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 CDPledge lockupC, 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™ Accreditationgbac 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.

columbus regional airport authority logo COTA Logo Courtyard by Marriott Logo FPC Logo grand event center logo
Greater Columbus Convention Center Hilton Columbus Downtown Hyatt Place Logo hyatt logo  

Business interested in taking this additional step can find more information here.

 

COVID-19 Information

bluebannerColumbus: Your Next Meeting Destination

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.

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  • 1.8 million sq. ft.
  • 373,000 sq. ft. contiguous exhibit space
  • 75 meeting rooms
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By 2022:

  • 5,000+ hotel rooms downtown
  • 2,700 hotel rooms connected/adjacent to Greater Columbus Convention Center
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  • 40+ nonstop destinations
  • 150+ daily departures
  • 10 minutes from downtown

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PCMA Convening Leader January 8-11, 2023Columbus 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.

See how we showed attendees of ASAE’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition that more is possible in Columbus, and find out what to expect during Convening Leaders 2023. 

Will your group be next?

Contact us or submit an RFP now.

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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.

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