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Industry Insights

Update and Action Needed to Protect J1 Workers

In previous eClips and legislative alerts, we've notified you of a pending threat to Ohio businesses who use J-1 workers to supplement staffing. The administration is considering proposals to eliminate or restrict several J-1 cultural exchange programs, including the Summer Work Travel and Camp Counselor programs. Action is needed now to prevent loss of Ohio jobs, business revenues and tax dollars.

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New iPhone X Expected to Shift Trends in Travel Industry

Given the release of the newest iPhone X, available for pre-order in October, new trends are expected to emerge, influencing travel and technology. From mainstream augmented reality to enhanced mobile usability, new features are expected to be game changers for the travel industry. Learn the new features of the iPhone and how they are expected to shift marketing trends.

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More than Three Dozen Ohio Business Leaders Take Part in Congressional Travel Talks

The Ohio Travel Association staff was on the road during the month of August to make sure you had the opportunity to talk to some of your federal lawmakers. Through a partnership with U.S. Travel Association, Travel Talks were held with U.S. Representatives Marcy Kaptur, Pat Tiberi and Bill Johnson. More than three dozen industry leaders took part in the conversations, which was so important as they represent constituents and could give district perspectives of decisions in DC.

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Let's Talk! Encouraging Earned Vacation Time Use, Keeping Employees Drug Free and Other Employment Conversations

Be part of a national conversation and help influence employment policies throughout Ohio. On Oct. 10, Ohio travel industry professionals are gathering to discuss how to encourage employees to use earned vacation time (increasing productivity and retention, as well as encouraging additional traveler spending.) We are partnering with our friend's at U.S. Travel Association for Project Time Off and hope to use this time to develop best practices that can be shared with all Ohio employers, not just those in the travel industry. Also on the agenda is Governor Kasich's Start Talking initiative to help you keep your employees drug-free. If you are not responsible for setting human resource policies at your business or organization, please forward this important information to the appropriate person.

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September 28, 2017

Deadline for Paul Sherlock Award Nominations

Recognize an Ohio Travel Champion

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September 28, 2017

Deadline for Ohio Travel Industry Emerging Leader Award

Recognize a Promising Travel Industry Professional

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Employment Opportunities

09/21/2017

Visitor Information & Registration Specialists

Experience Columbus

The Visitor Information & Registration Specialists will provide visitors and clients with an extraordinary impression of Experience Columbus and the Columbus destination. The Visitor Information & Registration Specialists are deployed as needed and have two primary responsibilities: to provide visitor information and to staff registration tables at conventions.

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09/21/2017

Graphic Designer

Experience Columbus

This position is an in-house graphic designer that supports all departments of Experience Columbus and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. The designer is responsible for creating visual and online marketing and advertising material and managing production with outside vendors.

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09/21/2017

Social Media Coordinator

TourismOhio

TourismOhio is looking for a Social Media Specialist to work with the TourismOhio team to share the word about all there is to see and do in Ohio and engage travelers on social media using the Ohio. Find It Here. experiential brand. The successful candidate must be familiar with the latest techniques for engagement of audiences on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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