48 Hours in Columbus, Ohio

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Arriving in Columbus, Ohio, on a Tuesday evening in late September, I was looking forward to a quiet evening in before a two-day press trip hosted by Experience Columbus officially began the next day.

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Major Meeting Venues: Ohio

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Located within two blocks of local transportation hubs, such as Bell Connector Streetcar; National Historic Landmark restored to its 1930s art-deco design; Orchids at Palm Court is Ohio’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant; 561 guest rooms; 40,423 sq. In the heart of Ohio’s capitol; 7.3

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Ohio is the New Comeback Destination

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Ohio is making a comeback as a meetings and tourism destination. All four cities are on the rise, as more companies view Ohio as a great destination for doing business. Ohio’s capitol is the 15th-largest U.S. Greater Columbus Convention Center, Ohio.

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How Destination Cleveland Engages the Whole Community During Conventions

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More than 3,500 members of the American Bus Association (ABA) gathered in Cleveland, Ohio, this past January for the organization’s Annual Meeting & Marketplace, an event Destination Cleveland’s CEO, David Gilbert, called the “Super Bowl for travel and tourism.”

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How to Organize an Opening Ceremony

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At the recent IKEA opening event which took place in Ohio, the first 44 customers received free couches and the next 100 – free chairs. Ribbon cutting is boring. If you want to ensure a large turnout at your opening event, you should switch on the creativity.

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Using a Science-Based Approach to Avoiding Event Disaster

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He researches these topics as a professor at the Ohio State University. On this episode of Event TALK we are speaking with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, the Disaster Avoidance Expert, about how meeting and event planners can use science to avoid disaster.

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Akron Leverages Location

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Ohio ’s fifth largest city grew to prominence as a 20th-century tire-and-rubber empire (Goodyear still has its headquarters there). Further Reading: Meetings of the Heartland: Ohio and Indiana. Akron Civic Theatre. It’s shaping up to be a very good year for Akron.

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Planners Reveal Their Most Surprising Site Visits

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One of the most surprising destinations for me was Columbus, Ohio. Event managers share what cities and meeting properties have impressed them with pleasantly surprising site visits. “I I have never been more surprised than when I toured Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is truly a hidden gem, tucked away in a residential community. Its grounds are tropical, and then you have your own walk out to a private beach. We have booked an event there for 2017.

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Using a Science-Based Approach to Avoiding Event Disaster

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He researches these topics as a professor at the Ohio State University. On this episode of Event TALK we are speaking with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, the Disaster Avoidance Expert, about how meeting and event planners can use science to avoid disaster. Listen to show host Al Wynant and guest Dr. Tsipursky discuss the following: How meeting and event professionals can apply science-based decision-making and emotional and social intelligence to their industry.

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Inclusive Cities are Thriving

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The report also outlines what four cities that improved their racial and economic inclusion during their economic recovery — Columbus, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Lowell, Massachusetts; and Midland, Texas — share in common.

4 Cities That Will Change Your Perception of the Midwest

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Louis; and four cities in Ohio. If your mental image of the Midwest is more cornfields and gravel roads than world-class museums and fine dining, it’s time to get to know the region a little better.

Connecting Columbus

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But I am in Columbus, Ohio, for a press trip and I thought of Speck and his book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save American, One Step at a Time. . It has been a while since we talked to Jeff Speck about the relationship between convention centers, meeting attendees, and walkable downtowns.

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5 Smart Moves at Kimpton, Miraval, Hilton and More

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Kristina Schreck Ohio native Kristina Schreck was named director of catering at Kimpton Solamar Hotel, in San Diego.

The Phoenix

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Built in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1893, The Phoenix boasts features like a stunning white marble staircase, Tiffany glass, and a hand-carved library breakfront. From weddings and corporate soirees to catering parties and other special events galore, The Phoenix is a historic (and legendary) venue. The Phoenix has three decades of experience hosting private events — Lauren Melloan, their lead coordinator, joined the venue one year ago as an event coordinator.

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Save $100 on Adrian Segar’s first 1½ day participation techniques workshop!

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De-de Mulligan, CMP, CMM, former Director of Education, Ohio MPI Chapter. I’m excited!

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National Association for College Admission Counseling National Conference

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National Association for College Admission Counseling National Conference Sep 18–20, 2016 Greater Columbus Convention Center Columbus, Ohio. CHALLENGES   Renovations at the Greater Columbus Convention Center have kept the planning team on their toes leading up to the big event.

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Planning for a Secure RNC in Cleveland

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“They interface with the Secret Service, the city of Cleveland, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.”.

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An Honest Discussion on Race, Culture and Meetings

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We called on five veteran hospitality professionals (shown in order from left below) for their takes on diversity in the events industry and society as a whole: Dan Williams, v ice president of convention sales at Experience Columbus (Ohio); Wanda Collier Wilson, p resident and CEO at Jackson (Mississippi) CVB ; Fabian J. If ever there was a time for an honest discussion on diversity, it’s now.

How Columbus Lured IFLA Back to the U.S. After 16 Years

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in 2016, Pat Losinski, CEO of Columbus Metropolitan Library in Ohio, knew the time was now or never. The last time the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) met in the United States, its general conference and assembly convened in Boston in 2000. Founded in Scotland in the 1920s, IFLA is an organization of library leaders that represents the library and information services profession around the world.

Celebrating Oktoberfest in the U.S.

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Cincinnati, Ohio. Columbus, Ohio. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio). The German heritage of Southwest Ohio is celebrated with authentic food, drinks and music. Strap on your lederhosen and fill up your beer boots—Oktoberfest has officially arrived! Since the event started in early 19th century Munich, Oktoberfest has exploded into the world’s biggest “people’s festival,” or Volksfest.

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14 Shades of PMSI President Marty Bear

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Ohio State was playing Florida in the football title game, so my first colored outfit was orange and blue. To event professionals, PMSI President Marty Bear isn’t recognizable without his trademark pink or green or yellow or lavender—well, you get the point—outfits. His colorful attire is a marketing tool that’s gone viral in the industry. Connect caught up with Bear to talk about what goes into brightening each meeting he attends. How did the color phenomenon begin?

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Soft targets: 8 steps to protect participants

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However, since the Nice Attack, there have been similar incidents at Ohio State University as well as in Berlin, Jerusalem, the United Kingdom (Westminster) and Stockholm. It started with the Bastille Day attack in Nice almost a year ago.

“The Real Farmville”

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To start, he had a fantastic resource practically in his backyard: the Chef’s Garden, a Huron, Ohio–based sustainable farming operation that custom- grows produce for Levy as well as top restaurants from New York to Florida to Arizona. The Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

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Guns and Meetings: What You Need to Know Now

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In Ohio, for example, it shows that concealed handguns can be carried with a permit, but that handguns and long guns can be carried openly. Hands up! How many are packin’ today? In today’s America, some of you undoubtedly are (and feel strongly it’s your right to do so).

San Antonio No. 1 Among Best Cities for Conferences

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Columbus, Ohio , ranks No. Columbus, Ohio, 7. Cities with the largest convention centers and most hotels aren’t always the best cities for conferences.

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Interviews with Planners – Selena Browning

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Working in her parent's restaurant, waiting tables while she earned her degree from Ohio State University, groomed Selena for success in the hospitality industry.

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Interviews with Planners – Selena Vasquez-Browning

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Working in her parent's restaurant, waiting tables while she earned her degree from Ohio State University, groomed Selena for success in the hospitality industry.

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How to Save Money on Event Rentals with These 6 Steps

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She has been published in Social Media Today, Tech Patio, Evvnt, MPI Ohio’s DEFINE magazine, Crain’s Cleveland Business and Crain’s New York Business. If you’re like me when planning a meeting or event, the rentals portion of the budget can consume all of your time and energy.

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South Bend Invests in Meetings

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Further Reading: Meetings of the Heartland: Ohio and Indiana. Hilton Garden Inn South Bend. South Bend, Indiana, is not the first city that comes to mind as a major event destination.

6 Striking Bowling Alleys for Events

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With locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C.,

San Antonio No. 1 Among Best Cities for Conferences

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Columbus, Ohio , ranks No. Columbus, Ohio, 7. Cities with the largest convention centers and most hotels aren’t always the best cities for conferences.

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National Parks: A Natural Choice for Meetings

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Located 20 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park chronicles the history and culture of the surrounding region. A national park adventure doesn’t always require an epic trek. There are a number of options within easy driving distance of major meeting cities.

Tips on Culinary Marketing From a (Sometime) Food Writer

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million visitors each year—and Columbus, Ohio’s downtown coffee and ale trails.

Las Vegas, Austin and Orlando Earn Top Marks in J.D. Power Destination Study

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Midwest Region: Columbus, the state capital of Ohio and home of Ohio State University, ranks highest with a score of 799, followed by Kansas City with 791 and Indianapolis with 789. Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, accepted the J.D.

3 Musts for Attracting Your Millennial Niche on Social Media

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For instance, male millennials aged 20 to 25 years old in Ohio generally have different behaviors and patterns than female millennials 30-35 years-old in Los Angeles. Millennials have outnumbered baby boomers since 2015, creating significant buzz around targeting the younger demographic.

Interviews with Planners – Selena Browning

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Working in her parent's restaurant, waiting tables while she earned her degree from Ohio State University, groomed Selena for success in the hospitality industry. She enjoys planning events and the opportunity to share in the special moments of others. With many catering gigs under her belt, Selena ran the catering departments at Wright State University and Hoggy's Restaurant and Catering before finding her way to the Made From Scratch family.

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U.S. and Europe Power of Participation Workshops registration opens!

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ASegar was the best facilitator/presenter…by far!” — De-de Mulligan, CMP, CMM, former Director of Education, Ohio MPI Chapter. Whether you’re in the U.S. or Europe, I’ve got a POPWORKS workshop for you!

How The Economy Is Affecting B2B Exhibitions in 2017

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Capitalist economies do not simply grow steadily larger,” Jay Zagorsky, an economist and research scientist at Ohio State University, wrote in an essay for The Conversation, an online academic and research community, ear-lier this year.

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Airport Therapy Dogs, Pigs and Ponies Reduce Travel Stress

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They’re named Denver and Ruby, and they visit from Seven Oaks Farms in Hamilton, Ohio, to stand still for nuzzles and pets twice a month. Remember when spotting a dog in an airport terminal meant a red alert?

Cleveland Prepares for the Republican National Convention

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“It’s estimated that there are about 50,000 people coming in officially related to the convention,” said David Gilbert, president of the non-partisan 2016 Cleveland Host Committee, an Ohio nonprofit corporation founded to manage the process of bringing the RNC to town.

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