Please scroll down to see the complete event schedule for Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday.

thursday, oct. 17

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Yoga

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Open
Sponsored by Longwoods International

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Breakfast
Sponsored by Meredith Travel & Midwest Living

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Rules for Travel on Life’s Greatest Adventure: Making the Most of Your Personal & Professional Journey
Tami Evans, Keynote Speaker

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Break / Visit Exhibitor Booths

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
(Breakout Sessions #1 - 3 will be held from 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM. When registering, you will be asked to choose one.).

Breakout Session #1
Let’s Take the Wheel! Driving Exceptional Group Travel Experiences and Marketing
Melinda Huntley, Ohio Travel Association

Breakout Session #2
SEO Part 2 - The Basics and the Myths Continued
Bryan Hoban, 829 Studios

Breakout Session #3
How to Work With Influencers
Nicholas Dekker, Breakfast with Nick
Sponsored by Fahlgren Mortine

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
Break / Visit Exhibitor Booths

11:50 AM - 12:55 PM
RUBY Awards & Lunch
Sponsored by Ohio Magazine

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Ohio Travel Association Annual Meeting

1:35 PM - 2:00 PM
Afternoon Break
Sponsored by AD-RACK

2:05 PM - 3:00 PM
(Breakout Sessions #4 - 6 will be held from 2:05 PM - 3:00 PM. When registering, you will be asked to choose one).

Breakout Session #4
Removing Barriers Through Authentic Communication
Ceci Dadisman, FORM
Sponsored by Travel Spike

Breakout Session #5
Building the Capacity for Change
Andrew Overbeck, MKSK Studios

Breakout Session #6
The Sharing Economy. Friend or Foe? Including Airbnb Lodging Tax Collection & Remittance
Paige Alost, Leslie Graf, Joe Savarise, & Tonja Marshall

3:05 PM - 3:30 PM
Break / Visit Exhibitor Booths

3:35 PM - 4:30 PM
The Asheville Story: The Path to Becoming one of the World’s Best Destinations
Marla Tambellini, Keynote Speaker
Sponsored by Butler County Visitors Bureau

5:50 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday Evening Event:
Game On! Nothing revs up the Ohio travel industry more than a little competition. Enjoy dinner, drinks and dancing at The Main Event, where we’ll compete in laser tag, billiards, bowling and gravity ropes. Partake in the adventures, or just laugh at your peers who do. Shuttle Transportation provided from hotel lobby from 5:50 PM - 9:15 PM. Wristbands will be distributed on buses.
Sponsored by: Athens County CVB, Cincinnati USA CVB, COSI, Destination Toledo, Explore Licking County, Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Hocking Hills Association, Medina County CVB, Visit Canton, Long’s Retreat Family Resort, Visit Grove City, & Visit Greater Springfield.


 

Wednesday, Oct. 16

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Registration Open
Sponsored by Longwoods International

10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
The Great Whodonnit! Solving the Mystery of Digital Marketing Digital Learning Lab*
Sponsored by 829 Studios
*Space is limited. Separate fee required.

12:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Silent Auction Bidding
Sponsored by Dispatch Media Group: Thrive Hive

4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
High Rollers Club VIP Live Auction
Sponsored by Dispatch Media Group: Thrive Hive

5:30 PM - 5:55 PM
New Attendee Orientation

5:50 PM - 6:40 PM
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Cincinnati Marriott North & Butler County Visitors Bureau

6:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Ohio Travel Leadership Dinner Gala
Sponsored by Cincinnati Marriott North & Butler County Visitors Bureau

Paul Sherlock Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsored by TravelHost

8:15 PM - 9:00 PM
Silent Auction Final Bidding
Sponsored by Dispatch Media Group: Thrive Hive


Friday, Oct. 18

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Yoga

8:30 AM - 9:50 AM
Breakfast / Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy Graduation / Installment of New OTA President / Emerging Leader Award Winner
Breakfast Sponsored by Wayne County CVB; OTLA Sponsored by Ohio Sea Grant; Emerging Leader Award Sponsored by Sojern

9:50 AM - 11:30 AM
Consumer Insights & Innovative Sales Strategies in an Increasingly Digital World
Jake Myers, Keynote Speaker

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Closing


Schedule subject to change.