events (100,000 printed), please submit/update your information in the DiscoverOhio Listing & Events Database by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1. For more information on the new database, click here. Free Event Listings If your database entry has already… Read more »

Fall Co-Op Reminder!

Fall foliage, football, and festivals are right around the corner!  It’s not too late to participate in the Fall 2015 Co-Op.  A couple of great opportunities including paid search and display advertising are still available.  As a reminder, TourismOhio will match your investment in digital display and paid search, in essence doubling your spend! If… Read more »

July 16 Deadline for 2016 Ohio Travel Guide

Be part of the 2016 Ohio Travel Guide! All Ohio travel and tourism entities are invited to submit/update their organizations’ information in the new DiscoverOhio Listing and Events Database https://ohdataengine.milesmedia.com by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, to have your free listing considered for inclusion in the 2016 Ohio Travel Guide (400,000 printed). For more… Read more »

Consider being part of the exciting process of developing visual assets for Ohio!

As you know, just three months ago we hired a new marketing agency to assist with developing the brand for Ohio, and we’re excited about the direction we’re headed!  As you’ve heard us say, our brand will convey emotion, how it feels to experience Ohio.  As we execute initial creative, such as a brand video… Read more »

A Special Message from Director David Goodman

Dear Friends in Economic Development, On June 30, Governor John Kasich signed a new two-year budget for the State. This budget sets the stage for continued economic growth in Ohio, strengthening local communities and benefiting taxpayers with lower taxes and more opportunities for jobs. This could not have been accomplished without your partnership. Thank you…. Read more »

Message from Mary

The 4th of July weekend was predicted to have the strongest travel performance in 8 years. Fuel prices are a big factor since they are the lowest they have been in a number of years. Add that to increased consumer confidence and jobs growth – and you can bet there were a good number of… Read more »

Ohio in the News

Mother Jones: Forget Brooklyn. Could Columbus Be the Next Hot Millennial Enclave? Travel and Leisure Magazine: Cleveland Among Top Cities for Foodies Associated Press: Washington Post Features Fun, Quirky, Ohio Festivals

TourismOhio & Central Ohio Tourism Partners Take Home PR Awards

The Central Ohio tourism industry showed its marketing expertise at this year’s PRism Awards! Please join us in congratulating Experience Columbus and the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau on their recognition and awards from the Central Ohio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) 2015 PRism Awards. The ceremony was held on May… Read more »

Ohio State Fair 2015

TourismOhio will lead the Development Services Agency (DSA) Ohio State Fair booth this year, and will feature a hip, coffee house lounge concept with a stage and children’s area. Music, talent and artisans will showcase tourism opportunities, and the booth will promote all that is cool and unexpected in Ohio. The Ohio State Fair runs… Read more »

Important Reminder! Sign up for Fall Co-op Opportunities by June 15

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in the Fall 2015 Co-op!  Research tells us that fall is a very relevant travel time—16% of overnight visits and 19% of day visits to Ohio occur in September and October. It’s a great opportunity to continue to promote your Ohio tourism experience, for us to collaborate… Read more »

July 16 deadline for 2016 Ohio Travel Guide

Be part of the 2016 Ohio Travel Guide! All Ohio travel and tourism entities are invited to submit/update their organizations’ information in the new DiscoverOhio Listing and Events Database > Listings.Ohio.org by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 16 (does not include event listings), to have your free listing considered for inclusion in the 2016 Ohio Travel… Read more »

New Ohio.org Database Now Available!

We are thrilled to open access to the new Ohio.org Listing + Events Database! Thank you for your patience during this transition period! All Ohio travel and tourism entities are invited to submit their organizations’ information and events into the free database. By entering your information, you will also be considered for inclusion in TourismOhio’s… Read more »

Get the guide. Get the App. Get to Ohio.

Advertising Showing Positive Results! Maybe you’ve heard the radio ad.  Maybe you’ve seen it on the internet or one of the 11 print publications in which we are participating. The results of our spring/summer advertising are showing positive momentum. The message promotes downloading/ordering the Official Ohio Travel Guide and we’re seeing it happen! There have… Read more »

Message from Mary

Spring is quickly becoming summer and what a busy time it is – the peak season for travel-related businesses in Ohio. The good news – the trade winds are in our favor. The visitors study tells us that Ohio is both accessible and guests believe it is affordable – a great value. Those factors can… Read more »

Ohio News

Cuyahoga Valley National Park one of “The 12 Most Beautiful National Parks in the USA”   America’s Best Restaurants in Historical Buildings   The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Ohio

Ohio State Fair 2015

TourismOhio will lead the Development Services Agency (DSA) Booth in 2015, and will feature a hip, cool, coffee house lounge concept with a stage and children’s area. Music, talent, and artisans will showcase tourism opportunities, and the booth will promote all that is cool and unexpected in Ohio. The Ohio State Fair runs from July… Read more »

TourismOhio Advisory Board to Meet May 19

The TourismOhio Advisory Board will be meeting next week, May 19, at the Buxton Inn in Granville. The Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau has graciously agreed to host us and will offer a tour of the new Granville Inn renovations before the meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. for advisory board members. As always, this… Read more »

Upcoming Media Missions

Join TourismOhio as we share Ohio’s surprising tourism stories with regional media outlets this summer and fall. We are working on dates to visit the following markets: Lexington/Lousiville, KY Pittsburgh, PA Indianapolis, IN Detroit, MI Toronto, ON (Canada) – Fall Missions to feeder markets will take only one day while the Toronto mission will require… Read more »

Fall/Winter Calendar Listings and Advertising Opportunities

Verify Listing Information If you submitted a listing for the 2015 Fall/Winter Calendar of Events, please be aware that the publisher, Great Lakes Publishing will contact you via e-mail asking you to verify the accuracy of your listing. If the publisher does not receive a response, the listing cannot be considered for publication. Questions For… Read more »

Important Reminder! Register today for the 2015 Fall Co-Op Presentation

This Friday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. will be the first of two opportunities to participate in the Fall Co-Op Opportunities webinar presentation. The same presentation will also be given on Monday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. (attend whichever date is best for you). In advance of the presentation, please see the attached 2015 Fall… Read more »

Message from Mary

I had the recent privilege of taking an Ohio road trip from Columbus to Dayton and Dayton to Toledo. As we drove through rural Ohio, the countryside sparkled from the sunshine. Downtown Dayton looked pristine and when we walked into the Crown Plaza, the community support surrounding tourism was notable. The Dayton Convention and Visitors… Read more »

Ohio News

Midwest Living: Weekend Getaway Along the Ohio and Erie Canal way   Columbus Dispatch: Get out and see Ohio   Vacation Idea.com: 25 Best Botanical Gardens to Visit on Your Romantic Weekend Getaway  

TourismOhio Advisory Board

The TourismOhio Advisory Board met on March 26 at Experience Columbus. The group heard from new agency partners, Cult Marketing and Marcus Thomas and received an update on TourismOhio operations.  The next meeting of the Advisory Board will take place on May 19 at the Buxton Inn in Granville. Thank you to Experience Columbus and… Read more »

Website Update

A new and improved DiscoverOhio.com is currently being redesigned, and it’s scheduled to launch in June. Progress is being made with recently completed website components including: Events/attractions database survey of industry members Review of wire frames (“blueprints”) of the new website Developed content plan for the website launch and beyond. A special thank you to… Read more »

Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program

Does your tourism destination need seasonal interns?  This program, offered through the Ohio Development Services Agency, could be a perfect fit for your business! The Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program is a great opportunity for high school students interested in interning part time. The program allows students to gain the skills necessary for in-demand careers… Read more »

2015 Spring/Summer Co-Op Advertising Opportunities Still Available

While many of you have already purchased advertising in the upcoming Spring/Summer Co-Op, (thank you!) there are a few select opportunities still available for radio advertising as follows:   Radio Cincinnati – week of 5/11 available Columbus – week of 5/11 available Lansing – all weeks available Louisville – week of 5/18 and 6/8 available Toledo… Read more »

Fall/Winter Calendar Listing Deadline & Verification

April 10 Listing Deadline for 2015-16 Fall/Winter Calendar of Events To have your Ohio event considered for inclusion in the printed “2015-16 Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events” (50,000 printed) please submit/update your information in the Buckeye database by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Free Event Listings If your database entry is current, there is… Read more »

Message from Mary

Warmer weather has finally arrived and I am welcoming springtime in Ohio with open arms! From the Wilds and Cedar Point to ziplining adventures in the Hocking Hills or enjoying a cocktail on your favorite local patio – Ohio is dusting off the winter and is ready to welcome visitors for another great season of… Read more »

Message from Mary

March came in like a lion in Ohio, and the same can be said for the work we are doing at TourismOhio to aggressively market the state as a relevant travel destination. As springtime emerges, it brings a fresh look and new hope for the future. TourismOhio is embracing this season of change as we… Read more »

Ohio News

10 Iconic Cleveland Foods https://photos.clevescene.com/10-iconic-cleveland-foods/#1   Athens Named Top 20 Coolest Towns in the US! https://matadornetwork.com/trips/20-coolest-towns-us/   John Travolta Movie Filmed in Columbus! https://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2015/02/20/columbus-ohio-travolta-film-i-am-wrath-gears-up-to-film-in-columbus.html

TourismOhio Participates in Legislative Caucus

Mary Cusick spoke to legislators last week from the Ohio House and Senate about the progress being made to promote Ohio as a relevant travel destination and about the industry’s economic impact to the state. The caucus was hosted by Rep. Cheryl Grossman. We shared information about the TourismOhio PlantoWin as well as details regarding… Read more »

TourismOhio Shares Ohio Travel Guide with Agency

TourismOhio had a great time distributing the 2015 Ohio Travel Guide around the Ohio Development Services Agency on Friday, February 20. The group walked the floors handing out guides and encouraged people to spin the prize wheel for fun Ohio swag. Many DSA employees showed off their Ohio pride by wearing shirts and pins. They… Read more »

2015 Spring/Summer Co-Op Advertising Opportunities Still Available

Thank you to everyone who has already purchased advertising in the upcoming Spring/Summer Co-Op. Response has been strong as we partner together to promote Ohio. Total investment is up nearly 20% versus a year ago!  If you haven’t already purchased advertising, or if you wish to invest additionally, opportunities are still available. Please note the… Read more »

Fall/Winter Calendar of Events Listing Deadline

April 10 Listing Deadline for 2015-16 Fall/Winter Calendar of Events To have your Ohio event considered for inclusion in the printed 2015-16 Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events (50,000 printed) please submit/update your information in the Buckeye database by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Free Event Listings If your database entry is current, there is… Read more »

Download the New App

TourismOhio’s new App, the 2015 “Ohio Travel Guide by TourismOhio,” is now available for both Apple and Android tablets and smartphones. App users will enjoy a deeper dive into the Ohio Travel Guide content (and current calendar of events) with the visually enhanced, interactive App which includes bonus photos and videos. Be sure to look… Read more »

Ohio Tourism in the News

Huffington Post – “15 Under-the-Radar Vacation Destinations” (Hocking Hills) Conde Nast Traveler – “American’s Best Beer Cities, As Chosen by Beer Experts” (Cleveland) USA Today – “Outdoor Skating Rinks Around the USA”(Columbus, Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Cincinnati and Cleveland)

New York Media Mission Wrap-Up

Our intrepid Ohio tourism team made it to New York and back between snow storms to share new and authentic travel experiences with national media outlets in New York on February 4-5. The team had some fantastic meetings with writers and editors from publications including: Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Budget Travel, Shermans Travel,… Read more »

AAA Great Vacations Travel Expo

TourismOhio was approached by promoters of the 2015 AAA Great Vacations Expo to be a sponsor this year. This was the first time the State exhibited at this event. For sponsorship, TourismOhio received a 10’x20’ booth at the entrance of the venue. Iconic Ohio locations were featured on the backdrop, and a continuous video called… Read more »

2015 Spring/Summer Co-Op Advertising Opportunities Still Available

Many of you have already purchased advertising in the upcoming Spring/Summer Co-Op.  Response has been strong as we partner together to promote Ohio!  If you haven’t already purchased advertising, or if you wish to invest additionally, the following opportunities are still available: Print Heart of OhioLake Erie LivingCrossingsFitBG MagazineGroup TourStudent Group Tour Digital Xaxis Radio… Read more »

Read TourismOhio’s PlantoWin

TourismOhio finalized the PlantoWin with your help over the course of six months. For the first time, tourism has a roadmap to attract more Ohio visitors. In January, the TourismOhio Advisory Board formally recommended that the Ohio Development Services Agency leadership adopt the PlantoWin in order to drive sustainable growth for tourism in Ohio. We… Read more »

Fall/Winter Calendar of Events Listing Deadline

April 10 Listing Deadline for 2015-16 Fall/Winter Calendar of Events To have your Ohio event considered for inclusion in the printed 2015-16 Fall/Winter Ohio Calendar of Events (50,000 printed) please submit/update your information in the Buckeye database by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Free Event Listings If your database entry is current, there is… Read more »

There’s an App for That!

TourismOhio is excited to announce that the 2015 “Official Ohio Travel Guide by TourismOhio” App is in development and will soon be available for both Apple and Android tablets and smartphones. We’ll share a release date in the Ohio Tourism Industry Facebook group and in the March issue of BuckeyeLine.

Ohio Travel Guide and Spring/Summer Calendar Available

TourismOhio is pleased to announce availability of the new 2015 Travel Publications. The Ohio Travel Guide arrives this Friday and the Spring/Summer Ohio Calendar of Events is already here! Would you like to distribute the publications at your location? Limited quantities will be available to tourism-oriented organizations through early summer. Publications may be ordered online…. Read more »

Message from Mary

Although, Buckeye Chuck does his best to predict spring, February is fickle. But one thing we are sure of is the direction of tourism in Ohio. TourismOhio is making strides executing the new strategic plan. Work is underway on the DiscoverOhio.com redesign which all of you have told us is paramount. We are also on… Read more »

Ohio News

From beautiful Ohio images and must-see destinations, to TourismOhio director Mary Cusick highlighted for her inspirational leadership, there is plenty of exciting Ohio tourism news! Please share these articles through your network and keep the good news going for Ohio! USA Today: Photo Tour- Beautiful Ohio https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/destinations/2015/01/02/photo-tour-beautiful-ohio/20653969/ LA Times: Top Destinations of 2015 – Cleveland… Read more »

Market Your Destination for Free! Subscribe to our Blog

Marketing is more than paying for advertising. Be sure to utilize our social media reach and our Ohio.org/blog to help tell your story for free!  These are just some of the resources TourismOhio offers to help your travel destination thrive. Want your destination featured? Stay up to date on what we are covering and connect with us… Read more »

Managing Your Time: What You Should Track on Twitter

Do you understand your Twitter metrics? Learn the best metrics to judge your social media presence without having to spend all that time clicking through posts and charts to monitor your Twitter account.  Get the New Year started off right! Click here to learn more.

Brochure Distribution Survey

Thank you to everyone who completed a survey about their experience working with Ad-Rack in the last year. (Ad-Rack is the company TourismOhio contracted with to supply travel publications to visitors at Ohio Tourist Information Centers (TICs)). We appreciate you taking time to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences to help us continue to get… Read more »

TourismOhio Strategic Plan Coming Soon

Be on the lookout for the TourismOhio Strategic Plan that you helped create! The feedback is in, the tactics are identified and the layout is being finalized on our Plan2Win. The TourismOhio Advisory Board will review and vote on the plan at the January 22 meeting. It will be held on the 31st floor of… Read more »

What’s New in 2015?

TourismOhio wants to help you promote your destination, attraction, lodging facility, restaurant, etc. in 2015. We are asking for information on What’s New in 2015? Please let us know about any new attraction or exhibit openings coming up in the next year, milestone anniversaries, or any unique or interesting new tourism opportunities in your area…. Read more »

Do You Really Read BuckeyeLine?

I know it is odd asking you that as you “read” BuckeyeLine, but we are working to best communicate with you and that means taking a fresh look at the industry newsletter. Thank you to those who have already taken the time to fill out the survey. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please… Read more »

Message from Mary

Happy New Year!  While 2014 was a great year for Ohio tourism, I am so excited for what 2015 holds. This is the year we launch branding for Ohio tourism – and a new website!  We will continue to build relationships that benefit Ohio tourism and engage with you to help tell the story of… Read more »

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