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2017 Benefits-at-a-Glance


Representing Ohio’s $42 billion travel industry, the Ohio Travel Association (OTA) is the state’s largest and most comprehensive travel association. We take our role seriously and work to grow your business, saving you time and money by communicating the power of a cohesive travel message, inspiring excellence, providing cost savings programs and navigating your vision through a variety of engaging programs, educational opportunities and services. As a member, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of the following:


Keeping You Informed, and Helping You Learn Through OTA eClips

Stay informed with Ohio and national travel-related news and trends, as well as industry calendar events and jobs postings through this weekly digest of media clips and information sent every Friday. Gain perspective from additional industry sectors such as hotels, attractions, CVBs and more by learning how they partner with organizations like yours. Read articles, written by OTA staff, that capture Ohio and national tourism trends, legislation, events and tactics that are tailored to your needs.


Share Your Story and Industry Impact via Social Media and eClips

We learn from many areas, including from our industry peers, and OTA gives you the opportunity to broadcast your presence in the industry amongst a large, professional tourism group. Chad Duplain, Communications Manager with OTA, can assist you in sharing your newsworthy stories from designated news outlets as part of the weekly eClips content. OTA staff can also assist by sharing your newsworthy success stories, innovations and developments on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). In addition to sharing newsworthy stories from media sources, Chad is willing to work with you to write article content for eClips, if it is pertinent to the industry and all sectors involved. Join the conversation today! 


Developing Skills and Advancing the Industry through Education

Focus on Tourism Education Workshops: Gain skills and knowledge to remain sharp on the job and to increase the bottom line of your organization though four annual workshops designed with industry needs in mind. Discounted for OTA Members     
      

Ohio Conference on Travel: Learn new skills, hear about trends in the industry, and connect to others in the industry during Ohio's annual state tourism conference. Discounted for OTA Members

The Perfect Pitch: Learn how to increase your effectiveness at getting in front of potential customers through media relations training. Held odd-years. Discounted for OTA Members  
            

Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy: Strengthen your leadership skills and knowledge of Ohio's tourism industry, or build the talents of your promising employees, through this six-month training program designed to develop strong leaders and advocates for Ohio's travel industry. Discounted for OTA Members        
     

OTA Blog: Pick up quick tips in human resources and management, marketing and public relations, budgeting and finance, and advocacy.       


Connecting Buyers to Sellers

Heartland Travel Showcase: Increase your sales to group tour buyers through this 12-state marketplace, the nation's largest regional group tour buying experience. Discounted for OTA Members
       

Sponsorship Opportunities: As a supplier to the tourism industry, get your product or service in front of Ohio's tourism industry through various sponsorship opportunities throughout the year.             


Saving Your Business Money, Saving You Money

Aside from discounts at events and educational programs, OTA members can save through the following programs:

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BWC Premium Discounts
: OTA has partnered with CareWorksComp, Ohio’s largest workers’ compensation, risk consulting and claims management service provider to maximize insurance premium savings. Average savings for OTA members is $5,000 per year.       
   

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National Purchasing Partners (NPP):  OTA haspartnered with NPP to save both you and your organization money through discount pricing on wireless service, office supplies, electronics and more!

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TIP Program (Travel Industry Privileges) Program
 is a unique member-to-member discount program focused on experiences and perks that are only available to those in the Ohio travel industry. Get the inside TIP, discover the world in your own backyard, and have fun while saving money!                


Job Postings
: Find candidates for professional, seasonal and/or academic positions. $50 per position for a three-month listing. No charge for members


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 Presents: Tourism Day with ODNR
Get to know the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, as they offer important tools and resources that include grants, experiences, destinations and networking opportunities. Every August, OTA members attend the Ohio State Fair for free and bring along a plus one person as a potential OTA member to learn about networking opportunities with ODNR.


Protecting and Advancing the Industry's Interests

Advocacy Voice: As your watchdog, OTA monitors and addresses policies at the local, state and federal levels that impacts your ability to do business.


Advocacy Partner
: Call on OTA to help when local, state or federal issues emerge involving your business. We'll work with you to rally resources, provide strategy ideas and stand beside you for change. 


Legislative Alerts
: Stay informed on pending changes in policies, rules and regulations with these emails sent as needed. Receive instructions and tools to take action to help us protect our industry's interests, such as defeating a statewide admissions tax and increasing TourismOhio funding. 


Legislative Education and Outreach:
Learn how to establish and develop relationships, as well as communicate with your legislators. Be a part of the cohesive industry voice by participating in the biennial Ohio Tourism Legislative Day (held in odd-years through a partnership with the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association, Ohio Restaurant Association and the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus).


Strengthening Ohio's Tourism Product

Market-making Forums: Participate in discussions with other industry members and decision makers interested in the same market opportunities as your organization to build product, share resources and create tourism sales opportunities.  

Tourism Expert Assistance Mentors (TEAM): Call on OTA and its network of industry members to help solve problems and assess opportunities in your business or community. Individuals are available for consult, facilitation and speaking to your partners. Provide travel expenses

Online Ohio Tourism Resources: Access resources and information on available research, business development programs and funding opportunities. Share thoughts with others in the industry. Member-only access of the OTA website is rich in resources to make your business grow.


Recognizing Excellence

Paul Sherlock Award: Nominate your tourism hero for Ohio's top industry award. 

RUBY Awards (Recognizing Uncommon Brilliance in the Travel & Tourism Industry): This annual awards program honors those who have found the most innovative ways to market their destination or services. Discounted submission fees for OTA Members           

Emerging Leader Award: Honor budding travel leaders with under 15 years of professional experience in the industry. 


Promoting Ohio's Travel Industry

Power of Ohio Travel Speaker: Share the economic value of your business and industry within your community. Call on us to present in your local community, to your partners, or to your leadership. Please provide travel expenses.

OTA Member Logo: Demonstrate your pursuit for excellence and support of Ohio's travel industry through the use of an OTA member logo.         


Creating Opportunities for Your Input on Industry Direction

OTA Regional Meetings: Make sure your ideas and challenges are addressed, and help shape new opportunities for Ohio by participating in member-only regional dialogues held at least once a year.