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Program Details: 

Participating in the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy is more than just learning about the Ohio travel economy and the role you play. It's also about strengthening your network with peers and existing leadership. During each session, we discuss critical regional and statewide issues with leaders from statewide public, private and nonprofit organizations. Learning occurs through panel discussions,  presentations, tours, written assignments and other activities designed to deepen your understanding of Ohio travel industry challenges and opportunities, as well as to inspire you to make a difference.   
The program consists of six classes with session locations taking place in the Greater Columbus area. Classes are held monthly from January through June. They begin at 10 am and conclude at 3 pm.
Class members have included those from attractions, museums, theme parks, DMOs, local government, state agencies, federal legislators, community development offices, restaurants, hotels and more. 

Applications for 2020 are now available. If you have any questions about the program, or if you want to make sure you are the very first to receive application notices, please contact Melinda Huntley at mhuntley@ohiotravel.org.

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Application deadline is December 13, 2019. No refunds will be accepted after January 1, 2020. Tuition cannot be transferred to another year. Subsitutions are permitted until the beginning of the first session.

2019 OTLA Group Projects

The 2019 OTLA Class group projects examined drivers with the potential to most impact the Ohio travel economy. We profiled these projects in eClips throughout the summer, but if you need a refresher, read more about their exciting work here:

Economic Conditions with Significant Potential Impact on the Tourism Industry

Virtualized Meetings and How They Could Transform the Travel Industry

Marketing & Advertising Transformation

Business Ethics in the Ohio Travel Economy

How Social Media & Next-Gen Professionals are Impacting the Future of Tourism

Addressing Diversity & Inclusion in the Travel Industry

Meet the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy Class of 2020!

OTLA Class of 2020Ashley Allen, Greater Cleveland AquariumOTLA Class of 2020Jill Jentes Banicki, Ohio Sea Grant College ProgramOTLA Class of 2020Rachel Bechtol, Coshocton County CVBOTLA Class of 2020Kim Boggs, thunder::techOTLA Class of 2020Kim Conrad, City of Grove City

OTLA Class of 2020Molly Cooper, Visit Findlay/Hancock County CVB

OTLA Class of 2020Laura Felberg, Visit Canton

OTLA Class of 2020

Mary Huttlinger, Middletown CVB

OTLA Class of 2020

Kaela Krise, Experience Columbus

OTLA Class of 2020Emily Lloyd, Butler County Visitors Bureau

OTLA Class of 2020Jeremy Naylor, COSI

OTLA Class of 2020Sara Neer, Champaign County Chamber & Visitors Bureau

OTLA Class of 2020Holly Nelson, Holmes County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

OTLA Class of 2020Margaret Price, Great Lakes Publishing

OTLA Class of 2020

C. Dava Range, Destination Cleveland

OTLA Class of 2020Brooke Robinson, Belmont County Tourism Bureau

OTLA Class of 2020Mary Beth Sills, Cambridge Main Street

OTLA Class of 2020Neil Stein, Lake County Visitors Bureau

OTLA Class of 2020Alexander Trujillo, Explore Licking County

Questions about OTLA? Contact Beatrice Mitchell at beatrice@ohiotravel.org 


Otla And Membership

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2020 Schedule

Jan. 15

Leadership and the Economy

Feb. 19

Tourism, Arts and Culture

March 11

Legislative Advocacy

April 15

Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation

May 13

Media and Communications

June 10

Historic Preservation and Heritage, Final Group Projects

October 2020  

Graduation During the Ohio Conference on Travel