Lee Tasseff was recognized with the state’s highest tourism industry honor, the Paul Sherlock Award in Tourism, during the Ohio Conference on Tourism, Nov. 16. The president of the Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tasseff was presented the peer award at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris. Tasseff was hired as executive director, now president, of the Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau in 1990. He’s held numerous leadership roles at the local, regional and state level, including president of the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus and the Ohio Travel Association. Tasseff is a current board member of the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association. “Lee is known throughout the state as change-maker with an instinctive understanding of tourism and its contributions to the economy,“ says Ohio Travel Association Executive Director Melinda Huntley.
Pumpkin pies, cranberries, and mistletoe lead us to the season of shopping, decking the halls, and trying to wedge every possible activity into our schedules. Memories are made here, so let us give you a heads up and reminder of early winter and holiday traditions not to be missed like visiting a Christmas tree farm, outdoor ice skating, and theatre classics like White Christmas. Here’s our Tourism Ten for the season:
They drove along Reformatory Drive, their attention captured by the stone monster flickering through the fence. Ahead was an avenue of buckeye trees emphasizing – “arrival.” It led smack into the prison, looming as an imposing castle. “How would you like to live across the street from a prison?” A man asked a boy as they walked, gesturing at the houses across the way. “Living across from a castle would be awesome!” The boy exclaimed, ignoring the leading question.
Destination Mansfield, Ohio: see the feature about Mansfield's downtown area featured on WOSU's program "Broad & High". Click to view the video.
Raise your glass to another beautiful fall season! Breweries across Ohio are taking advantage of the spirit of fall, tapping into popular autumn flavors. From local-favorite and newer breweries, to haunted breweries with a historic past, there has never been a better time to be a beer drinker in Ohio. Congratulations to The Phoexnix Brewing Company for making the Discover Ohio list.
On a visit to see my parents about 20 years ago, they had The Shawshank Redemption playing on their television. I hadn't even heard of the movie. Forrest Gump was the big deal at the time. As I stood at my parent’s door watching this movie, never even sitting down, Shawshank Redemption became my favorite instantly. This movie had it all to me, the music, cast of characters, plot and great friendship, to me these things make the movie real. Little did I realize that I'd propose to my girlfriend as we traveled The Shawshank Trail in Mansfield, Ohio.
Mayor Tim Theaker announced NASA’s Super Guppy will make its first appearance in Mansfield, Ohio on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Mansfield Lahm Airport. The aircraft will be stationed in a location where the general public can view the plane following its arrival. Spectators are asked to enter the viewing area through the Airport Terminal Building. See details about the Super Guppy here.
The Mansfield/Richland County CVB has a long tradition working with the Group Tour market. Watching motorcoaches pull into area attractions and hotels makes CVB Group Tour Director Jodie Snavely very happy. “While some cities stopped pursuing this market, Mansfield continued to cultivate the long-standing relationships we had built over the years. We’re currently engaging Tour Operators to bring their groups to experience The Shawshank Trail, among other area favorites, said Snavely. She also emphasized, “It’s those extra goodies you offer to tour groups that can make you stand out from your competitors and make a trip memorable.” Here are some fun ideas to consider:
The leaves are changing! Fabulous fall is here and Mansfield and Richland County Ohio fill the sunny crisp days and cool nights with all your favorites. Click here to plan ahead for peak color with the fall color map. Traditional fall festivals, outdoor exploration, and of course the haunted and scary are all here. Get them on your calendar before fall slips away. Here’s our Fall Tourism Top Ten.
The changing of the leaves in fall in preparation for winter, brings a flood of memories of the seasonal changes and why I love Ohio in fall. Something about sitting around a warm campfire, eating fall food favorites and walking in the woods hearing the leaves crunch beneath your shoes, invigorates the body and soul. Learn more from Guest Blogger Louis Andres, Park Specialist, Pleasant Hill Lake Park about fall in the great outdoors.