Create Change Through Advocacy

Create change by staying informed on issues that could change the way the travel industry does business. The Ohio Travel Association makes sure you have a head’s up on pending laws, rules and regulations. Here are the tools, opportunities and training needed to make your needs heard by decision makers. Work with partners in the industry to strategize and address issues. Work with OTA when a local voice will make the biggest difference.  

OTA Successes

In the past few years, OTA and its association partners have:

  • Created a new funding model to potentially double the marketing dollars available to the Office of TourismOhio
  • Defeated expansion of the sales tax to many services, such as marketing, accounting, and legal, which would have significantly increased the costs of doing business in Ohio    
  • Defeated a proposed statewide admissions tax
  • Secured a legislative mandate for an ongoing Department of Taxation report on sales tax generated from tourism-related activities
  • Supported passage of the Great Lakes Water Compact to protect our freshwater resources and served on the rule-making committee to write regulations

Resources

  • Issues: Find information about today’s top issues for Ohio’s tourism industry, including research, talking points, updates, and future actions needed.

  • Find Your Legislators: Enter your zip code, and you’ll find the contacts you need at the state and federal level.

  • Advocacy Tips and Tools: Learn how to become an effective advocate for Ohio’s $42 billion travel industry.

  • OTA Member Resources for Advocacy: Learn how OTA can help you in your advocacy efforts.

  • Creating Change in Ohio: Explore how bills become laws, and how Ohio’s tourism industry works together on the issues that matter.

  • Ohio Tourism Political Action Committee: Learn how you can personally support decision making that moves Ohio’s tourism industry forward.

  • Ohio Tourism Action Fund: Learn how your business or organization can support tourism business-friendly decision making and create tools for you to communicate the power of Ohio travel message.