To our groups and friends,
No doubt, many of you have been following the news in recent weeks and watching protesters across the country take a stand against social injustice. Columbus is no different.
As the organization that proudly promotes and encourages visitation to our city, Experience Columbus also proudly promotes the characteristics of our city that make it worth visiting, one of the most valuable of which is our diversity. Although we don’t have all the answers, we know that we can’t stay silent.
We’re proud to be among nearly 3,000 local businesses whose leaders 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. But this is just a small step. It’s just the beginning. We intend to continue to speak out against systemic racism and social injustice.
We are evaluating our itineraries and promise to incorporate more diverse offerings in the businesses we visit. We want to amplify voices of color and make it easy for you to support minority business owners in our community.
It is efforts like these that reflect the spirit of our city – collaborative, forward-thinking and eager to stand up for what matters.
Please, don’t be silent. Tell us what you want to see from us. Our voices, every single one, are what makes Columbus the city we are proud to call home.
We’re here. We’re listening. We’re determined to make a difference.
Director, Tourism Sales
COLUMBUS’ COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
Groups are important to the Columbus community. As the majority of travel around the country is currently on hold, Columbus has ensured proper health and safety protocols are in place, including a citywide mask requirement and many of Columbus’ vibrant businesses, including restaurants, attractions, shops and more, have safely reopened and are ready to welcome residents and visitors alike.
Live Forward Pledge
When you’re in Columbus, look for the Live Forward Pledge window decal to easily recognize which businesses signed a commitment to follow federal, state and local health and safety guidelines for proper reopening practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses have agreed to:
- Follow, enforce and adhere to safety guidelines outlined by the CDC, Ohio Department of Health and relevant industry organizations.
- Require that employees wear protective gear and clearly communicating expectations to guests on any requirements for them.
- Implement and enforce social distancing practices.
Find out more, including who has signed up, here.
GBAC STAR™ Accreditation
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) STAR Accreditation is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities. This performance-based accreditation program offers third-party validation to help facilities demonstrate they have the work practices, procedures and protocols to prepare, respond and recover from outbreaks and pandemics to instill confidence in customers, staff and key stakeholders. Learn more here.
Several of our city’s primary visitor touchpoints have committed pursuing this level-up pledge opportunity.
Business interested in taking this additional step can find more information here.
COVID-19 TRAVEL INDUSTRY RESOURCES
COVID-19 Resource Center
Meeting and Event Design
An updated 2020 outlook.
Recovery trends for the Lodging Industry
The Above and Beyond Foundation is providing urgent grants to hospitality industry workers who lost jobs.
COVID-19 and Travel Sentiment Survey
Ohio's safe business practices for getting back to work.
Tracking the meeting industry's response to Coronavirus
Resources by industry sector governing bodies.
U.S. Travel Tracker
The CARES Act, the relief package that delivers economic support to the travel industry.
The world may be staying home right now, but the urge to travel never goes away. When this is all over...
CAN I REBOOK MY TOUR IN COLUMBUS?
We would love to rebook you in our city for a future date. Please contact us to discuss availability for future tours.
Tour & Reunion Planners
As the fourth-fastest growing city in the country, new experiences are always being created to keep visitors engaged. The newly opened National Veterans Memorial and Museum is an only-in-Columbus opportunity to hear the stories of all our veterans, their families and the Fallen, across all branches of service and all eras of conflict. At more than 50,000 sq. ft., the facility also offers space for gatherings, ceremonies, celebrations and reunions. Groups exploring Columbus are sure to find a city full of unique experiential tours, exciting itineraries, delicious food, friendly locals and dedicated travel professionals who aim to exceed all expectations.
Let us assist you with our complimentary services. Choose from the below pages that best suits your group: