BEST of US Reception

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.  The 2018 EXPY Awards will be presented along with the CTA of the Year and CTA Employer of the Year Awards: 

Best of US Reception
Monday, May 6, 2019 | 5–7 p.m. 
Ohio Union 
1739 N. High St.

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EXPY Award recipients must demonstrate outstanding support in one or more Experience Columbus strategic initiative during the previous year. These strategic initiatives are directed toward growing the local visitor industry and its economic benefit to Greater Columbus.

To qualify, nominees must meet at least one of these initiatives:  

LEAD it Home: 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 build enhancements to the destination such as meeting facilities, hotels, public art, exhibition centers, green spaces, improvements to districts and neighborhoods

EXPY Award nominations are now closed.


If you need help or have questions about your EXPY Award submission, contact Carol Allerding, director of events and sponsorship.  



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