COLUMBUS, Ohio--Ohio travel interests will discuss the possibility
of privatizing the state's Division of Travel and Tourism during
the annual Conference on Tourism, Oct. 7 to 9.
The conference is organized by the Ohio Travel Association and
will take place in Akron at the Radisson Hotel City Centre.
The panel for the Privatization or Alternative Funding for
Travel and Tourism discussion will include Austin Mott III, chief
executive officer of Visit Florida, the Tallahassee, Fla.-based
public-private tourist promotion organization that replaced the
Florida Division of Tourism about two years ago.
Ilene Kamsler, executive vice president of the Colorado Hotel
& Lodging Association, also will be a panelist. The moderator
will be Ty Stroh, president of the Greater Columbus Convention
& Visitors Bureau.
The Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism receives $6.2 million
annually in public funding, according to Bobbi Sinn, executive
director of the Ohio Travel Association.
Conference registration costs $250; the Radisson's conference
room rate is $75 per night, single or double.
Ohio Travel Association
Phone: (614) 895-1931