An Open Letter to the Industry
The tourism industry is not immune to race-related problems. We’ve been silent for too long. Now, it’s time for dialogue. It’s time for action. Read this open letter to the travel industry signed by Experience Columbus’ Dan Williams and 20 other African-American CVB executives from around the country to understand what you can do to help inspire change for the better. It’s time.
COLUMBUS’ COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
Meetings and conventions are important to the Columbus community. As the majority of travel around the country is currently on hold, Columbus has ensured proper health and safety protocols are in place, including a citywide mask requirement and many of Columbus’ vibrant businesses, including restaurants, attractions, shops and more, have safely reopened and are ready to welcome residents and visitors alike.
Live Forward Pledge
When you’re in Columbus, look for the Live Forward Pledge window decal to easily recognize which businesses signed a commitment to follow federal, state and local health and safety guidelines for proper reopening practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses have agreed to:
- Follow, enforce and adhere to safety guidelines outlined by the CDC, Ohio Department of Health and relevant industry organizations.
- Require that employees wear protective gear and clearly communicating expectations to guests on any requirements for them.
- Implement and enforce social distancing practices.
Find out more, including who has signed up, here.
GBAC STAR™ Accreditation
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) STAR Accreditation is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities. This performance-based accreditation program offers third-party validation to help facilities demonstrate they have the work practices, procedures and protocols to prepare, respond and recover from outbreaks and pandemics to instill confidence in customers, staff and key stakeholders. Learn more here.
Several of our city’s primary visitor touchpoints have committed pursuing this level-up pledge opportunity.
Business interested in taking this additional step can find more information here.
Columbus, the 14th largest city in the United States as well as the fastest-growing city in the Midwest, is a smart and open community with a dynamic convention package that can fit the needs of any group. Located within a one-day drive or one-hour flight from more than half of the U.S. population, Columbus is easily accessible for all. Learn More.
Columbus is proud to have been selected to host PCMA’s Convening Leaders in 2023. Known as one of the nation’s most creative, forward-thinking and exciting cities, we look forward to showing thousands of attendees how Columbus is transforming meetings.
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No matter where you are in your planning process, our highly skilled team of dedicated professionals is here to make your next meeting, conference, trade show or event in Columbus a success.