I’m excited about the opportunity to market and sell our great Dublin Ohio tourism product next week to a worldwide audience at the U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow Wow. The event is the travel industry's premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S.  It is NOT a typical trade show. In just three days of intensive pre-scheduled business appointments, more than 1,000 U.S. travel organizations from every region of the USA (representing all industry category components), and close to 1,200 International and Domestic Buyers from more than 70 countries, conduct business negotiations that result in the generation of more than $3.5 billion in future Visit USA travel. At International Pow Wow, buyers and sellers are able to conduct business that would otherwise be generated only through an exhaustive number of around-the-world trips.

Another exciting factor is that the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau will be attending the show with the Ohio Tourism Division and Experience Columbus. This is just another example of the unique collaboration and regional partnerships we have with the State of Ohio and Columbus. All of our respective organizations win when we can position our region as a great destination.

In addition to selling all of the great things there are for visitors to do in the City of Dublin Ohio, I will also be focusing on raising awareness and helping to book new business to the 2013 Presidents Cup, held September 30 – October 6 at Muirfield Village in Dublin. The Presidents Cup is truly an international event! We continue to work hard to attract many U.S. and international visitors for this great event. Be sure to check the Dublin CVB’s Facebook page and/or follow me on Twitter (@Scott_DublinCVB) for updates from next week’s Pow Wow.

~Scott Dring is the Executive Director of the Dublin Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau.