CINCINNATI, OH — April 13, 2016 – The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) will welcome a large group of local and regional meeting planners to the second annual Customer Showcase Expo in Sharonville, Ohio on April 13. Held at the newly-completed Princeton High School, the Expo will showcase new meeting venues and recent developments in the northern Cincinnati area, including Princeton High School’s Viking Village, Summit Park Blue Ash and the Sharonville Convention Center. The meeting planners in attendance represent the key decision makers and event coordinators for Cincinnati-based corporations, state associations and multi-management companies.
The CVB is in process of booking three major international conventions for their first-ever event in the United States. These conventions, as well as a surge in new national entrepreneurial conferences coming to Cincinnati for the first time (including FounderCon in October 2016), provide examples of how the region has become a compelling business and meeting destination.
Local business involvement and strong industry connections play a key role in attracting international conventions, and the CVB, REDI and others hope to increase new business by changing local perceptions of the region’s thriving economic climate. The Expo furthers the CVB’s “Think Global, Meet Local” program, which encourages Cincinnatians affiliated with businesses, professional associations and other special events to bring their conventions to the region.
"With nine Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the region and our thriving entrepreneurial community, there’s no question that we have a huge opportunity to bring more of those meetings home to Cincinnati,” said Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Hosting this event in Sharonville is the perfect illustration of the diversity of unique venues and services in the region.”
In addition to the CVB Vice President of Sales Barrie Perks, guest speakers include Kimm Coyner – Managing Director Project Team and JobsOhio for REDI, Dr. Thomas Tucker - Superintendent of Princeton City Schools, Tom Burton - Assistant Superintendent of Princeton City Schools, and Brian Kruse, Parks and Golf Superintendent of Summit Park in Blue Ash.
About the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau is an aggressive sales, marketing and service organization whose primary responsibility is to positively impact Hamilton County's and the City of Cincinnati's economy through convention, trade show and visitor expenditures. The travel and tourism industry traditionally has been a $4.4 billion industry in Cincinnati USA, employing 74,000 people in a variety of fields and bringing 24.1 million visitors to the region annually. For more information, click here.