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Educational Opportunities

Learn more about convention and visitor bureaus and the hospitality industry through the following OACVB programs.

  • Annual Educational Conference – This annual two-day conference is held in the month of September and offers tourism leaders and staff a chance to learn more about their industry. Sessions range from topics on how to effectively manage a marketing campaign to new developments in technology. Networking is a strong focus of this seminar, as bureaus can meet other professionals at similar-sized bureaus.
  • Bi-Monthly Board Meetings – (for Executive Directors and Associate Members only) Every other month OACVB conducts a board meeting to discuss the operations of the association as well as industry issues. This is an excellent opportunity for members to stay abreast of the latest industry news and voice their own local issues to members.
  • Membership Surveys – (for Executive Directors and Associate Members only) Every two years the association compiles a membership survey that offers an extensive look at the operations of member bureaus. Questions range from what percentage of your budget is spent on marketing, administration, etc. to what benefits do you provide to staff. This survey is a unique opportunity for bureaus to evaluate their own operations based on bureaus of similar size. In addition, throughout the year, OACVB surveys members on special issues, such as the TODS program and state audits.
  • Director’s Handbook – As a member of the OACVB, you are entitled to a Director’s Handbook that includes everything you need to know about being a bureau director. Some of the categories includeWhat is a CVB, Know your Bed Tax, Marketing Plans, Working with the Media, and Boards that make a Difference, among many other topics.
  • Lodging Tax 101 – Almost every bureau director has had questions regarding their lodging tax at some point in their career. In order to answer these questions, the OACVB offers a Lodging Tax 101 book that includes charts, statistics, legislation, and the Ohio Revised Code, among many other topics.
  • Access to Destination-Marketing Literature – The state office possesses books on destination-marketing information, laws pertaining to convention facilities and a tax analysis of the lodging tax for areas throughout the state.