2017 EXPY Award Nominations

The Experience Columbus EXPY Awards recognize outstanding contributions by businesses, groups, organizations or individuals to the local hospitality industry and/or the Greater Columbus visitor experience. EXPY winners demonstrate the best of US and serve as role models for creativity and collaboration. They bring awareness to the importance of the local visitor industry and the economic activity it generates. 


Award recipients must demonstrate outstanding support in one or more Experience Columbus Strategic Initiatives during the previous year. These Strategic Initiatives are directed toward growing the local visitor industry and its economic benefit to Greater Columbus and include:


  • Make it Columbus – nominees must be local businesses, associations, government entities or individuals who have successfully worked to bring meetings, conventions, trade shows and sporting events to Columbus
  • Collaborative Brand Marketing – nominees must be community partners who have developed and promoted the Columbus image and brand outside Central Ohio with demonstrated measurable results
  • Enhanced Visitor Experience – nominees must be organizations, attractions and events that have created a vibrant, fun, enlightening and/or educational experience for visitors through creative programming, exhibitions and events that have attracted incremental numbers of visitors. (Note: Established events are awarded EXPYs only during years when they have celebrated anniversaries or other important milestones.)
  • Connectivity – nominees must be entities that have made significant contributions to the ease of getting visitors to and around Greater Columbus
  • Infrastructure – nominees must be entities that have made significant built enhancements to the destination such as meeting facilities, hotels, public art, exhibition centers, green spaces, improvements to districts and neighborhoods

Nomination forms are accepted from the public and selections will be by an advisory committee comprised of Experience Columbus staff and executive members of its Board of Directors.


The 2017 Experience Columbus EXPY Awards will be presented at the 2017 Experience Columbus Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 15, 2018.  EXPY Nominations are now closed.