2018 Ohio Conference on Travel
Sept. 25 - 27






Lakeside Dining Room


DMO Bootcamp

Sponsored by Fahlgren Mortine


Reception & Ohio Travel Industry Leadership Dinner

Sponsored by Lake Erie Shores & Islands

TourismOhio Update by Matt MacLaren, Director
State of The Association by Rich Nachazel, OTA President
Paul Sherlock Award Presentation - Sponsored by TravelHost
Live Auction to Benefit Industry Education - Sponsored by Dispatch Media Group & ThriveHive





Beach Yoga

Beginners welcome!



Lakeside Dining Room


Visit Our Sponsor Showcase


Meet the Candidates and Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by Midwest Living & Meredith Travel Marketing


Keynote - 2020 Focus: What Tourism Leaders are Thinking about Now

Hannah Paramore, Paramore Digital


Networking and Sponsor Showcase Break

Sponsored by Longwoods International


Breakout Sessions

Measuring Your Successes: How to Present Marketing Data and Content - Hannah Paramore, Paramore Digital & James O'Brien, O+D|P
Sponsored by Travel Spike

Hooking the Leisure Traveler - Shifting Your Marketing Techniques Through Voice Search - John Daters, Ripple Effect Interactive & Bryan Edwards, Lake Eire Shores & Islands

Play Ball! Get in the Sports Tourism Game - Linda Logan, Greater Columbus Sports Commission; Jenn Cartmille, Greater Columbus Sports Commission; Ben Huffman, Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Michael Mulhall, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission


Networking and Sponsor Showcase Break


RUBY Awards Luncheon

Sponsored by Ohio Magazine


Ohio Travel Association Annual Meeting


Networking and Sponsor Showcase Break

Sponsored by Ad-Rack


Breakout Sessions

A Leadership Playbook for the Travel Industry: How to Create Success with 10 Attributes of Winning Teams - Tami Brown, Greater Cleveland Aquarium; Larry Fletcher, Lake Erie Shores & Islands; Jim Mahon, Akron/Summit County CVB;  Jason McClure, Cedar Point; Pooja Desai, Best Western Plus West Akron Inn & Suites

Bringing the Experience to the Audience: How to Leverage Engaging Video to Connect, Convince and Convert - Craig Israel & Madison Letizia, thunder::tech

Trails, Go Beyond Your Borders - Jeff Crowe, Heaven Hill Distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail ; Elizabeth Connor, Great Miami Riverway; Melinda Huntley, Ohio Travel Association


 Idea Exchange

Gain insight and share experiences related to five different top travel issues and opportunities


 Travel Economy Policy Forum

Hear the latest on key legislative issues swirling around Columbus and D.C.



On Point: A Night In the Park- Rides, Relationships & Raucous Fun!

Sponsored by: Cedar Point, Ross-Chillicothe CVB, Explore Licking County, Greater Springfield CVB, Explore Hocking Hills, Miami County CVB, Portsmouth Scioto CVB, Sandusky County CVB, Destination Delaware, Visit Gahanna, Visit Grove City, Cincinnati USA CVB, Athens County CVB

Enjoy a private party in Cedar Point's Frontierland from 6 to 8 p.m. There's no better way to network than while screaming down a roller coaster or maneuvering an antique car. In addition to food and beverage stations, Steel Vengeance, Maverick, antique cars and swing rides will be open. Following our Frontierland festivities, we'll move the party to the Cedar Point beach for an evening of open fire pits, s'mores, music and dancing. These events are restricted to Ohio Conference on Travel attendees, and you must be 21 years of age or older to participate.


Bonfire, S'mores and Music on the Beach!

S'mores sponsored by Long's Retreat

Entertainment Sponsored by Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Roast marshmallows as we toast to another successful year in the industry and dance under the stars during this one-of-a-kind blowout beach party.




Beach Yoga

Beginners welcome!


Leadership and Networking Breakfast

Sponsored by Butler County CVB & Cincinnati Marriott North

Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy Graduation - Sponsored by OSU Ohio Sea Grant
Installation of New Ohio Travel Association President, Tami Brown, Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Emerging Leader Award

Keynote - Leading a Culture of Service Excellence

Dennis Snow, Snow & Associates