2017 Ohio Conference on Travel Schedule
Oct. 31 - Nov. 2

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Tuesday, October 31



8 am - 6 pm



Silent Auction Onsite Viewing
Sponsored by Dispatch Media Group

4 pm - 6 pm

Visit Exhibit Booths

4:30 - 5 pm

Ohio Conference on Travel Orientation for First-Timers

5 - 6 pm

Opening Reception
Sponsored by Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel and Suites

6 - 8:45 pm

Ohio Travel Industry Leadership Dinner
Sponsored by Akron/Summit CVB

- State of the Association Address
Jodi Burroughs, Ohio Travel Association President

- Paul Sherlock Legend in Ohio Travel Award
   Sponsored by TravelHost

- Live Auction
   Sponsored by Dispatch Media Group
Susan Johnson, Auctioneer

Silent Auction Final Bidding and Payout
   Immediately Following Dinner
   Sponsored by Dispatch Media Group

Wednesday, November 1



6 - 7 am


8 am - 5 pm

Registration Open

Visit Exhibit Booths

8 - 9 am 

Sponsored by Meredith Travel Marketing/Midwest Living

9 - 10 am

Latest Tips and Trends in Digital Travel Marketing 
Jim Brody, Sense of Place

10 - 10:15 am

Morning Break
Sponsored by Longwoods International USA

10:15 - 11:30 am

Breakout Sessions:

1. Getting Creative with Online Content
    Jim Brody, Sense of Place

2. Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace and Your
    Marketing Efforts

3. Wage and Hour Laws Every Travel Professional
    Needs to Know

    Paul Bittner, IceMiller

11:50 am - 12:55 pm

RUBY Awards and Luncheon

Sponsored by Ohio Magazine

M.C. by Heather Pollock, The University of Akron

1 - 1:25 pm

Ohio Travel Association Annual Meeting

1:30 - 1:50 pm

Ice Cream Break
Sponsored by AD-RACK

1:50 - 2:50 pm

Traversing the Disruption
Bill Geist, DMOProz

2:55 - 4 pm

Breakout Sessions:

1. Developing a Message that Resonates - Explaining
    the Importance of Destination Marketing and the
    Visitor Economy to Non-Believers

    Bill Geist, DMOProz

2. Strengthening Marketing Partnerships: What
    Attractions and DMOs Need from Each Other
    Tami Brown, Greater Cleveland Aquarium
    Gailmarie Fort, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
    Tina Knotts, Union County CVB
    Gregg Mervis, Akron/Summit CVB
    Wendy Zucal, Dennison Railroad Depot Museum
    Sponsored by Fahlgren Mortine

How to Make Your Customer Data Work for You
 Tim Baumgardner, Advance 360
    Kami Kennedy, Advance 360
    Jeff Leitch, Advance 360

4:05 - 5:10 pm

Travel Policy Forum

5:10 - 5:30 pm

Ohio Travel Association Board Meeting

6 - 10 pm

Masquerade Party at Greystone Hall

Entertainment Sponsored by:
Madden Media

Dinner Sponsored by:
Clinton County CVB
Delaware County CVB
Destination Toledo
Explore Licking County

Explore Trumbull County Ohio
Hocking Hills Tourism Association
Portsmouth-Scioto County Visitors Bureau
Ross-Chillicothe CVB
Union County CVB
Visit Athens County Ohio
Visit Grove City
Visit Greater Springfield

Thursday, November 2



6 - 7 am


8:45 am


Sponsored by Lake Erie Shores & Islands and Cedar Point

9 - 11:30 am

General Session

- Ohio Travel Association Installment of New

- Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy Graduation
   Sponsored by Ohio Sea Grant College Program

- Ohio Travel Industry Emerging Leader Award

- Lead Bright: Managing Energy Not Time
  Jane Howard, Culture Effect

11:30 am

Thank You and Closing

11:30 am - Noon

Ohio Travel Association Board Meeting