Lunch & Learn: The Impact of Tourism

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Name: Lunch & Learn: The Impact of Tourism
Date: September 12, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:
Melinda Huntley, Executive Director of the Ohio Travel Association, will speak on tourism and the impact it has on our region.
The Power of Travel and Travel Promotion: Driving Business, Jobs and Economic Development When people hit the roads exploring Ohio, they spend money. In fact, the 219 million travelers through Ohio generate $44 billion in economic activity each year for Ohio communities and support more than 428,000 jobs. We’ll take an up-close-and-personal look at the flow of the traveler dollar in our communities, and how a local economy that invests in travel and tourism as part of its economic development strategy can reap rewards. We’ll also talk about how travel promotion helps fuel this cycle of spending and the role of front-line jobs in transforming Ohio’s workforce. 
The Lunch & Learn includes a buffet style lunch and educational seminar. Click REGISTER NOW
More about our speaker:
Melinda Huntley is the executive director of the Ohio Travel Association, the trade association for Ohio’s $44 billion travel economy including museums, attractions, visitors bureau, retail shops, hotels, restaurants, and other types of businesses who depend on travel. Led by industry leaders, the Ohio Travel Association provides thought leadership for the industry and backs smart policies that increase travel in Ohio and helps businesses. The Ohio Travel Association also produces the state tourism conference, keeps the industry up-to-date on market trends and news, and provides professional development for the travel industry.
She started her travel career in public relations at Cedar Point, then led the Lake Erie Shores and Islands/Ottawa County Visitors Bureau and tackled sustainable tourism opportunities as Tourism Director for Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program. She has a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the OSU John Glenn School of Public Affairs and currently serves as chair of the Ohio Business Coalition for Education.
Huntley is an avid yogi and a certified yoga teacher. She enjoys bricks-and-mortar bookstores, hiking and biking, coffee shops, live theatre, photography, kayaking and traveling the nooks and crannies of Ohio. Perkins graduates, her sons (Shane and Nate) now live in Perrysburg and New York City with their wives, Stephanie and Jackie.
Event Media:
Sandusky Yacht Club
529 E Water Street
Sandusky, OH 44870
Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, September 12th
11:30am to 1:30pm
Contact Information:
Erie County Chamber of Commerce
$35 per member, must register in advance.
Limited seating available.
($45 non-member rate)