Accolades

 

One of the 20 most overlooked travel cities in the U.S. │ Cheapism
Oct. 2017

“The secret might be out about Columbus by now: National Geographic says it's next in line for a hipster influx after Brooklyn, Portland, and Austin; it was also one of Money's "Best Big Cities" in 2016. Two can't-miss neighborhoods include the thriving Short North arts district and charming, historic German Village. Just outside the city there's the massive Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – considered one of the nation's best zoos.”

One of America's most tourist-friendly cities that people must visit │ Expedia
Sept. 2017 

“If food is the way to your heart, let Columbus restaurants charm and impress you. Katalina’s Café, housed in a 100-year-old gas station, has all the personality and welcoming spirit you can ask for. Nothing induces good vibes better than a perfect scoop of ice cream, and Jeni’s delivers delightful flavors such as sun-popped corn and milkiest chocolate. You can reach all the goods almost as soon as you land—AirConnect shuttles run from the airport every 30 minutes, and cost less than a Dirty Frank’s hot dog (the most affordably delicious bite in town).”

One of 11 meeting cities that sizzle and satisfy | Smart Meetings
May 2017

“The capital of Ohio is full of surprises. The nation’s 15th-largest city is a hip destination for fashion designers. It is home to the Ohio State Buckeyes and is recognized as one of the top sports towns in America. It’s situated along the confluence of major rivers and has some of the best walking and running trails in the world. It attracts college students, lawmakers, motorcycle enthusiasts, tourists and LBGTQ residents.”

One of 7 cities to watch in 2017 | Meetings & Conventions
May 2017

“The Ohio state capital's buzz-worthy status goes well beyond its acclaim for warm hospitality. With a population of 823,000, the city scores major kudos for a variety of head-turning meeting resources.”

Columbus is Convention Friendly | Smart Meetings
Nov. 2016

“There is no question that meetings business is important to Columbus. Once in the shadow of Ohio State University and the Buckeyes’ college football team, the Midwestern city was not known for much else. Tailgating at Ohio Stadium (also known as the Horseshoe) is still a big deal, drawing upward of 100,000 red-and-white-clad spectators roaring in the stands.Today, however, it’s a slightly different story. Columbus is filled with construction signs and cranes, signaling new things to come. Modern restaurants, artisan cafes and local boutiques are cropping up around neighborhoods such as the Short North.”

The #6 best city for conferences in 2016 | SmartAsset
Nov. 2016

“Columbus is the only Midwestern city that cracks the top 10. If you’re supposed to attend a conference in the city, don’t worry about running out of things to do in your spare time. In fact, according to the Census Bureau, Columbus has a higher concentration of dining and entertainment establishments than San Diego or Orlando. In the evenings, you can see a show at the Ohio Theater. And just south of downtown Columbus is German Village, a historic district with tons of bars, restaurants and shops.”

Highest in Visitor Satisfaction in the Midwest* | J.D. Power 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Study
Oct. 2016

The study measured overall satisfaction among visitors to the top 50 U.S. travel destinations for business or leisure based on six factors: activities, cost and fees, food and beverage, infrastructure, lodging and travel/arrival. Columbus scored 799 points on a 1,000-point scale, performing particularly well in the infrastructure; food and beverage and cost and fees factors.

Named 7 out of the 18 Most Underrated Cities in the U.S. │Conde Nast Traveler
Sept. 2016

“Pity the traveler who writes this off as a college town. Columbus is a booming capital with more than 800,000 citizens. It helps if you like college football (go Buckeyes!), but even if you don’t there are still plenty of worthwhile diversions. CBUS has a bike-sharing program, a lushly landscaped botanical garden, and a stellar food hall and farmers market (Hot Chicken Takeover at North Market has hour-long waits for a reason). You can chomp into authentic tube meat at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus in historic German Village or cruise the hip Short North neighborhood, where buzzy restaurants like Condado Tacos and unique shops like Samson Emporium and T. David Collection, a heritage men's clothing and vintage barware emporium, abound.” —Ashlea Halpern

One of five foodie cities [that] leave a mouthwatering mark | Meetings Today
July 2016

“Along with recognition for its Food Truck Festival and ice cream, 2016 culinary accolades for Ohio’s capital city include its emerging coffee and distillery scenes.”

second-tier city on the rise | Successful Meetings
July 2016

“Second-tier cities are really stepping up, and Columbus is one of them. There are museums, theaters, professional sports teams, cultural diversity, a focus on being green, and foodie delights.”

Columbus Coffee Trail one of 3 must-follow food trails | PCMA Convene
May 2016

“Like most places, Columbus, has a few quirks that make it unique: German Village. James Thurber’s old house. And an unusually high number of coffee roasters.”

One of 15 Great Cities to Meet In | Smart Meetings 
May 2016

“There’s a palatable energy and excitement in Columbus, the capital and largest city in Ohio. Artisan food producers, imaginative chefs, nationally acclaimed distilleries and coffee roasters combine to deliver an impressive foodie scene. Neighborhoods throughout Columbus are exploding with new places to shop, and artists are shaping new areas of the city into dynamic spaces to explore. Columbus Museum of Art just added a spectacular new wing, and the Scioto Mile project has put 33 acres of new riverfront parkland in the heart of downtown.”

One of 6 LGBT-friendly cities | Connect
March 2016

“Few destinations are as welcoming as Ohio’s capital city.”

 

 

 

 

*Columbus, OH received the highest numerical score among 8 cities in the Midwest in the J.D. Power 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Study, based on 26,124 total responses, measuring the experiences and perceptions of travelers who visited a top 50 U.S. destination, surveyed February-July 2016. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.