1THE GCCC HAS A WHOLE NE W LOOK The Greater Columbus Convention
Center (GCCC) will roll out its long-await-ed, $125-million expansion and renovation
2COLUMBUS IS VISITOR;APPROVED Columbus ranked “Highest in Visitor
Satisfaction in the Midwest” by J.D. Power*
in the 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Study.
3THEY’LL FLY IN TO A MODERN AIRPORT John Glenn Columbus
International Airport completed a three-year, $80-million renovation and modernization project in 2016 that revamped the
passenger experience, including adding
one of the fastest airport Wi-Fi networks in
the United States.
4GROWING GREENER BY THE DAY During the past 20 years, more than
179 acres of new or renovated parks have
transformed Columbus’ riverfront.
5GE T DOWNTOWN QUICKLY AND CHEAPLY AirConnect, launched in
2016, connects passengers arriving at John
Glenn Columbus International Airport to the
GCCC and downtown hotels for just $2.75.
6MORE COFFEE AND BEER THAN EVER By April, the Columbus Ale Trail
will include 28 breweries and the Columbus
Co;ee Trail will have 17 co;ee shops.
7NEW OFF;SITE OPTIONS ARE VERYWHERE The Columbus
Museum of Art has spaces for meeting and
events, and the new, 12,000-square-foot
Wells Barn at Franklin Park Conservatory
and Botanical Gardens comes equipped
with a demonstration kitchen, a stone ;ire-place, and a covered porch.
8NEW ATTRAC TIONS ARE IN THE PIPELINE The National Veterans
Memorial & Museum will open in 2018,
and through a new partnership, COSI, the
Center of Science and Industry, will open
the American Museum of Natural History
Dinosaur Gallery in 2017 and the American
Museum of Natural History Exhibition Gallery in 2018.
9THE HO TEL INVENTORY IS GROW; ING The 149-room Hotel LeVeque, an
Autograph Collection hotel, opened downtown in March 2017.
10AN EASIER PATH TO S TROLL A redesign of High Street in the
popular Short North Arts District will make
accessing the area’s 100-plus restaurants,
galleries, and boutiques by foot much easier.
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Experience Columbus —
No slowing down
Columbus has grown exponentially in the last few years, so much so that even returning groups will ;ind
something fresh and new in the destination.
Greener pastures Columbus’ Scioto Mile has been extended through the Scioto Greenways
project, which recently added 33 acres of new parkland and 1. 5 miles of multiuse trails to downtown.
Honor and service When it opens, the
National Veterans Memorial & Museum will
be the only space dedicated to the stories
of veterans across all branches of service
and all eras of con;lict.
*Columbus, Ohio, received the highest numerical score among
eight cities in the Midwest in the J. D. Power 2016 Destination
Experience Satisfaction Study, based on 26, 124 total responses,
measuring the experiences and perceptions of travelers who
visited a top 50 U.S. destination, surveyed February–July 2016.
Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.