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Festivals and Events

With so many unique communities and destinations in Ohio, a variety of festivals and events generate visitor spending throughout the year. Whether it is the leisure traveler or the business traveler, festivals and events are great attractions that contribute to Ohio's growing tourism industry.

Festivals and events can attract visitors to a destination, extend a visitor's length of stay, and showcase a community's culture and heritage. The result is increased visitor spending in a community.

Ohio tourism has continued to grow throughout the years because of many businesses and organizations working together to attract visitors and provide exceptional experiences for day trip and overnight travelers. The sections on the "Industry Resources" portion of the Ohio Tourism Toolbox provide resources for many different professionals that come together to make Ohio tourism one of the largest industries in the state. While each section focuses on a specific group of professionals, much can be learned from seeing the industry from various points of view.

How To Develop Festivals & Events

Here are a few resources from The National Trust for Historic Preservation

Resources for Industry Professionals

The Ohio Festivals and Events Association
This association provides opportunities to exchange information and ideas with other festivals/event representatives and acts as a clearinghouse for solutions to the common problems encountered in the festival & event business.
International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA)
Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors (ACCED)
AMC Institute (AMC)
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
Association for Convention Operations Management (ACOM)
Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR)
Entertainment Services & Technology Association (ESTA)
Exhibit Designers and Producers Association (EDPA)
Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA)
Financial and Insurance Conference Planners (FICP)
Healthcare Convention and Exhibitors Association (HCEA)

International Association of Conference Centers (IACC)
International Association for Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE)
International Association of Hispanic Meeting Professionals (IAHMP)
International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO)
International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB)
International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
International Special Events Society (ISES)

National Business Travel Association (NBTA)
National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP)
National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA)
National Speakers Association (NSA)

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA)
Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP)
Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE)

Resources for Educators & Researchers

International Conference on Festivals & Events Research (ICFER)