Ohio considers privatizing tourism unit

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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

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