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Columbus Convention News

View a compilation of recent news stories that have featured Columbus below.

Experience Columbus Vice President of Sales Joins Black Travel Leaders to Address Systemic Racism

Dan Williams answers ‘5 questions about race’ in video premiering at Destinations International’s annual travel industry conference COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following the death of George Floyd and the overwhelming response nationwide, Experience Columbus

The GBAC STAR Accreditation and What It Means for Planners

If you’ve read any reopening plans recently—whether for hotels, convention centers or entire destinations—it’s likely you’ve come across a line or two that mentions a commitment to earn the GBAC STAR accreditation. Unveiled in May in response to...

WHAT THE MEETINGS INDUSTRY GETS WRONG ABOUT DIVERSITY—AND HOW TO FIX IT

The unjust killing of Black American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 by a police officer has sparked nationwide protests over civil injustice. Amid a time when the events industry was already struggling with great change, due to forced event

CVB Staffs Become Infectious Disease Experts

Destinations like St. Louis and Columbus work with local venues and and establishments to demonstrate a commitment to health and safety. READ MORE

A World of Good: Destinations Respond to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis is bringing out the best in destinations — and the people in them. As the global fight to contain the pandemic continues, companies are shifting production priorities to make personal protective equipment (PPE), cities are

CVBs Provide Virtual FAMs for Planners

CVBs come to the planners to try to book new business while the country remains on COVID-19 lockdown. READ MORE

Check Out Ohio’s Big Three

Groups can add some beauty to the world with the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Butterfly Release Program. The Columbus experience allows participants to release a newly emerged butterfly into the gardens. The colorful experience

10 Meetings Destinations on the Rise

Columbus is more than just the capital of the Buckeye State--it also has been named a winner of the 2018 Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, has been recognized as a top destination for solo female travelers and is one of the most

Ohio Offers Attendees State-of-the-Art Facilities With Small-Town Charm

Columbus is the capital of Ohio and also holds the distinction of being its largest and fastest-growing community. “People often think of us as a small city, but we’re not,” says Lexi Sweet, CTA, public relations manager for Experience Columbus.

Site Inspection: Columbus Experiences

Ohio’s capital, Columbus, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The forward-thinking momentum that brought Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and L. Brands (Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works) to town is reflected in the meetings

PCMA Picks Columbus for 2023 Convening Leaders Convention

The Columbus Convening Leaders will be held January 8-11, 2023, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Columbus has risen in prominence as a meetings destination in the last year, having hosted the 2019 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition. The

Upgrades and Openings: Hilton Columbus Downtown

Hilton Columbus Downtown broke ground on a 28-story tower to create the first 1,000-room convention hotel in the city. Combined with the existing hotel, there will be 75,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel will be the largest in Ohio when it

Debut of the Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown introduces new offerings for events

As the 14th largest city in the U.S., and recently named by the New York Times as one of the "52 Places to Visit in 2019," Columbus, carries with it an energy and excitement that travelers seem to pick up on as soon as they arrive. From the artsy

PCMA Announces Transformational Sites for Convening Leaders

Caesars Entertainment to host 2022 event in Las Vegas; Columbus, Ohio in 2023 PCMA, the world’s largest platform for business events professionals, announced today that its flagship Convening Leaders event will be hosted by Caesars Entertainment at

Planner Ideas from IMEX Day 2

When the meetings industry meets in Las Vegas, news is in the air. Destinations and hotels took the opportunity to talk with event professionals to make numerous announcements. The Smart Meetings team walked the floors and brought back these reports.