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Travel Agents and Operators & Planners

Travel Agents, Tour Operators, Meeting & Event Planners

Travel agents, tour operators and meeting & event planners make things happen in Ohio -- selling more than travel, tours, meetings and events. What do these professionals have in common? Selling experiences and serving the diverse groups of people who benefit from the strong network of professionals growing Ohio's tourism industry.

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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.

Another topic of particular interest for meeting planners on the Ohio Tourism Toolbox is the webpage, Industry Resources for Festivals & Events.

Connect with the many resources available through the Ohio Tourism Division.

Resources for Industry Professionals

The Ohio Travel Association
American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
Group Tour Media
Group Tour Planet Magazine & Rejuvenate Magazine for meeting planners in the faith-based meetings market, Collinson Publishing
Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
Ohio Chapter of Meeting Professionals International
Ohio Society of Association Executives (OSAE)
Tourism Dollars: Marketing Day Trips
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 Assembly Managers (IAAM)
International Association of Conference Centers (IACC)
International Association for Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
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 Festivals and Events Association (IFEA)
International Special Events Society (ISES)
National Business Travel Association (NBTA)
National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP)
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)