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To our clients and friends, 

As the organizations that proudly promote and encourage visitation to our city, Experience Columbus and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission also proudly promote the characteristics of our city that make it worth visiting, one of the most valuable of which is our diversity. When members of our city are in pain, we are all in pain. Although we don’t have all the answers, we know that we can’t stay silent.    

As we reflect on the past year, we are proud of how individuals, businesses and leaders around Columbus are working toward ways that our community can productively and peacefully take action against racism and social injustice. Experience Columbus and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission are proud to be among nearly 3,000 local business leaders who have signed a petition for Columbus City Council to declare racism a public health crisis and are pleased that Ohio is on its way to being the first state to make said declaration. We intend to continue to find ways to speak out against systemic racism and social injustice, and we know it is efforts like these that reflect the spirit of our city – collaborative, forward-thinking and eager to stand up for what matters.  

To our partners: please don’t be silent. We encourage you to engage in the local conversations that so many have already started. Our voices, every single one, are what makes Columbus the city we are proud to call home.   

We’re here. We’re listening. And we want to help. 

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Brian Ross
President and CEO


Five Questions About Race

Dan Williams, vice president, convention sales and services, and six other Black tourism leaders answered ‘5 Questions About Race’ in a video that premiered during the virtual Destinations International Annual Convention session 'Why Race Matters." Learn more about the initiative and check out the honest conversation on the state of the world below.


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.