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BUCKEYE
STATE BOUND!
Ohio's vibrant capital is brimming
with world-class art, local flavors,
and natural beauty
BY MARYELLEN KENNEDY DUCKETT

COLUMBUS INSIDER
STAY
The new ABA member Holiday
Inn Express & Suites Columbus-​
Worthington has 84 guest rooms
and easy highway access.
SEE
The visually stunning National
Veterans Memorial and Museum is
the only tribute to veterans of all U.S.
conflicts and branches of service.
EAT
Taste the fresh, local flavors of the
celebrated North Market, a Columbus
institution since 1876.
DISCOVER
Be among the first to experience the
brand-new Adventure Cove exhibit at
the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a
state-of-the-art sea lion habitat.

E

ase your guests back into travel with a two-night tour stop
in Columbus, Ohio's forward-thinking capital. Named
one of the Travel Channel's top 10 domestic destinations
to visit in 2020, the dynamic city of neighborhoods is
uniquely prepared to welcome tour groups during this unprecedented time.
"Columbus has made a commitment to keeping
the health and safety of groups at the forefront
of reopening for visits and tours," says Roger
Dudley, director of tourism sales at ABA member
Experience Columbus. "We are one of the first
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destinations to coordinate a citywide pursuit of
itinerary ideas
the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC)
in Experience
Columbus'
STAR Accreditation, the cleaning industry's only
online Tour
Planner Guide.
outbreak prevention, response, and recovery
accreditation for facilities."
Dudley explains that this accreditation is a third-party level-up
opportunity to the city's Live Forward Pledge, in which businesses
commit to adhere to safety guidelines set by state and local health
officials, wear proper protective gear, and implement social distancing measures.
"With many of our group-friendly attractions, restaurants, and
hotels signing the Live Forward Pledge, you can rest assured your
group will receive top-notch care leading up to and during your visit
to Columbus," he adds.
In addition to being a vanguard of safety protocols, Columbus is a
convenient destination to get to and get around. The city is located
within a one-day drive for more than half the population of the U.S.
and Canada, and most attractions are less than 20 minutes apart.
"Timing out an itinerary is a breeze," Dudley says, "and Experience
Columbus is here to help you with that."

HOT

TIP

Scenic Views Inside and Out

Kick off your Columbus experience with artistic flair by scheduling a
curator-led tour of the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum
of Art. A world-class showcase of modern art, its collection is housed
in a renovated 1923 building in the vibrant Short North Arts District.
Billed as the "art and soul" of Columbus, the district is home to an
impressive collection of local galleries and boutiques.
Allow ample free time for gallery-hopping and shopping in
Short North before meeting up at a group-friendly eatery such as
Gallerie Bar & Bistro. Located in the light-filled atrium of the Hilton
Columbus Downtown, the Gallerie Bar & Bistro features locally
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