Create Change Through Advocacy

Create change by keeping informed on issues that could change the way our industry does business. The Ohio Travel Association makes sure you have a head’s up on pending laws, rules, and regulations.  Then, we’ll make sure you have the tools, opportunities, and training to make our industry’s needs heard by decision makers. 

Although we serve as the voice of Ohio’s tourism industry, when it comes to issues that matter, we can’t do it alone. We work with our partners in the industry to strategize how to address issues. And, we will work with you 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 Tourism
  • 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 tourism 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.