This year marks the tenth year of the Regional Tourism Network, which was created to promote the entire 15 county region to visitors. President and CEO Linda Antus says the network is unique because there aren't many metropolitan areas that span three states and still work together for tourism.
“A visitor who’s coming here to have a good time doesn’t perceive anything separating us. They see the accessibility with the beautiful bridges we have right across our gorgeous Ohio River. They see that as an opportunity to kind of move back and forth and enjoy all the experiences they can have in this multi-county region,” she says.
Antus says the collaboration was beneficial during the 2008 recession.
“Meetings and conventions continue to grow. And leisure travel also continue(s) to grow. So our economic impact has grown despite the fact there was an economic downturn.”
Antus says, right now, local tourism leaders are working with Major League Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds to prepare for the All Star Game in July.
She says the All Star Game presents the region with a unique opportunity for promotion.
“It’s far beyond the All Star Game and that’s very exciting for our region. It becomes another image booster, if you will. It becomes another reason why people should feel proud to live here (and) work here,” Antus says.
“And those who want to play here and visit here are very excited about the opportunities that will surround that event.”
All Star Weekend is July 10 through July 14.