Press Releases


Visitation to Columbus Grows to 41.9 million day and overnight visitors

July 17, 2019

New data show more visitors are staying longer in Columbus COLUMBUS – More visitors are coming to Greater Columbus and choosing to stay longer, according to data from the industry-leading... Continue Reading >>

Experience Columbus Hires Sarah Townes as VP of Marketing

May 23, 2019

Mall of America® vice president of marketing is candidate of choice COLUMBUS – Experience Columbus has named its new vice president of marketing, Sarah Townes. In her role, Townes will... Continue Reading >>

2019 State of the Visitor Industry: First Quarter Report

May 11, 2019

COLUMBUS – In conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week, an annual celebration of the industry’s $2.5 trillion impact nationally, Experience Columbus and the Greater Columbus... Continue Reading >>

Experience Columbus Honors EXPY Award Winners

April 18, 2019

COLUMBUS – Experience Columbus announced today the winners of its annual EXPY Awards, recognizing outstanding contributions by businesses, groups, organizations or individuals to the local... Continue Reading >>

Most-imaginative bartenders, award-winning distilleries and brewery boon in Columbus

March 29, 2019

Results in Wildly Creative Beverage Scene COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus breweries and distilleries are helping define what is one of the most exciting beer and cocktail scenes in the country,... Continue Reading >>

Experience Columbus Celebrates 2018 Tourism Economy Successes and ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

March 20, 2019

COLUMBUS – Experience Columbus kicked off a decade of hospitality at its 2019 Annual Meeting held today at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The organization celebrated the... Continue Reading >>

2018 State of the Visitor Industry: Year-End Report

January 30, 2019

Tourism economy to benefit from record room night production COLUMBUS – Record-breaking bed tax collections and room night production for future years resulted in a strong 2018 for the local... Continue Reading >>

2018 State of the Visitor Industry: Third Quarter Report

November 8, 2018

New hotel inventory outpaces booked rooms COLUMBUS - During the third quarter, Columbus’ hotel industry saw mixed performance in year-to-date metrics. From January through September, hotel... Continue Reading >>

Massive Somali community opens surprising experiences to Columbus visitors

October 24, 2018

Cuisine, art and history celebrated at the annual Somali Culture Festival COLUMBUS – The 2 nd annual Somali Culture Festival is slated for Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Northland Performing Arts... Continue Reading >>

Columbus Visitors Spend $7 Billion in Local Economy

September 20, 2018

New data show growth in visitor volume, economic impact and jobs COLUMBUS – The tourism economy continues to grow in Greater Columbus where the number of visitors, amount of money spent and... Continue Reading >>