Mayor Coleman Certified as Tourism Ambassador

Posted 04/17/2014
For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Beth Ervin
Director, Communications
Experience Columbus

COLUMBUS, OH (April 17, 2014) He's Columbus' leading booster, and now he has the certificate and the pin to prove it. On Wednesday, Mayor Michael B. Coleman completed the requirements, scoring 100% on a written exam, to become a Certified Tourism Ambassador, or CTA, for Greater Columbus.

The Certified Tourism AmbassadorTM (CTA) Program is a national certification and a respected professional achievement. The local program, administered by Experience Columbus and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, is aimed at empowering and equipping locals to be ambassadors for the Columbus experience visitors receive. More than 1,300 Greater Columbus CTAs have been certified since the program launched in January 2013.

"I am proud to be an official Columbus CTA," Mayor Coleman said. "This is an outstanding program that encourages all of us to be better hosts for our visitors and better advocates for our city."

"We are honored to welcome Mayor Coleman as a Greater Columbus CTA. This program engages the community and fosters a culture of quality service and welcoming residents," said Brian Ross, president and CEO of Experience Columbus. "It can provide an important competitive edge as we move into the national spotlight as a meeting, convention and leisure destination."

Details about the Certified Tourism Ambassador ProgramTM, including curriculum and enrollment information can be found at

As the convention and visitors bureau for Ohio's capital city, Experience Columbus' mission is to sell, market and promote the best of the destination to visitors. For more information about all Columbus has to offer for leisure visitors, sports, meetings, conventions and trade shows, go to or call 800-354-2657.

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