MARIETTA - The executive director of the Ohio Travel Association will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Comfort Inn in Marietta.
Melinda Huntley will discuss the tourism industry in Ohio and how travel across this state impacts communities by creating jobs and stimulating local economies. She uses statistics and personal experiences from her time in the industry.
Also to be highlighted are the successes of 2013 and the 2014 strategic plan, said Jeri Knowlton, executive director of the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Last year was a successful year for the bureau and key indicators point to a good travel year for 2014, too, she said.
"We are proud of our work to promote the Marietta-Washington County area as a distinctive destination," Knowlton said. "We want to continue to develop the outdoor recreation market and grow leisure and group travel."
Huntley, the executive director of the association since September 2012, is a 26-year veteran of the industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in biomedical communications from Ohio State University and a master's in public policy and administration from the OSU John Glenn School of Public Affairs.
In 2011, her peers voted to give her the highest honor the Ohio tourism industry bestows, the Paul Sherlock Award.
If You Go
* Who: Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau
* What: Annual Meeting
* Where: Comfort Inn
* When: 7 p.m. Feb. 18
* Why: Keynote Speaker is Melinda J. Huntley, executive director at Ohio Travel Association.
* How: Free for members, $15 for non-members.
For more information or to RSVP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740-373-5178. Prime Steak and Seafood will be serving dinner and the House of Wines will have an assortment of wine.
Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members.