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Ohio Travel Association Year in Review

Looking Back at 2018 and What's in Store for 2019


By working together, Ohio's travel economy is strong, equipped and profitable. 

The Ohio Travel Association's mission is clear - we provide businesses and organizations who depend on a strong travel economy with an industry-led forum for creating change and making good things happen. Large or small, rural or urban, north or south - those supporting our work through membership are those who make this industry one of the top in the state. The OTA Board and staff thank you for an epic year of support and engagement. 

Here's a quick glimpse at just some of the achievements and activities over the last year. We've listed activities under our three primary goals to show you how the OTA board continues to focus on strategies you've told us are most important.

The Ohio travel industry is strong because of local, state and federal policies that provide opportunities for businesses and communities to flourish.

Ohio's travel economy is equipped to handle an ever-changing environment through a trained workforce, educated leadership and informed members and stakeholders

Ohio's travel economy generates even more economic impact, jobs and tax revenues because we have focused on the quality of our experiences, added new ones, and connected with buyers.

What's Next?

The OTA Board is focused on what matters most to you. As 2019 is a budget year in Columbus, we anticipate the introduction of tax policies that may not be best for our business. With the November election, it will also mean changing priorities at all levels. That means we will have to make sure new officials are well-aware of the importance of travel to Ohio, that we protect those programs that are important to our industry and that these efforts have minimum disruption with the changing of the guard. We will also be ensuring that TourismOhio has the level of funding they need to be competitive. 

Our education efforts will continue to be a priority, as we offer new workshops and opportunities for you to stay relevant and to learn from one another. The Ohio Conference on Travel will be in Butler County next year, so we are really looking forward to that adventure. We will also be working with the Ohio Department of Education through the Ohio Business Coalition for Education, as well as through working directly with program leaders that are creating new tools for career awareness and building the career readiness of Ohioans. Look for more board development opportunities as well, a direct result of our survey this fall. And, of course, our Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy launches again in January. We are accepting applications for this program now.  

Heartland Travel Showcase is in Detroit, and we are excited about the new tour operators already registered. We'll be going into communities throughout southwest and southeast Ohio to develop a tourism strategy for World Heritage designation, and we will be supporting our partners at the Ohio History Connection as they complete the nomination dossier. 

We invite you to reach out to us at any time with thoughts or ideas. You can reach out directly to your regional representatives who serve on the OTA board, or contact Melinda Huntley at We'd love to hear from you.   

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