2015 Ohio Tourism Legislative Day
Held Wed. March 18, 2015
Telling Our Story: Industry Shares Importance of Travel & Tourism at Two Legislative Day Events
Jeremy Myers, Membership & Communications Manager
COLUMBUS, OH - With an estimated 195 million visitors spending $38 billion in 2013, ensuring the future strength of Ohio's travel and tourism industry must be an economic priority for legislators.
Recognizing the important role tourism plays in creating 405,000 jobs in the state, members of the Ohio Travel Association participated in two legislative days in March. Members were educated on important issues affecting the industry before meeting with elected officials to share their concerns about proposed legislation currently being considered by the 131st General Assembly.
Approximately 100 industry leaders met at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in downtown Columbus on May 18 for the 2015 Ohio Tourism Legislative Day event, presented by a coalition of industry associations, including the Ohio Travel Association, the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus, the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association, Ohio's Appalachian Country, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, and the Ohio Wine Producers Association.
Director of TourismOhio, Mary Cusick addressed the gathering to provide updates about the agency's efforts toward implementation of the recently approved Strategic Plan2Win and the development of a new and authentic brand with which to market the state. Attendees then met with legislators to discuss the important role tourism plays in economic development and attended a legislative reception with lawmakers at the Capital Club.
Ohio Tourism Legislative Day Talking Points
On May 4, the Ohio Travel Association joined the Ohio History Connection, Heritage Ohio, the Ohio Academy of History, the Ohio Archaeological Council, the Ohio Local History Alliance, the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, Preservation Ohio, the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Ohio Council for Social Studies, and the Society of Ohio Archivists in presenting Ohio Statehood Day, a celebration of the 212th anniversary of Ohio's statehood.
Legislative priorities for the event included boosting economic development through supporting the TourismOhio budget and the job-creating state historic rehabilitation tax credit program, as well as restoring funding to the Ohio History Connection and prioritizing social studies education in Ohio schools.