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

Experience Columbus’ Taylor Savage Named One of 30 Future Leaders by Destinations International

Media Contacts: Leah Berger, APR, CTA: | 614-222-6145 Experience Columbus National Sales Manager Taylor Savage, DES, CTA, CFMP, was recently named one of Destinations International’s 2022 30 Under 30

Columbus Helps Meetings Go Green with Unique Sustainability Offerings

Media Contacts: Leah Berger, APR, CTA: | 614-222-6145 As trade and professional organizations across the country return to in-person conventions, conferences and meetings in 2022, Ohio’s capital city

The Ohio State University Introduces Free Online Course on Infection Prevention

With increased need to help keep public spaces safer, course enhances professional knowledge. READ MORE

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...

CVB Staffs Become Infectious Disease Experts

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


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

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

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.

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

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

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

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